With the 2010 recruiting season pretty much wrapped up, fans now have plenty of time to sit back and imagine the future greatness these young men will bring to their respective programs. With the Class of 2007 entering their Senior Years now is a good time to go back and do an early review of the Big 12 team that was ranked the highest that year by Rivals, Kansas State at #2 in the nation.
2. Kansas St Wildcats
Michael Beasley: No. 1 overall, No. 1 PF
Bill Walker: No. 7 overall, No. 2 SF
Dominique Sutton: 105 overall, No. 29 SF
Fred Brown: SG, No. 13 in Florida
Jamar Samuels: PF
Andre Gilbert: SG
Jacob Pullen: PG
Ron Anderson: PF
What will Michael Beasley do? That was the theme this spring after Bob Huggins left for West Virginia (his alma mater), leaving one of the best recruiting classes in the country in limbo. K-State hired assistant Frank Martin to be the successor, who in turn kept assistant coach Dalonte Hill on board. Beasley decided to stay. Four-star recruit Dominique Sutton and three-star recruit Jamar Samuels joined the roster in December and pushed the Wildcats back into the No. 2 spot in the team recruiting rankings.
Normally when greater than half a recruiting class is gone before their Junior years you would expect that class to have been quite disappointing, not so here. Michael Beasley & Bill Walker, in their abbreviated college careers, brought Kansas State back into the national scene, no small feat. In the trio of Pullen, Sutton & Samuels, you have 3 key contributors in KSU's run to the Elite Eight last season and key cogs in KSU's lofty goals for the upcoming season. On the downside, Fred Brown & Ron Anderson both were underwhelming in their two seasons in Manhattan before opting to transfer and Andre Gilbert's contributions were minimal at best before he transferred after one season. To justify the #2 ranking though at least one conference title should be won or a Final Four appearance achieved before the last bits of this class depart the Little Apple.
by Joe Loyd, Special to Big 12 Hoops