April 18, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber announced today that Neville Fincher has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Wildcat basketball program, joining fellow signees Marcus Foster (Wichita Falls, Texas/Hirschi), Wesley Iwundu (Houston, Texas/Westfield) and Jevon Thomas (Queens, N.Y./St. John’s [Wis.] Northwest Military Academy) as members of the 2013 recruiting class.
A 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward Fincher, who will be a freshman in the Fall of 2013 with the three other signees, comes to K-State from powerhouse Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. He averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for head coach A.W. Hamilton in 2012-13, as the Tigers posted a 38-8 overall record. He is rated as the No. 26 center prospect in the Class of 2013 by ESPN.
“We’re pleased to welcome Neville to K-State,” said Weber. “With the loss of Jordan (Henriquez) to graduation, it was important for us to sign a big guy with size and length. He has great timing for shot blocking and we think he can be a very good rebounder. He comes from a very talented prep school team at Hargrave, which has produced multiple Division I players. Even on this talented team, he found his niche whether it was blocking shots, rebounding or setting screens to help his team be successful.”
Fincher played alongside four other Division I signees at Hargrave Military Academy, including Donte Clark (Virginia Tech), Anton Gill (Louisville), Greg McClinton (Wake Forest) and Terry Rozier (Louisville). He collected four double-doubles on the season, including a 14-point, 13-rebound and 2-block effort in a 135-117 three-overtime win over No. 3 Kiski Prep on Dec. 3, 2012. He also tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Mt. Zion Academy on Oct. 28 and 11 points and 11 rebounds against the University of Charleston on Dec. 17.
Fincher graduated from Teaneck High School in Teaneck, N.J., in 2012, where he was a four-year lettermen for the Highwaymen. As a senior, he led Teaneck to a 31-1 overall record and its third consecutive NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1 Group 3 Championship in 2011-12. He averaged team-bests in both rebounding (10.7 rpg.) and blocks (4.7 bpg.) to go with 9.3 points per game en route to earning Third Team All-Bergen County honors. The Highwaymen posted a 113-8 record during his four-year career.
Led by 2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year Bruce Weber, Kansas State enjoyed one of its best men’s basketball season in 2012-13, posting a 27-8 overall record and 14-4 mark in league play en route to its first-ever Big 12 regular season championship and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 27 wins were the second-most in school history, while the 14 in league play tied the school record held by the 1958-59 team. The league championship was the 18th in school history and the first since the 1976-77 season.
The Wildcats will return nine lettermen in 2013-14, including three starters, highlighted by All-Big 12 Second Team selection Angel Rodriguez and honorable mention honoree Shane Southwell. With the addition of Fincher to their class, the team has two scholarships remaining for the 2013-14 season.