K-State adds a pair to basketball roster

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins announced on Thursday the addition of James Franklin and Brady Johnson to the program as walk-ons.

“James and Brady are quality young players,” Huggins said. “They will give our program additional depth and will certainly be valuable assets to this year’s team.”

The pair were selected to join the team from around 50 candidates at an open tryout that was held for all students on Monday, Oct. 16.

A 6-foot, 190-pound point guard from Kansas City, Kan., Franklin joins the team after playing two years at Cowley County Community College in Ark City, Kan. He paced the Tigers in assists (3.2 apg.) and steals (1.7 spg.), while averaging 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 2005-06. He was selected to the Region VI All-Star game as a sophomore. A three-year letterman at Blue Valley West High School, Franklin earned All-Sun Country and All-East Kansas League honors as a senior.

Franklin is the cousin of former Kansas State and Cincinnati guard Nick Williams.

A 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward from Salina, Kan., Johnson was a three-year lettermen at Ell-Saline High School. He averaged 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks as a senior en route to earning all-county and all-area honors as a senior. He helped the Cardinals to the sub-state championship as a sophomore and the Heart of America Conference title as a junior. An outstanding student, he graduated with a 3.9 GPA and was selected a U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete.

Kansas State will open the 2006-07 season with an exhibition game against Washburn on Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. There are a limited number of tickets still available through the K-State Athletic Ticket Office by calling 800.221.CATS.