Kilgore recruit on a growth spurt

11/02/2013 9:04 AM

11/02/2013 9:33 AM

Kilgore (Texas) College center Tom Wamukota visited Wichita State earlier this week. Should he sign with WSU, he would continue the program’s history of tracking down players with unusual back stories.

Wamukota, 6-foot-11, played his freshman season at NAIA Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. He started four games, played in 21, and averaged 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds. Why is he now recruited by WSU, Saint Louis and others?

Kilgore coach Brian Hoberecht explains by saying Wamukota is a much different player than he was a year ago. “He’s grown three inches in the last 16-18 months,” Hoberecht said. “He is a kid who is going to be able to come in an make an impact defensively and rebounding. He’s got a high motor. He really chases rebounds.” Wamukota, according to Hoberecht, left Wiley, where his mother coaches volleyball, in search of a higher level of basketball.  Hoberecht said Houston, Texas Tech and Utah State are also recruiting Wamukota. He considers Wamukota a long-shot to sign in November because he has made one visit, to WSU.

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