Weber Announces the Signing of Carlbe Ervin II
Weber Announces the Signing of Carlbe Ervin II
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of community college guard Carlbe Ervin (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/Connors State College) on Friday.
"We are excited to welcome Carlbe to K-State," said Weber. "He brings significant leadership and experience playing the point at the community college level, while also bringing a definite degree of toughness. He led his team to 30 consecutive wins and a No. 1 seed in the national tournament eventually finishing in the final eight. He is a versatile player who is a great distributor of the ball and has shown the ability to get to the basket and finish. Much like Kamau, he wants to do whatever it takes to help his team be successful."
A 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard from Oklahoma City, Ervin comes to K-State after spending the past two seasons at Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma following a prep career at Edmond North High School. He helped the Cowboys to a combined 53-9 record during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, including a school-record 30-game winning streak and the top-seed in the 2015 National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Tournament this past March.
One of 10 NCJAA Division I First Team All-Americans, Ervin led the Cowboys to a 30-2 overall record in 2014-15, including a 15-0 mark in league play, en route to a Region II title and the No. 1 seed in the NJCAA National Team. The team fell in the Elite Eight to eventual national runner-up South Plains College, 81-65, on March 19. In addition to his All-America honors, he also garnered Region II Player of the Year and First Team Oklahoma Collegiate Athletics Conference honors.
Ervin averaged 16 points on 53 percent shooting (170-of-321), including 27.8 percent (15-of-54) from 3-point range, as a sophomore in 2014-15 to go with 8.2 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. He ranked fourth in the NJCAA in both assists (246) and assists per game (8.2 apg.), while he led the Cowboys in assists, steals, assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3), free throws made (124) and attempted (186) and was second in scoring and field goals made.
Ervin scored in double figures in 26 of 30 games played, including nine 20-point outings, with a season-high 29 points against Northern Oklahoma-Enid on 11-of-17 field goals. He also registered two triple-doubles (points/rebounds/assists) during the season, including 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a win at Seminole State and 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Eastern Oklahoma State. In all, he recorded nine double-doubles (points/assists) and dished out double-digit assists on 10 occasions.
As a freshman in 2013-14, Ervin averaged 12 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game en route to helping Connors State to a 23-7 record and a 13-5 mark in conference play.
A product of Edmond North High School in Oklahoma City, Ervin averaged 19.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 4.0 steals and 1.5 blocks as a senior in 2012-13 en route to earning First Team Big All-City honors.
Ervin is the second player to ink with the Wildcats during the Spring Signing Period, joining prep school guard Kamau Stokes (Baltimore, Maryland/Fork Union Military Academy) who was announced on Wednesday. Stokes, who spent a postgraduate year at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia in 2014-15, won two state titles and two Catholic League championships while in high school.
Ervin is the first player from the state of Oklahoma since Clent Stewart (Tulsa) in 2007-08, including the first Oklahoma City native since Steve Mitchell (Northwest Classen) in 1972-73, while he is the second player from the community college ranks under Weber, joining new teammate Stephen Hurt (Murfreesboro, Tennessee/NW Florida Junior College).
Ervin and Stokes join the three-man Fall Signing Class, which includes Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year Dean Wade (St. John, Kansas/St. John), Barry Brown (St. Petersburg, Florida/Gibbs) and Dante Williams (Arlington, Texas/Bowie).
Wade, who helped St. John collect a 76-1 record and three consecutive Class 2A state championships in his high school career, became the seventh Wildcat recruit to be named Mr. Kansas Basketball by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA) on March 30. Brown, who totaled 1,787 points his prep career, led Gibbs High School to a 21-9 record and a trip to the semifinals of the Class 5A state championships as a senior in 2015. Williams, the two-time District 4-6A Defensive Player of the Year, guided Bowie High School to a 25-10 record as a senior.
The Spring Signing period runs until Wednesday, May 20.