Jermaine Maybank added to basketball program

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State head men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins announced on Tuesday the addition of senior guard Jermaine Maybank to the program.


A graduate of St. John’s University in Jamaica, N.Y., Maybank is currently enrolled in graduate school in the College of Education, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in college student personnel.  He graduated from St. John’s with a degree in sport management in May.


“Jermaine is a welcome addition to our program,” Huggins said.  “He will add more depth to our backcourt and certainly his experience and talent will be valuable assets to this year’s team.”


Maybank is immediately eligible to compete for the Wildcats during the 2006-07 season under new NCAA bylaw, which allows student-athletes who are enrolled in a graduate degree program and still have remaining eligibility to be available for participation in intercollegiate athletics.  He will receive a scholarship to attend the university and will have one year of eligibility remaining.


A 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard from the Bronx, N.Y., Maybank was a one-year lettermen for head coach Norm Roberts at St. John’s during an injury-plagued career from 2004-06.  He averaged 1.2 points on 40 percent shooting (6-of-15) with 1.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 17 games for the Red Storm in 2005-06.  He received a medical redshirt in 2004-05 after he torn his patellar tendon in his right knee during preseason practice.


Maybank transferred to St. John’s after a two-year stint at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan., from 2002-04.  He averaged 12.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists en route to earning second team All-Jayhawk Conference honors as a sophomore in 2003-04.  Maybank connected on 43.5 percent of his field goals for the 20-13 Pirates and ranked second on the team in rebounding and third in both scoring and three-point field goals (23).  He averaged nine points, five assists and three rebounds in his first season with the Pirates in 2002-03.


A 2002 graduate of Bronx Regional High School, Maybank led the team in scoring during his junior and senior seasons and was named the team’s most valuable player both seasons.  He averaged 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as a senior in 2001-02 and 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as a junior in 2000-01. 


Kansas State will continue with individual workouts throughout the next five weeks before opening practice officially on Friday, Oct. 13.  The Bob Huggins era is set to begin on Saturday, Nov. 11, when the Wildcats host William & Mary at Bramlage Coliseum.