MANHATTAN — The Kansas State basketball team's final scholarship is taken.
Juevol Myles, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound freshman point guard from Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, gave an oral commitment to the Wildcats on Monday and is preparing to sign a national letter of intent soon.
"I'm very excited to join that program," Myles said in a telephone interview. "I have no doubts K-State is where I want to be for the next three years."
Myles, whose first name is pronounced "Ja-VOL," chose the Wildcats over George Washington, Oklahoma and Nebraska. He said K-State coaches — mainly Frank Martin and assistant Matt Figger — recruited him for four months, and he liked their sales pitch.
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After meeting players and touring campus last weekend, he was ready to commit. He had already visited George Washington, and had plans to check out Nebraska and Oklahoma in the coming weeks.
"I liked K-State so much, got along with the coaches and clicked well with all the guys on and off the court," Myles said. "I figured there was no point in me even going on my next two visits. I said, 'Let me sign right now.' "
Myles will be K-State's fourth and final incoming scholarship player next season. Shawnee Mission South point guard Will Spradling, New York swingman Shane Southwell and junior college center Freddy Asprilla have already signed.
Myles hopes to compete for playing time immediately. As a freshman, he averaged 12 points and 4.5 assists on a team that featured five other future Division I players.
"He was in a good mix, but he's partly responsible for us going to a regional championship and us doing as well as we did this year," Tallahassee coach Eddie Barnes said.
Myles said he likes to pass first and shoot second.
"I can score, but I'd rather get the ball up to the other guys and get them involved before I do my thing," Myles said. "At K-State, they have so many weapons, I don't have to impact the game with my shot."
Myles grew up in the Toronto area and initially signed with Louisiana Tech out of high school. But because of international-student issues with the NCAA clearinghouse, he had to go the junior college route.
Barnes said Myles is a good student and is on pace to join K-State in July.
When Myles arrives, Barnes thinks Martin will like what he sees.
"They're looking for some high-character kids, and they certainly got one with Juevol," Barnes said. "He's a competitor that wants to win at the highest levels, and will pay the price to get that done. He has winner written all over him."