MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State men’s basketball coach Frank Martin announced on Thursday that high school recruits Jamar Samuels (The Patterson (N.C.) School; Washington, D.C.) and Dominique Sutton (The Patterson (N.C.) School; Durham, N.C.) have joined the team and are immediately eligible to compete for the Wildcats beginning on Saturday.
“It’s a real exciting time for me because these two young men have remained loyal to us throughout a difficult process,” said Martin. “They have continued to work on getting their academic situations in order to be able to be here at Kansas State. They both bring tremendous athleticism and toughness to our basketball team. It’s going to be a crash course for them to come in and try and learn as fast as they can to catch up to the rest of the team. However, they are the kind of young men that fit into what I like in players. They care about nothing but winning. They want to do whatever they can to help us win.”
Both Samuels and Sutton come to Kansas State after playing at The Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C., for head coach Chris Chaney. The duo played a major role in helping the Bulldogs to a 36-4 overall record and a No. 3 national prep school ranking in 2006-07. The squad advanced to the inaugural Prep School National Championship, where they lost in the semifinals to the eventual national champions Notre Dame (Mass.) Prep, led by future teammate Michael Beasley.
Sutton averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and a team-leading 3.0 steals per game as a senior, while Samuels was the first players off the bench for the Bulldogs. Both players starred on the AAU circuit with the DC Assault alongside Beasley and fellow freshman Ron Anderson.
A 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward from Washington, D.C., Samuels played just one season at The Patterson School after a stellar playing career at Archibishop Carroll High School in his hometown. He averaged 22 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior, while he averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as a sophomore.
A 6-foot-4, 195-pound shooting guard from Durham, N.C., Sutton was rated among the top players in the country in 2006, including the No. 57 overall prospect by Scout.com and No. 131 prospect in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com. Sutton was also ranked among the top-50 at his position by a number of outlets, including No. 11 by Scout.com, No. 21 by High School Hoops magazine and No. 39 by Rivals.com. In addition, he was rated the No. 2 player in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com.
Sutton played two seasons for The Patterson School after transferring from Durham (N.C.) Jordan High School. As a sophomore, he averaged 19.7 points in guiding the Falcons to a 19-8 overall record and the 4-A Western Regional semifinals. Sutton was named to The Associated Press All-State second team and was the Durham Sun-Herald Player of the Year.
Samuels chose Kansas State after receiving interest from a number of schools, including Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Seton Hall, while Sutton selected the Wildcats after receiving scholarship offers from Kansas, Illinois and Wake Forest.
Sutton will receive the final scholarship for 2007-08 season, while Samuels will be a walk-on until receiving a scholarship for the 2008-09 season. Samuels will wear No. 21 and Sutton will don the No. 23.