Martin Announces Stellar Recruiting Class
Martin Announces Stellar Recruiting Class
The four-man recruiting class, which is considered one of the nation’s best classes, includes Jordan Henriquez (Winchendon [
“It is an exciting time for us at
The headliner of this class, Wally Judge is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward originally from
“Wally runs like the wind,” said Martin. “He is big and strong just a big time talent that we think has an incredible future ahead of him. He is a workaholic. He is somebody that just continues to strive to improve and get better on a daily basis.”
Judge is in his second year at Florida powerhouse, Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, where he helped the Apaches to their fourth consecutive Class 2A state title with a 24-6 overall record in 2007-08. Judge averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Apaches despite playing just half the season after transferring from
Judge played perhaps his best game in the state regional semifinal win over
As a sophomore, Judge helped Bladensburg to a 19-5 overall record, including a 14-3 mark, in league play and final No. 12 ranking in the Class 4A. He averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds in 2006-07 and was an honorable mention selection to the Washington Post All-Met team.
Judge played AAU ball with the D.C. Assault, along with fellow recruit Rodney McGruder. He and McGruder are the fifth and sixth players from the Assault to sign with K-State, following Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley and current players sophomore Ron Anderson, redshirt freshman Jamar Samuels and sophomore Dominique Sutton.
A teammate of Judge at Arlington Country Day, Rodney McGruder is considered one of the best shooting guards in the country. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard is rated among the top players in the country, including the No. 89 overall prospect by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 91 prospect in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com. McGruder is also ranked among the top-35 at the position by a number of outlets, including No. 23 by Rivals.com and No. 31 by ESPN Scouts, Inc.
“Rodney is one of those guys that has an incredible understanding of playing the game at such a young age,” said Martin. “And if you couple that with the fact that he is extremely athletic, along with his ability to shoot the basketball, it makes him an exciting guy for our basketball team.”
McGruder transferred to Arlington Country Day in the off-season from
One of the top point guard prospects in the country, Nick Russell comes to
“Nick has great size and length as a basketball player considering that he is a young man that plays the point guard at the high school level,” said Martin. “He brings a tremendous ability of passing the basketball, seeing the floor, and then the ability to score the basketball too. We will continue to add to what we wanted which is a little longer at the guard spot and tremendous understanding and athleticism.”
Russell helped Grace Prep to a 26-12 overall record, including a 7-3 mark in league play, as a junior in 2006-07. He helped the Lions to a runner-up finish at the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and
As a sophomore, Russell was named first team all-state as well as District 1-5A newcomer of the year. He played his AAU ball with the Dallas Mustangs.
Jordan Henriquez comes to
Henriquez scored a season-high 27 points against Jay on Dec. 12, while he collected a season-best 14 blocked shots against
“He is a very intriguing prospect,” said Martin. “When we signed him back in the spring, we understood that there was a chance that he would not qualify and we are happy that he has owned up to his commitment and he is still in our corner. He is 6-foot-11 has great hands, very competitive and he is a runner. That is something that is important to us. When our bigs’ can run, it is something we are excited about. When you consider that we add Curtis Kelly to that mix of players, it gives us five pretty good first-year guys next year.”
The quartet will be joined by the junior forward Kelly, who is sitting out the 2008-09 season after transferring from the
The recruiting class will join a loaded
K-State opens the 2008-09 season with a pair of home games this weekend, starting with Friday’s contest against Florida A&M at 7 p.m. and concluding on Sunday with SE Missouri State at 2 p.m.