If Malek Harris commits to Kansas State this weekend it would be huge for both Bruce Weber and the Kansas State Wildcats basketball program.
The 6-foot-7 small forward will announce his college decision this weekend on Mother’s day and if he commits to Kansas State he would be the first Rivals.com Top150 player that Bruce Weber will have brought to Manhattan.
The 4 star recruit from Illinois has been described as versatile player that can perform in any role on the court and especially well on the defensive side of the ball. The other schools thought to still be in the mix for Harris include both Gonzaga and Virginia Tech, now coached by Buzz Williams who Harris originally committed to while Williams was still at Marquette.
After Buzz Williams departed Marquette, Harris quickly de-commited and took a visit to K-State, which reportedly went so well that he gave a verbal commitment to Weber and the Wildcats as well as canceling a scheduled visit to Virginia Tech according to Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star.
A reported major factor in Harris’ decision has to do with the great family atmosphere he felt at Kansas State. Family is so important to Harris that he chose to make his decision on Mother’s day because his mother and grandmother are such huge fans of his.
Family is one of the recurring themes with Kansas State Athletics, with both the football and basketball teams placing an emphasis on being a family and being there for one another. Which can only improve K-State’s chances to land Harris.
If Harris does commit to K-State I will be through the roof excited about this and so should you. His commitment would be very important to solidifying Weber’s status in Manhattan and dissuading some of the critics who don’t believe he can win with ‘his own guys’.
Based on those youtube videos I would imagine he would play at both the small forward and power forward spot for the Wildcats, since the Cats are hurting for big men to round out the front court but I’m not a recruiting guru so make up your own mind and let us know what you think in the comments.
In other recruiting news: the first recruiting weekend of the off-season was several weeks ago, and with the news that K-State had become the front runners for Malek Harris also came the news that Kansas State offered scholarships to class of 2016 recruits De’Aaron Fox, Schnider Herard, and Greg Williams.
This is in addition to several 4 and 5 star recruits K-State is courting in the class of 2015. While these players’ decisions are a ways in the future and they are no doubt getting offers from bigger, more successful schools it is great to see Weber and his staff not being afraid to go after the bigger recruits.