MANHATTAN — Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber added an assistant coach to his staff and signed his first recruit on Friday.
Alvin Brooks III, an assistant with Sam Houston State since 2010, announced on Twitter that he had accepted a job with the Wildcats. Brooks interviewed with Weber in Manhattan on Tuesday. He will bring recruiting ties to Texas, which Weber has listed as a priority, and comes from a basketball family. Brooks played college basketball at Idaho State and has been an assistant at Bradley, Arkansas-Fort Smith and Midland College. His father, Alvin Brooks II, is a former coach at Houston.
Weber has one assistant spot remaining on his staff. He hired Chris Lowery as his top assistant and Jimmy Price as the team’s strength and conditioning coach earlier this month.
They will coach Darrell Johnson, a 6-foot-8 power forward from St. Louis, next year. Johnson committed to K-State last week after taking a recruiting visit and signed with the Wildcats on Friday.
“I’m excited to get a recruit of Darrell’s quality this late in the signing period,” Weber said. “He is a player that we have watched for some time and we feel will be a great fit for our team at the power forward spot. He has tremendous physical gifts, including the ability to defend the rim and be a really good shot blocker. We like his toughness and workmanlike attitude from having played both football and basketball. He also hails from a strong high school basketball area in St. Louis, which we hope will become a strong base for our recruiting efforts.”
In order to open up a scholarship spot for Johnson, Weber granted fall signee Laimonas Chatkevicius an unconditional release from his letter of intent. Chatkevicius requested the release and will follow former K-State coach Frank Martin to South Carolina.