Wichita South sophomore Kendrian Elliott, a two-time All-Metro girls basketball selection who averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds last season, verbally committed to Kansas State on Thursday.
She won’t be a college freshman until 2016, but she already knows where she wants to continue her basketball career.
“This was the right fit for her,” Wichita South girls basketball coach Antwain Scales said. “Jeff Mittie had seen her play when he was at TCU, and he continued watching her play this spring. That relationship transitioned over to his job at Kansas State and it turned into a perfect situation for her and her game.”
Elliott, a 6-foot-3 forward capable of playing inside and on the perimeter, has helped Wichita South win back-to-back 6A state championships. Her teammate, sophomore point guard Ericka Mattingly, recently gave a verbal commitment to Wichita State.
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Elliott is the first player known to commit to K-State for 2016 since Mittie was hired as coach in March. He replaced long-time coach Deb Patterson.
If Elliott continues to improve, Scales thinks she can make an immediate impact with the Wildcats.
“She is a versatile player and that is one of the reasons K-State wanted her,” Scales said. “She wanted to be a part of the program and got in on the trend of kids committing early.”