Men's Basketball Adds Three Walk-ons

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber announced today that Austin Budke (Beloit, Kansas/Beloit/Hutchinson Community College), Pierson McAtee (Manhattan, Kansas/Manhattan) and Zach Winter (Andover, Kansas/Andover Central/Hutchinson Community College) have joined the men’s basketball team as walk-ons.

Budke and Winter arrive at K-State after spending the past two seasons at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, where they helped the Blue Dragons to a 55-14 combined record from 2013-15. This past season, the duo helped the school to a 29-6 overall record, a Region VI Championship and the No. 6 seed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament. 

A 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward from Beloit, Kansas, Budke appeared in 64 of 69 games in his community college career with 48 starts. He was one of only two players to start in all 35 games in 2014-15, as he averaged 12.7 points on 47 percent shooting with 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.6 minutes per game. He led the team in free throw percentage (73 percent), while he was third in scoring, field goals, field goal percentage, offensive rebounds (66) and minutes.

Budke’s time at Hutchinson came after a standout prep career at Beloit High School, where he helped the Trojans to a 71-23 record in four years capped by a berth in the Class 3A state tournament his senior season in 2012-13. He was a First Team Class 3A All-State selection by the Kansas Basketball Coaches (KBCA) and Wichita Eagle as well as an all-class, all-state selection by the Topeka Capital-Journal as a senior, averaging a team-leading 23 points on 47.2 percent shooting to go with 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 assists per game.

A 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard from Andover, Kansas, Winter started in 34 of 35 games for the Blue Dragons as a sophomore in 2014-15, averaging 4.4 points on 39 percent shooting with 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 26.8 minutes per game. He led the team in assists, while he was fourth in 3-point field goals and minutes and fifth in steals.

Winter was a three-year lettermen at Andover Central High School, where led the school to a 17-5 overall record as a senior in 2012-13. He was named Second Team Class 5A All-State by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA) and to the Wichita Eagle’s All-Metro Team as a senior, as he averaged a team-leading 18.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting with 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.9 steals per game.

A 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward from the Little Apple, McAtee was a three-year lettermen at Manhattan High School, where he helped the Indians to a school-record tying 18 wins and their first-ever Centennial League title as a senior in 2014-15. The squad, which posted an 18-3 overall record and 12-1 mark in Centennial League play, lost to Washburn Rural in the Class 6A sub-state semifinals. He averaged 14.3 points and 7 rebounds per game as a senior en route to earning honorable mention Class 6A All-State honors from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA). He was also selected as the Manhattan Mercury’s All-Flint Hills Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year and was the Sports Radio 1350 KMAN/McDonald’s Student-Athlete of the Year.

Budke and Winter will both be juniors in classification, while McAtee will be a true freshman. The community college transfers are the first from Hutchinson since Ryan Schultz played from 2012-14. McAtee, the son of longtime K-State Athletics team doctor Dr. Jamie McAtee, is the 10th Manhattan High product to join the men’s basketball team and the first since Nick Weigel played for Lon Kruger during the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons.

The three walk-ons will be among 10 new players for the Wildcats in 2015-16, which includes junior and community college All-American Carlbe Ervin II (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/Connors State College) and freshmen Barry Brown (St. Petersburg, Florida/Gibbs), Ron Freeman (Inglewood, California/Future College Prep), Isaiah Maurice (Durham, North Carolina/Bull City [N.C.] Prep), Kamau Stokes (Baltimore, Maryland/Fork Union Military Academy), Dean Wade (St. John, Kansas/St. John) and Dante Williams (Arlington, Texas/Bowie).

Season tickets for the 2015-16 home schedule, which will include at least 18 games, are currently on-sale in the K-State Athletics Ticket Office and can be purchased in a variety of ways, including by phone at (800) 221.CATS, online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at Bramlage Coliseum.