Mittie Adds Middlebrook to Roster
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced on Monday the addition of graduate transfer Karlya Middlebrook to the 2016-17 roster.
“We are excited to add Karyla to our 2016 recruiting class,” stated Mittie about the latest addition to the K-State backcourt. “She is a terrific student-athlete that possesses the skills, experience, and leadership qualities that we were looking for. This 2016 recruiting class has been recognized nationally and it gets even stronger with the addition of an outstanding player like Karyla.”
Middlebrook, a guard from Blue Springs, Missouri, will join previously announced fall signees: guard Mercedes Brooks (Wichita Falls, Texas), center Peyton Williams (Topeka, Kansas) and forward Eternati Willock (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada). Middlebrook will have two seasons of eligibility with the Wildcats, while Brooks, Williams and Willock will enter as true freshmen for 2016-17. Prior to the addition of Middlebrook to the roster, K-State’s 2016 recruiting class ranked 30th in the nation according to Prospects Nation.
Middlebrook, a 5’7” product of Blue Springs, Missouri, joins the Wildcats after three seasons at Alabama. While with the Crimson Tide, Middlebrook played in 72 games with 70 starts and an average of 28.8 minutes per game. Middlebrook turned in averages of 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. During the 2015-16 season, Middlebrook averaged 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-high 2.7 assists. She ranked ninth in the SEC in free throw percentage at .750 and 11th in steals with 1.7 per game.
During her prep career at Blue Springs High School, Middlebrook ranked 81st overall in her class by ESPN Hoopgurlz and was rated as the nation's No. 22 point guard by Hoopgurlz. She was a two-time Missouri Sports Writers Association All-State selection and garnered numerous honors at the conclusion of her senior season including: 2013 Missouri Coaches Association All-State honoree, 2013 Missouri All-Star and 2013 USA TODAY All-State Team for Missouri. She was also a finalist for the DiRenna Award, presented annually to the top player in the Kansas City Metro area
She was a three-time all-conference and all-district selection, while leading Blue Springs High School to the state Final Four for three straight years. In her senior season of 2012-13, Blue Springs finished third in the state with Middlebrooks averaging 12-plus points and four assists.
In Mittie's second year, Kansas State tallied a 19-13 overall record in 2015-16 and the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first win in the tournament since 2012.
The Wildcats registered an 8-10 mark in the Big 12, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season. After being slated for a seventh-place finish by the Big 12 Conference coaches in the preseason poll, K-State carded a sixth place finish in the conference standings. This was the second straight season under Mittie that K-State has improved its league win total from one season to the next.
For the 2016-17 season, K-State returns 10 letter winners from the 2015-16 squad. The Wildcats will be led into the 2016-17 season by 2016 All-Big 12 First Team selection and two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team honoree Breanna Lewis (16.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.6 bpg) and 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team selection Kindred Wesemann (12.1 ppg, 3.3 apg). Overall, K-State returns 61 percent of its scoring, 70 percent of its rebounding and 63 percent of its assists.
K-State women’s basketball season tickets for the 2016-17 season will be available for purchase beginning on June 8. For more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
Kansas State 2016-17 Signees
Name, Height, Position, Hometown, School
Mercedes Brooks, 6’0”, Guard, Wichita Falls, Texas, Rider HS
Karyla Middlebrook, 5’7”, Guard, Blue Springs, Missouri, Alabama/Blue Springs HS
Peyton Williams, 6’3”, Center, Topeka, Kansas, Cair Paravel Latin School
Eternati Willock, 6’2”. Forward, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, St. John Paul II Catholic School