While we wait on the decisions of the few remaining high school players left in the 2013 men’s basketball recruiting class, schools have been aggressive trying to add players who have chosen to transfer from their current school.
K-State may have lost Angel Rodriguez to Miami but they have recovered to add two strong guard prospects for the future.
In a span of a few days the Wildcats have officially locked down guards Nigel Johnson and Justin Edwards in an attempt to fill the growing void in K-State’s backcourt. Johnson is a point guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland who played on the same AAU team that produced Michael Beasley, Jamar Samuels and Rodney McGruder. His signing was anticipated as he gave a oral commitment to KSU a month ago but the official signing of his National Letter of Intent ensures he will be a Wildcat next season.
Edwards, a 6-3 wing guard, signed his letter of intent today. The Maine transfer will have to sit out the 2013-2014 by NCAA rule but will be available to practice with the team. K-State lost McGruder and Martavious Irving this season to graduation and will lose Will Spradling and Shane Southwell after next season, so the addition of Edwards will provide much needed depth for the 2014-2015 squad.
Edwards averaged 16.7 points and 5.2 rebounds at Maine and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Former Missouri Tigers guard Michael Dixon is still searching for a place to play his final season of eligibility. A report from Jason King of ESPN says Dixon has received the most interest from Baylor, Colorado, Loyola Marymount, and East Carolina, where he visited last weekend. Rumors also suggest Oklahoma, Memphis, Purdue, Louisville, and Houston looked in on Dixon.
Dixon was dismissed from the team after two separate incidents of women accusing him of sexual assault. One case never had any charges pressed and the other case lacked sufficient evidence for Dixon to even be interviewed by police. Still, this off-court concern has many of the major programs saying away from him.
Another issue is Dixon has yet to complete his undergrad degree so he would have to sit out a season before he is allowed to play. The hope for whatever school signs him is Dixon will be allowed to file a waiver similar to the one Dez Well signed after transferring to Maryland. Wells was expelled from Xavier after being accused of sexual assault but was never charged.
Dixon, a Kansas City native, has been seen working out in various gyms and scrimmaging with members of the Kansas Jayhawks, according to King.
In his final season at Missouri, Dixon averaged 13.5 points and 3.3 assists.
King is also reporting that the Kansas Jayhawks are one of the four teams said to be in the lead for Memphis transfer Tarik Black. Kansas, Duke, Oregon, and Georgetown are all in on the services of the 6-9, 260 pound forward who was ranked 54th in the nation by Rivals out of high school. Black has completed his undergraduate degree so he would not be subject to the NCAA rule that requires transfers to sit out one year.
Black averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20 minutes per game last season after averaging 10.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in his sophomore year. Should he decide to attend Kansas he will be competing with Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor, and Joel Embiid for playing time.