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Kansas State Men’s Basketball Starts Assembling 2023 Recruiting Class

Jerome Tang.

The Kansas State Wildcats men’s basketball team began assembling talent for its 2023-24 team as the NCAA’s early-signing period opened on Wednesday.

The Wildcats, led by coach first-year coach Jerome Tang, are coming off a losing season in 2021-22, one that led to coach Bruce Weber’s resignation.


Tang ended up retaining just two players from last year’s team — guard Markquis Nowell and forward Ishmal Massoud. The rest of the team is made up of transfers and recruits.

Before the signing period, the Wildcats landed commitments from four players, including guard RJ Jones from Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, and guard Dai Dai Ames out of Kenwood Academy in Chicago, Ill. The pair are the top-ranked players in their respective states, per Also, 247Sports ranks Jones and the fifth-highest and Ames as the seventh-highest ranked Kansas State recruits in the site’s history.

Kansas State announced the signings on Friday.

Kansas State’s 2023 recruiting class is below. Players who confirmed as signed are noted below. The list below also includes the Wildcats’ season-opening roster.

The early-signing window closes on Nov. 16.


Kansas State Basketball 2023 Recruiting Class

No. 4 Class in Big 12, No. 15 overall ( as of Nov. 11)

SG RJ Jones, 6-3, Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, UT) — 57/4/1* – Signed

PG Dai Dai Ames, 6-1, Kenwood Academy (Chicago, IL) — 61/10/1** – Signed

SF Macaleab Rich, 6-6, East St. Louis (East St. Louis, IL) — 177/35/5 – Signed

Note: Slash rankings are national/position/state per

*-Sixth-highest ranked Kansas State signee ever in rankings era

**-Seventh-highest ranked Kansas State signee ever in rankings era

2022-23 Season-Opening Roster

G Peyton Ackerman (5-11, Fr.), G Nate Awbrey (6-3, Sr.), G Cam Carter (6-3, So.), C Jerrell Colbert (6-10, So.), G Dorian Finister (6-5, Fr.), G Tykei Greene (6-4, Sr.), C Abayomi Iyiola (6-10, Sr.), F Keyontae Johnson (6-6, Sr.), F Taj Manning (6-8, Fr.), F Ishmal Massoud (6-9, Jr.), F David N’Guessan (6-9, Jr.), G Markquis Nowell (5-8, Sr.), G Desi Sills  (6-2 , Sr.), G Anthony Thomas (6-7, So.), F Nae’Quan Tomlin (6-8, Jr.)

Player in Bold: Notes a player who is a senior and may be out of eligibility after this season, depending on whether they have a COVID-19 waiver.

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