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K-State Lands Hofstra Transfer Abayomi Iyiola

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Saint Louis

Kansas State head coach Jerome Tang picked up another piece for his 2022-23 team as Hofstra transfer Abayomi “Baybe” Iyiola has committed to the Wildcats.

Iyiola is the seventh player to commit to K-State since Tang took over back on March 21, including five from Division-I Cam Carter (Mississippi State), Jerrell Colbert (LSU), David N’Guessan (Virginia Tech) and Desi Sills (Arkansas/Arkansas State).

 

Listed as a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center, Iyiola started 25 games for Hofstra last season, helping the Pride to a 21-11 record, leading the team in field goal percentage (63.2) and rebounding (7.1 rebounds per game). In perhaps his best game of 2021, Iyiola had an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double in a win over No. 24 Arkansas.

According to a press release from Kansas State, Iyiola has logged 92 games of experience at the Division I level, including 64 starts, while totaling nearly 2,000 minutes played for a 20.5 per game average.

“Baybe is another great addition to our team and exactly the type of player we are looking to attract to K-State,” said Tang in the release. “We needed experience and more depth in the low post, and he gives us both. He has seen significant action in college, including playing major minutes in his first two seasons at Stetson. He really rebounded from injury (at Arkansas) to have a solid year at Hofstra. He is a talented player with 16 double-doubles to his credit.”
 
“Most of all, Baybe continues our emphasis on guys who are winners. He won two state championships in high school, was part of a special team at Arkansas along with Desi (Sills) and won 21 games a year ago at Hofstra. He knows what it takes to be successful. We are excited to get him here and introduce him to Wildcat Nation!”

Iyiola will have just one year of eligibility remaining, thanks the COVID year granted by the NCAA.

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