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Kansas State Basketball Lands Mississippi State Transfer Forward Will McNair Jr.

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Jerome Tang and the Kansas State Wildcats officially found the final piece to their basketball roster for the 2023-24 season with the commitment of Mississippi State transfer Will McNair Jr.

The Pennsylvania native stands an impressive 6-foot-11, 265 pounds, and will add some much-needed depth to the frontcourt joining forwards Nae’Qwan Tomlin, David N’Guessan, and Jerrell Colbert in Manhattan


McNair’s journey to Kansas State was an interesting one as the big man has bounced around a few times in his collegiate career spending time with New Mexico State, Mississippi State, and Providence before committing to the Cats.

McNair spent three seasons with the New Mexico State Aggies before entering the transfer portal to head to Mississippi State for his senior year. He then spent the 2022-23 season in Starkville averaging 3.3 points, and 3.3 rebounds per game on 45.2% shooting from the field before entering the portal as a graduate transfer in May.

The Wildcats didn’t emerge for McNair until his second stint in the portal as the Pennsylvania native announced his decision to commit to Providence back in June. After spending a couple of months with the Friars including an overseas trip to Spain where he averaged 9.3 points and eight rebounds per game, McNair elected to re-enter the transfer portal and head to the Big 12 Conference as a member of the Kansas State Wildcats.

McNair’s first taste of Big 12 Basketball will come on November 1st against the Emporia State Hornets where the Wildcats are set to tip off the second year of the Jerome Tang era in Manhattan.

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