Kansas State got some good news and Goodnews on the first day of the early basketball signing period Wednesday, landing four players for its 2019 recruiting class.
Less than 24 hours after losing shooting guard Damerius Wash, the Wildcats picked up a replacement when Goodnews Kpegeol signed a letter of intent.
“We are excited to welcome Goodnews to K-State!” K-State coach Bruce Weber said on his Twitter account. “He has a lot of abilities, a lot of skill.
“He gives us that versatile, swing guy. The biggest thing with him is that he can make plays.”
Kpegeol, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound guard originally from St. Paul, Minn., took an official visit to K-State last weekend but had not publicly committed before signing Wednesday. He played for North High School in North St. Paul and is currently enrolled as a postgraduate at TaylorMade Prep in Pensacola, Fla.
Kpegeo fills the void left by Wash, from Wichita’s Sunrise Christian, who announced Tuesday via Twitter that he was re-opening his recruitment.
The Wildcats also got signatures Wednesday from Chicago shooting guard Dajuan Gordon plus power forwards Antonio Gordon of Lawton, Okla., and Montavious Murphy from Spring, Texas. That should complete K-State’s 2019 recruiting class, barring any roster moves.
Dajuan Gordon, a 6-foot-3, 170-pounder from Curie High School in Chicago, is a four-star prospect by 247Sports.com and is ranked No. 4 in the state of Illinois. He initially committed to SMU but later chose K-State over DePaul, Mississippi, Nebraska, Xavier and several others.
Antonio Gordon, a 6-9, 205-pound forward from Eisenhower High School in Lawton, averaged 20.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a high school junior. He played for the MoKan Elite AAU program in Kansas City and had committed to Tulsa, but switched to K-State when the Wildcats made their offer.
“We’re excited to welcome Antonio to K-State,” Weber tweeted. “He can shoot the 3 and has a great motor.
“One of the things that stands out about him is that he is very skilled for a guy his size and plays very hard.”
Murphy, also 6-9, played last year for Klein Collins High School, but is enrolled at Concordia Lutheran for his senior season. Like Antonio Gordon, he has a three-star rating from 247Sports, and he is rated the No. 23 player in Texas.
K-State women sign two
The K-State women’s team announced two signings on Wednesday, picking up forward Emma Chapman from Columbia, Mo., and guard Jada Thorpe from Chicago.
The 6-2 Chapman averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks last year for Columbia Hickman High School.
Thorpe, 5-7, averaged 16.6 points and five assists last year at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., but is playing for Simeon Career Academy as a senior.