Tag:Kansas State
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 3:05 pm

Robert Upshaw will announce for Kansas State

By Jeff Borzello

Robert Upshaw is expected to announce his decision at 5 p.m., but word is already leaking out about his destination.

Upshaw’s mother confirmed to CBSSports.com that he would sign a letter-of-intent with Kansas State during a press conference at his high school today. Scout.com first reported the news that he was likely headed to Manhattan on Sunday afternoon.

"The program had everything he was looking for," Ceylon Sherman said.  

Upshaw, a 7-foot center from San Joaquin Memorial High School (Calif.), chose the Wildcats over Louisville, Georgetown and hometown Fresno State.

He is ranked No. 40 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. Upshaw has plenty of potential down low, due to his length and size. He has the all the tools necessary to be a big-time post player, with his variety of post moves. In the future, though, he needs to use his size better and also make himself more available in the paint. Upshaw does have a good face-up jumper and is a very good shot blocker at the defensive end.

His fit at Kansas State will be interesting to watch in a year or two. Upshaw is more of a finesse player, while head coach Frank Martin has used more of a rough-and-tumble big man in the past. If Upshaw continues to develop, though, he will be an impact player in the Big 12.

He joins 7-footer Laimonas Chatkevicius in Kansas State’s 2012 class.

Photo: Adidas

Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: October 21, 2011 12:03 pm

Notebook: Blaise Mbargorba goes with SMU

By Jeff Borzello

If SMU indeed moves to the Big East in the next couple of years, the Mustangs will need Big East-level talent.

They started the process on Friday, getting a commitment from Blaise Mbargorba. The news was first reported by Scout.com.

Mbargorba is a 6-foot-11 Cameroon native, who burst onto the scene in 2009 as a relative unknown. The Peddie School (N.J.) product is very strong and athletic, and he moves fairly well for someone his size. He knows how to get position inside, and he has soft hands. Mbargorba’s offense is still somewhat raw, but he continues to improve.

He was considered a Vanderbilt lean for most of his recruitment, but the Mustangs made a late run to snag him. Mbargorba also held offers from Temple, Virginia Tech, Saint Joseph’s, West Virginia, George Mason, Northwestern, Clemson, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Columbia.

Commitment Catch-Up:

  • D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown
  • Jordon Granger, Auburn
  • Ashauhn Dixon-Tatum, Auburn
  • Jordan Hare, Rhode Island
  • Brett Boese, Washington State
  • Richard Longrus, Washington State
  • Mychael Qualls, Arkansas
  • Ryan Rosburg, Missouri
  • Clyde Smith, TCU
  • Charles Hill, TCU
  • Kyle Molock, Saint Joseph’s
  • Zach En’Wezoh, Columbia

Important Visitors:

  • Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona
  • Willie Cauley, Kansas State
  • Phil Nolan, Clemson
  • Alex Poythress, Memphis
  • T.J. Warren, Georgetown
  • DaJuan Coleman, Ohio State
  • Gary Harris, Kentucky
  • Amile Jefferson, Kentucky
  • Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame (2013)
  • Allerik Freeman, Villanova (2013)
  • Keith Frazier, Arizona (2013)
  • Stephen Domingo, Arizona (2013)

Decision Time:

Dermarquise Johnson, a 2012 wing from Arizona, will choose Saturday between Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and UNLV.
- Ioannis Papaetrou will choose between Texas and Kansas on Saturday
- On Monday, Terry Henderson will decide between NC State, Georgia, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fl.), Rutgers, George Mason and Richmond.

News and Notes:
2012 point guard Josh Gray decommitted from Mississippi State. 

Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 10:45 am

Willie Cauley dominating on gridiron, too


Jeff Borzello

The idea of lining up across from a 7-foot center in basketball is scary enough, but what about a 7-foot wide receiver on the football field?

That’s what opponents of Olathe Northwest (Kan.) have had to deal with all season.

