Weber Announces the Signing of Stockard

ALSO SEE: Weber Announces the Signings of McGuirl, Shadd

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of high school standout Levi Stockard III (St. Louis, Mo./Vashon) on the third day of the Fall National Signing Period on Friday.

Stockard continues a legacy of St. Louis area signees for K-State, which includes current senior D.J. Johnson (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway North) in 2012 and Xavier Sneed (St. Louis/Hazelwood Central) in 2016. He is the 19th St. Louis area signee dating back to Jack Thomas (1969-72), including the third from famed Vashon High School, joining Randy Reed (1980-82) and Jonas Cody (1982-84). 

Stockard joins Mike McGuirl (Ellington, Conn./East Catholic) and Nigel Shadd (Chandler, Ariz./Tri-City Christian Academy) who inked with the Wildcats on Wednesday. The three-man signing class ties for the largest of Weber’s tenure during the Fall Signing Period (also signed three in 2014) and includes a combo guard (McGuirl), a small forward (Stockard) and a power forward (Shadd) from three different states (Arizona, Connecticut and Missouri). 

“We are excited to welcome Mike, Nigel and Levi to our program,” said Weber. “They are not only very talented basketball players, but they fit the mold of the type of player we always strive to attract at K-State. They are all good quality individuals from great families who receive excellent instruction for outstanding high school and summer league programs. In addition, they all have a winning mentality having been a part of highly successful high school programs with a combined four state championships between them.”

The trio went a combined 72-8 during their respective junior seasons in 2015-16 with McGuirl (Connecticut Class L State Champions) and Stockard (Missouri Class 4 State Champions) each claiming state titles and Shadd’s Tri-City Christian Academy falling in the state championship game. McGuirl also helped East Catholic High School to the Connecticut Class M title as a freshman in 2014, while Shadd also won a state championship in 2014.

“We felt like we needed to get more athleticism in this class with the graduation of both Wes (Iwundu) and D.J. (Johnson),” said Weber. “Levi brings a very athletic build to the post while also being a very intelligent player with a great feel for the game.”

The three signees would replace the impending graduations of seniors Carlbe Ervin II, Wesley Iwundu and D.J. Johnson, who all would complete their eligibility in 2016-17. The Wildcats still have one scholarship available for the 2017-18 season.

Levi Stockard III
6-8 // 240 // F
St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Vashon (coached by Tony Irons)
AAU: Gateway Basketball Club (coached by Scott Schroepfer)
Primary Recruiter: Chris Lowery

Bio:
Led the Wolverines to a 26-4 overall record and a 10-0 record in the Public High School League standings en route to the 2016 Missouri State Class 4 State Championship as a junior.
Named to the 2016 Class 4 All-State Team by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.
Averaged 10 points on 94.7 percent shooting (72-of-76) with 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 0.7 assists per game in playing 18 games in 2015-16.
Ranked first on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg.), offensive rebounds (36), defensive rebounds (60) and blocks (1.8 bpg.) and was second in scoring (10 ppg.) and field goals made (72).
Scored in double figures 8 times, including a season-high 16 points vs. New Madrid CC (11/28/15) on 5-of-8 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws… Scored 10 points in the 69-58 win over St. Joseph Lafayette in the Class 4 State Championship Game… Collected 4 double-doubles.
Reached double-digit rebounds 6 times with a season-high 15 boards vs. Farmington (11/30/15).
Blocked 3 or more shots 6 times, including a season-best 6 vs. Charleston (11/27/15).
Helped the Gateway Basketball Club to a 36-9 record during the summer of 2016, which included a 7th-place finish at Adidas Gauntlet Series – Atlanta Gold Division… Played in all 14 games with 12 starts, averaging 9.6 points on 60.2 percent shooting (53-of-88) with 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 21.1 minutes per game.
Also played football for the Wolverines, where he played both tight end and defensive end… Totaled 41 tackles with 20 solo stops, 11 tackles for loss and 8 sacks as a senior in 2016… Named to the 2015 Class 4 All-State Third Team by the Missouri Football Coaches Association as a junior after posting 81 tackles, including 47 solo stops and 11 sacks, to go with 2 fumble recoveries.

Gateway Basketball Club Head Coach Scott Schroepfer:
“Levi will fit in well at K-State with Coach (Bruce) Weber and his staff.  He’s a very intelligent kid with a great basketball I.Q., who has the ability to adapt to any situation. Defensively, he is very good especially off the ball. He has soft hands with a great shooting touch and was probably one of our best passers. He was also a great, great teammate who just wants to do anything to help the team win whether that’s scoring 20 (points) or scoring 6 and holding the opposing team’s best player to a season low. This summer, no one could handle him down low especially one-on-one. He has all the qualities that you need to win, including a great positive attitude.”

Head Coach Bruce Weber:
“Levi is a versatile combo big man with great hands and great feet. He has skills to be out on the perimeter and has a very nice shooting touch with the ability to score with both his right and left hands. He is also a great passer. We like the fact that he played football which will only add to his physicality on the court. We are very fortunate that he played for one of the most storied programs (Vashon) in St. Louis, playing for head coach Tony Irons, whose father, Floyd, won more than 800 games and 10 state titles. St. Louis is a really important area for our program, as he follows in the footsteps of D.J. (Johnson) and Xavier (Sneed).”