Taj Manning became the first player to sign with Kansas State basketball as part of the 2022 early signing period, which opened on Wednesday.
Manning, a power forward from La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana, is the No. 139 overall recruit according to 247Sports.com. The site ranked the Wildcats’ class as the No. 10 class in the Big 12 and the No. 83 class in the nation.
Manning transferred to the La Lumiere School after guiding Bishop Miege to a 22-1 overall record and their sixth Class 4A State Championship this past spring. He had a double-double in the state title game — 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats are coming off a 2021 in which its class was ranked No. 126 in the nation. One of those signees — Maximus Edwards — is likely to redshirt and miss the 2021-22 season due to injury. The other is Logan Landers, a 6-foot-10 center from Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
Kansas State has the majority of its 2020 recruiting class back, including three freshmen who started last season — guard Nijel Pack, forward Davion Bradford and guard Selton Miguel. The Wildcats also return super-senior guard Mike McGuirl and brought in a solid transfer class that includes Missouri guard Mark Smith, Wake Forest forward Ismael Massoud and Arkansas-Little Rock guard Markquis Nowell.
There is still plenty of time for the Wildcats to collect more talent. The traditional signing window won’t open until April, and the early signing window ends on Nov. 17. The Wildcats have a super-senior (McGuirl) and two fifth-year players listed on their roster.
Kansas State opens its season with Florida A&M on Wednesday.
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2022 Kansas State Signing Class
No. 9 in Big 12, No. 86 in Nation (according to 247Sports.com)
PF Taj Manning, 6-foot-6, La Lumiere School (La Porte, Indiana) — No. 191 overall recruit, No. 38 at position, No. 9 in Indiana