September 4, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
One year ago this week, Wesley Iwundu made his first visit to K-State.
The 6-foot-6 forward instantaneously fell in love with the K-State campus, the people and, of course, the K-State men's basketball program. It took him only two weeks after his visit to announce K-State was, indeed, the place for him.
Fast forward one year to today, and Iwundu said he is right where he wants to be training with the people he wants to train with.
"When I took my visit I had a lot of fun," Iwundu said. "I felt it was the right place and that's definitely proving true right now."
Iwundu, from Houston, Texas, attended Westfield High School where his senior year he achieved district MVP and was named to the Texas Class 5A All-State team after averaging 16.3 points per game and leading the Mustangs to a 26-11 season.
He was named as one of the Top 10 seniors outside the Rivals150 and was ranked No. 27 on TexasHoops.com's top 100 players in his home state.
He found familiarity with fellow Houston native, assistant coach Alvin Brooks III, during his first visit and quickly realized the coaching style of second-season head coach Bruce Weber was a style that would only grow him both on and off the court.
"Coach Brooks had a big impact on my decision because we had a connection early on," Iwundu explained, "and Coach Weber, I love Coach Weber. He's a great coach. Every day in practice, if I do something wrong, he'll make me start over and do it again. He basically takes me step-by-step and understands me a lot."
Iwundu chose to play basketball at K-State over Miami, SMU, Texas Tech, Colorado, Houston and Richmond, and while the coaches had a lot to do with it, playing in the Big 12, the conference Iwundu said is "the best conference in the nation," has been a long-time goal.
He said he's looking forward to playing Big 12 games on the road in the state of Texas since his family will be able to see him play, but he's also looking forward to his first game in Bramlage Coliseum - because he heard nothing compares to the Octagon of Doom.
"I feel like the fans here bring a joy to sports and they are really supportive," Iwundu said. "Playing in front of a big crowd like them really gets me excited about basketball and to put on a show for the crowd."
As for his goals during his time as a Wildcat, Iwundu hopes to make the very best out of his years at K-State both on the court and in the classroom.
"My goals here at K-State are to really make connections and networks with people," Iwundu began.
"From a basketball standpoint, to just get better and maybe see what my chances look like for the NBA and, education-wise, I'll hopefully finish with a degree (in computer engineering) and start my career from here."