NCAA Basketball

College Basketball Recruiting: Kansas State Lands 2013 SF Alex Etherington

When Frank Martin left Kansas State this past spring to pursue the head coaching job at South Carolina, the Wildcats needed to act fast in naming a proven replacement.

Former Illinois head coach Bruce Weber was tabbed as the new head man shortly after Martin’s departure.

On Sunday, Weber landed his first verbal commitment from the class of 2013, as 6-foot-6 small forward Alex Etherington pledged his decision.

As K-State looks forward to the first-year under Weber, the talent remains, led in large part by senior-to-be Rodney McGruder.

Despite losing 2012 and top-100 prospect Robert Upshaw (now headed to Fresno State) upon Martin’s decision, Weber remains posied on welcoming in Darrell Johnson and former Illinois commit Michael Orris.

Etherington, who won’t arrive until the 2013-14 season, has become the first piece of the Wildcats’ 2013 recruiting class.

A native of Indiana, Etherington hails from Hamilton Heights H.S. (IN). Upon his decision, Etherington had also been receiving interest from Xavier, Penn State, Florida Atlantic, Boston College, and Belmont, among others.

The Wildcats finished 22-11 this past season, falling in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament at the hands of Syracuse.


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