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National Signing Day isn’t until April 17, but Kansas State got a jump start on the process by inking point guard Jevon Thomas on Wednesday as a mid-year enrollee. A three-star prospect, Thomas experienced an interesting journey before eventually landing in Manhattan. Listed at just under six foot, Thomas is originally from Queens, N.Y. and committed to nearby St. John’s. However, Thomas left New York and enrolled at a Wisconsin prep school – St. Johns Northwest Military Academy – which caused him to reevaluate his decision. His final landing spot was Quality Education Academy in North Carolina, where he received his diploma. While at QEA he averaged 16 points and 12 assists for the 23-6 squad. He had also committed to Dayton before eventually choosing K-State.
As a mid-year enrollee, Thomas was granted a waiver by the NCAA to practice and play with the Wildcats at the conclusion of the 2013 fall semester, so he will begin play just as the conference season begin warming up. He will have four years of eligibility. Thomas will likely back up Angel Rodriguez, and should provide solid minutes when Rodriguez rests while engaging in a similar style of play. His double digit assist average is indicative of his vision and awareness. He is also a speedy player, another positive trait of K-State’s current starting point guard. On the defensive end, Coach Weber stated that “We’re excited to welcome Jevon to our program… we believe he has the ability to become a lockdown defender as he develops as a basketball player.”
In addition to Thomas, K-State has already signed Marcus Foster, the nation’s #39 point guard according to ESPN, and Wesley Iwundu, the nation’s #27 shooting guard. Seeking bigger bodies, the team has received a commitment from the nation’s #29 center – Neville Fincher Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy – to fill its final scholarship allotment.