Willie Cauley, the No. 47 player in the class of 2012 for basketball, has been tearing it up on the gridiron this fall. Due to his size, speed and athleticism, he is a nightmare matchup for opposing cornerbacks. Over the weekend, Cauley had 11 catches for 223 yards and a touchdown. Through five games, he has racked up 38 receptions for 695 yards and nine touchdowns.

“I’ve played since I was in fourth grade,” Cauley said.

While he hasn’t really thought about playing both sports in high school, Kansas State has mentioned it. The Wildcats have attended multiple football games, while Kentucky has also been to one.

On the basketball recruiting front, Cauley is making progress. He cut his list to four schools last month, and has scheduled all his visits. Cauley will take a trip to Alabama this weekend, Kentucky for Big Blue Madness and Kansas State the following weekend.

Alabama has visited Olathe Northwest (Kan.), Kansas State is coming today, while Kentucky has also made a stop at the school.

The fourth school on his list is Florida; he visited the Gators in mid-September.

“[I liked] the coaches and people,” Cauley said.

Interestingly, Cauley isn’t sure what he’s looking for in a school. He is heading into each visit with an open mind in order to get a complete feel for what the school offers.

Cauley was one of the fastest-rising big men in the country during the spring and summer. He is extremely long and runs the floor better than most players at his position. Cauley is capable of knocking down mid-range jumpers, but is also active on the offensive glass and around the rim. He is also a very good shot-blocker.

“I’m working on 14-16-foot jumpers and ball-handling,” he said. “I’m still trying to figure out what I do bring to the table.”

There are some people who think Cauley is a Kentucky lean, and while that might be true, he claims there are no favorites.

Either way, the end is in sight for Cauley’s recruitment.

“I want to sign in November,” he said.

Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:56 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 11:14 am

Ishmail Wainright happy with move to Montrose

By Jeff Borzello

When Ishmail Wainright made the move from Raytown South (Mo.) to Montrose Christian (Md.), a lot of things changed.

Wainright was suddenly nearly 1,000 miles from home, with new friends, new teammates, new style of play and more pressure. But the biggest difference for Wainright?

“The weather,” he said. “It rains too much.”

Not surprisingly, Wainright is extremely happy with his decision to leave home and go to the vaunted private school near Washington D.C.

“This was one of the best moves by far,” he said. “The only move, really. It’s a great education.”

Although the season has not yet started, Wainright has already noticed a difference in the attendance at the preseason workouts. The door leading to the gym is a revolving door of high-major head coaches and some of the best recruiters in the country.

UCLA, Texas, Kansas State, Alabama, Providence, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, UMKC, Georgetown, Maryland, Villanova have all stopped by. St. John’s, Texas A&M, Baylor and Missouri were there on Wednesday. Louisville is expected to come soon, while Memphis set up a date to check out Wainright as well.

“I didn’t know it was going to be like this,” Wainright said. “I was just thinking in my head, ‘I don’t know who is going to see me, I don’t know who likes my game.’

“When I got there, coach [Stu] Vetter sat me down and said, ‘Now you know you will be hearing from coaches that you’ve never heard from, right?’ I just giggled. I thought he was playing, but it was for real.”

Wainright has had an interesting recruitment so far. He committed to Missouri in May, becoming new head coach Frank Haith’s first big-time recruit since taking over the Tigers. In late June, though, but suddenly decommitted and reopened his process.

After a few underwhelming performances with Memphis YOMCA on the Nike AAU circuit in the spring, Wainright won back his reputation with the KC 76ers in Las Vegas. He led his team to a surprising Fab 48 title, outplaying No. 1 prospect Jabari Parker in a head-to-head battle.

Wainright currently holds offers from Syracuse, Baylor, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado, St. John’s, UMKC, Florida, Nebraska and Louisville.

While he doesn’t have any specific visits planned, he wants to attend Louisville’s Midnight Madness festivities.

“I don’t have [a favorite] right now,” Wainright said.

Wainright, a 6-foot-5 small forward, is ranked as a five-star prospect in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 rankings for 2013. He is No. 17 in the country.

