Weber Announces the Signing of Isaiah Maurice

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber announced the signings of high school forward Isaiah Maurice (South Hill, Virginia/Bull City [N.C.] Prep) on Monday.

"We are excited to add Isaiah to our Spring Signing class," said Weber. "We were in need of a big man and he has all the qualities you want with his versatility, length and size. He also has the ability and skill level to step out on the court and make shots. He was a late bloomer in his basketball career and had started to gain a lot of attention late in the season. We were very fortunate to be at the right place at the right time with him."

A 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward from South Hill, Virginia, Maurice comes to K-State after spending two seasons at Bull City Prep in Durham, North Carolina, where he played for head coach Darryl Harris. He averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds as a senior in 2014-15 after averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds as a junior. He was listed among the Top 25 North Carolina prep basketball seniors by the Charlotte Observer.

After his stellar senior season, Maurice picked up offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, VCU and Wake Forest this Spring.

Maurice is the third player to ink with the Wildcats during the Spring Signing Period, joining prep school guard Kamau Stokes (Baltimore, Maryland/Fork Union Military Academy) and Carlbe Ervin (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/Connors State College) who signed last week. Stokes spent a postgraduate year at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia in 2014-15 after winning two state titles and two Catholic League championships while in high school. Ervin, a 2015 NJCAA Division I First Team All-American, helped Connors State to a 53-9 record the past two seasons, including the top-seed in the 2015 National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Tournament this past March.

Overall, Maurice is the sixth player to sign with the program in 2014-15, which includes the three-man Fall Signing Class of 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.