Sunday afternoon Kansas State landed its second verbal commitment in the Class of 2016, as 6-foot-9 power forward James Love made his pledge to the Big 12 program. News of Love’s commitment was first reported by Hoopseen.com, with Love confirming via Twitter shortly thereafter.
Love joins small forward Xavier Sneed in Kansas State’s 2016 recruiting class to date. The Wildcats will lose a member of its front court rotation at the end of the 2015-16 season in center Stephen Hurt, and Love gives them an active and athletic forward moving forward.
Love attends American Heritage School in Miramar, Florida, and his decision came on the heels of his official visit to Kansas State this weekend.
Kansas State and head coach Bruce Weber picked up a big commitment on Monday afternoon as four-star wing Xavier Sneed committed to the Wildcats. A bouncy 6-foot-5 wing, Sneed is regarded as the No. 92 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.
The Wildcats landed Sneed over his other finalists of Illinois and Xavier. Sneed is the first commitment for Kansas State in the Class of 2016 and he’s a great start.
Playing with the very successful Saint Louis Eagles in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer, Sneed started alongside Duke commit Jayson Tatum and Iowa commit Tyler Cook and averaged 6.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 24 contests. Sneed elevated his play at Peach Jam, however, averaging 9.8 points in five pool play games and shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (8-for-16) over eight games.
Sneed will help replace the departure of senior Justin Edwards as a bigger guard and he’s a nice fit for what Kansas State needs in this class.
Kansas State is getting an experienced forward back in action as redshirt junior D.J. Johnson has been cleared to resume on-court activity, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The story was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.
The 6-foot-9 Johnson appeared in all 33 games for the Wildcats as a sophomore and averaged 13.9 minutes per game for the NCAA tournament team, breaking his foot in the Round of 64 clash with Kentucky. Missing the 2014-15 season recovering from that foot injury, Johnson was granted a medical redshirt and now he can return to help contribute in the Kansas State frontcourt. Johnson averaged 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore and shot 51 percent from the floor.
The return of Johnson might not be a season-changing move for the Wildcats, but he has played in at least 30 games his first two seasons in the program and is dependable enough to play in plenty of situations this season.