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.
Kansas State added a late addition to its 2015 class as California native Ron Freeman committed to the Wildcats, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 6-foot-5 Freeman was previously committed to Cal State Fullerton as a member of the 2014 class, but opted to do an additional year of prep school at Future College Prep.
A scoring wing with good length, Freeman joins a large 2015 recruiting haul for the Wildcats that includes three-star guards Barry Brown, Kamau Stokes and junior college guard Corlbe Ervin while three-star forwards Isaiah Maurice and Dean Wade and three-star center Dante Williams round out the group.
Of the seven-man recruiting class for Kansas State, Freeman is a unique piece because he has good size on the wing. In a recruiting class of smaller guards and front-court players, Freeman should be a decent fit. The new 2015 recruiting class helps offset the loss of five players this offseason for Kansas State. Forward Malek Harris and guards Marcus Foster and Tre Harris were dismissed from the program while Jevon Thomas and Nigel Johnson decided to transfer.