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Kansas State adds size with fourth 2015 commitment

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Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber and his staff have done a good job with their 2015 recruiting class thus far, entering the weekend with three players having verbally committed to joining the program next year. Saturday it was reported that Kansas State received a fourth verbal commitment in the class, with three-star center Dante Williams making the decision to spend his college years in Manhattan according to Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle.

Williams took an official visit to K-State two weeks ago. After watching K-State win its opening football game against Stephen F. Austin and thinking about his options, he decided to play for the Wildcats.

Williams is a native of Arlington, Texas and is listed as being 6-foot-10, but at July’s adidas Unrivaled camp in Chicago he was listed on the roster as being 7-feet even. Williams made one of the camp’s four all-star teams that weekend, and he played with the Texas Select program this summer.

Whether he’s 6-foot-10 or 7-feet tall, Williams gives Kansas State some additional size when the 2015-16 season arrives. Williams joins guard Barry Brown and forwards Dean Wade and Eric Cobb as players who have committed to Kansas State. With regards to their interior options the Wildcats have just one player entering his senior season, and that’s 6-foot-9 power forward Thomas Gipson.

Duke Mondy making most of chance at Oakland

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The college career of Oakland guard Duke Mondy hasn’t been an easy one.

Mondy, who hails from Grand Rapids, MI, was recruited to Providence by then head coach Keno Davis. He spent his freshman and sophomore seasons with the Friars, but was in and out of disciplinary trouble there. Mondy was benched for the final four games of the 2010-11 season due to a “coach’s decision,” which ultimately led to his transfer to Oakland.

After sitting out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Mondy was an immediate impact player for the Golden Grizzlies a season ago. He was third on the team in scoring, and led in assists at 5.1 per game. Perhaps his biggest impact on the floor, however, was on the defensive end where he averaged 3.0 steals per game. This year, he has upped that average to a remarkable 4.0 per game — no played has finished above four steals per game since 2002.

Mondy told Noah Trister of Kentucky.com: “I kind of put myself — if I was a player, at each position, what would I do?” Mondy said. “Like, if I was the center, what would I do? Would I kick it out? Or if I was the point guard, would I penetrate and try to kick?”

There’s no question he has a knack for the ball, but he also has a nose for trouble.

If you recognize Mondy’s name, that’s most likely due to an off-the-court incident earlier this season when Oakland was on the road in California. Mondy and teammate Dante Williams were arrested based on a woman’s sexual assault complaint. Authorities in California did not proceed with formal criminal charges, but a bad taste was still left in Oakland head coach Greg Kampe’s mouth.

Said Kampe:

“I have a real problem with what happened in California, morally, but I didn’t grow up on the streets, or how he grew up. The compass that I have inside of me and the compass that Duke has inside of him aren’t the same. … Duke is a good young man. We’ve just got to work on his compass.”

Kampe has provided Mondy with chances to redeem himself, both after his issues at Providence and most recent one in California. The chances have paid dividends on the floor for Oakland. Kampe explained what an impact Mondy has had:

I’ve never seen anything like it. We knew it when we got him. The sit-out year, he just took the ball from us in practice all the time. Early on, it caused us as many problems as it helped us, because he’s gambling and putting us in a bad situation, and that’ll happen now and then. But you have to live with that if you want the five run-outs that you’re going to get in a game.

Oakland played a brutal schedule in the non-conference, and are out to a less than stellar 5-11 record as a result, but are looking to get on track during Horizon League play, where they are competing in their first season after coming over from the Summit League.

Like many coaches, Kampe is having a profound affect on Mondy off the court. Mondy said: “He’s going to tell me straight, how it is. He’s not going to sugar coat anything. He’s been hard on me. He’s been helping me a lot, changing my life around.”

While Kampe is helping Mondy to turn things around, Mondy is still focusing on creating headaches on the floor for the opposition, and he’s doing a damn good job at that.

Oakland reinstates Duke Mondy, Dante Williams after two-game suspension

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Last week the Oakland Golden Grizzlies’ road trip to California took a turn for the worse when it was reported that players Duke Mondy and Dante Williams were arrested on charges of felony rape. Those charges would ultimately be dropped, but head coach Greg Kampe made the decision to send both home ahead of the team’s game at Cal.

It was unknown just how long the suspension of the two players would last, and on Wednesday the school announced that both have been reinstated. Mondy and Williams missed games against Cal and Gonzaga as a result of what was termed as a violation of team policies with both having broken curfew.

“I am at issue with the moral connotations of what occurred, but I work at a public institution where diverse beliefs and ideals are accepted,” Kampe said in the release. “It is the consequences of their actions while representing this university that must be addressed.

“It is my belief that the word coach and teacher are synonymous, and I intend on making this a learning experience for the two student-athletes involved and the rest of the team. The entire team will be going through a series of behind-the-scenes workshops and training sessions to address not only this incident, but also additional life skills.

“The mission of this basketball program is and always has been to educate student-athletes, and that education process needs to be in addition to academics.”

As a redshirt junior Mondy, who began his collegiate career at Providence, was named Summit League Newcomer of the Year (Oakland is now a member of the Horizon League) after posting averages of 12.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. And his 100 steals on the season (3.0 spg) led the conference. Having Mondy back in the fold gives Oakland another capable perimeter scorer alongside the prolific Travis Bader, who’s averaging 20.0 points per game and scored 22 in the Golden Grizzlies’ 82-67 loss at Gonzaga.

Currently 0-4 on the season, Oakland doesn’t play again until they face Louisiana on Saturday.