Photo: STLToday

Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:03 pm

Tyler Roberson attracting plenty of attention

By Jeff Borzello

Fairly unknown nationally, Tyler Roberson was one of the more underrated players heading into the LeBron James Skills Academy.

While there, Roberson showcased his inside-outside game and parlayed that performance into a top-75 ranking and plenty of new college interest.

“My game changed a lot and then I had opportunities to showcase myself,” Roberson said.

Roberson, a 6-foot-7 junior forward from Roselle Catholic (N.J.), holds offers from Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Kansas State, Saint Joseph’s and Virginia Tech. Connecticut and others have also been through to watch him work out over the past couple of weeks.

“More schools have been recruiting me,” Roberson said of the uptick in recruitment since his standout play during the summer.

He has not taken any unofficial visits and does not plan to anytime soon. Roberson is willing to take his time with the recruiting process, but he knows what he is looking for in a school.

“A school with good academics,” Roberson said. “And one that fits my style of play.”

He is ranked No. 62 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.

Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:38 am

Decision coming soon for Elijah Macon


By Jeff Borzello

Elijah Macon has been through all of this before.

Because he once committed to West Virginia before reopening his recruitment in March 2010, Macon knows the perils of rushing into a decision.

“I know what to look for,” he said.

Macon is going through the process for a second time, and he still has plenty of teams in hot pursuit. DePaul and West Virginia have come through for in-home visits, while Kansas State, Louisville and Pittsburgh have also gone to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) to watch him work out.

The Ohio native will take an official visit to West Virginia this weekend, but he already took one to Pittsburgh.

“Pitt was cool,” Macon said. “I saw a lot of different things.”

The 6-foot-8 power forward is ranked No. 61 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He does a lot of his damage in transition, beating opponents down the court for easy baskets at the rim. His back-to-the-basket game is still developing, but he can face-up and knock down mid-range jumpers. Macon is also very solid defensively because of his length and athleticism.

“I believe this past summer I showed other things I can do and things I have improved from the year before,” Macon said in late August.

Although West Virginia and Pitt are the rumored favorites, Macon said he has no leaders at this point.

Despite that, his recruitment looks like it will be coming to a close in the near-future.

“It’s coming soon,” Macon said.

Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:30 pm

Perry Ellis set to announce decision

By Jeff Borzello

Kyle Anderson isn’t the only star recruit making his decision this week.

Perry Ellis, a 6-foot-8 forward from Wichita Heights (Kan.), will announce his commitment on Wednesday during a press conference at his high school. The announcement will take place at 2:45 local time.

Ellis is down to four schools: Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State.

“Ellis plans to sign a letter of intent with his final choice in November, during the early signing period,” Joe Auer, his high school coach, stated in an email.

Ellis can score in a variety of ways, with his back to the basket or in the mid-range while facing up. He knows how to finish at the rim, and runs the floor effectively. Ellis is ranked No. 27 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.  

Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:26 pm

Allerik Freeman trimming list to nine

By Jeff Borzello

June was the key month for Allerik Freeman.

Prior to it, he was considering a prospect that could play at the high-major level. After big-time weekends at the Nike Elite 100 and NBPA Top 100 Camp, Freeman became one of the most sought-after players in the country.

An impressive July vaulted him to the No. 15 spot in the CBSSports.com Top 100.

“I feel like I’ve been getting better and I played more on the main stage this year,” Freeman said.

While he has always been able to use his strength and finishing ability to execute off the dribble, Freeman expanded his game in the past few months to make himself more dangerous.

“My pull-up three ball,” he said. “I’ve zoned in on my mid-range game, and just using my speed and size.”

In terms of recruiting, so many schools are pursuing Freeman that he barely remembers all of them.

He holds offers from North Carolina State, Miami (Fl.), Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Xavier, UNLV, Georgetown, Baylor, Oklahoma, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Memphis, Texas, Villanova and Wake Forest, while also hearing from North Carolina, Clemson, Marquette, DePaul, Florida State and Arizona.

With upwards of 30 schools vying for his services, Freeman is ready to start eliminating suitors.

“I’m cutting it to nine by August 25th,” he said.

Photo: VUHoops.com 

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