MANHATTAN — Kansas State debuted at No. 3 in The Associated Press college basketball poll on Thursday, giving the Wildcats their highest preseason ranking.
K-State also was No. 3 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll last week. The previous high for a preseason ranking came at No. 8 by the AP in the 1961-62 and 1964-65 seasons.
The Wildcats were the highest-rated Big 12 team in the AP poll, which also included No. 7 Kansas, No. 15 Missouri and No. 16 Baylor. K-State opens the 2010-11 Tuesday with an exhibition against Newman University at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.
One leaves, another arrives — K-State coach Frank Martin announced the addition of walk-on Devon Peterson to the roster on Thursday. A 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., Peterson will be a junior and have two years of eligibility remaining after starting his career at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Peterson committed to K-State two years ago, but eligibility issues got in the way until now.
"We are excited about the addition of Devon to our basketball team," Martin said. "We know that it will take him some time to get acclimated to college basketball again, but we think he will add tremendous athleticism and experience to our team."
Peterson joins the team at the same time freshman walk-on Jarrod Kruger, a nephew of former K-State standout player and coach Lon Kruger, decided to leave.