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Nino Williams joins K-State a year early

All it took for Nino Williams to change his plans was a phone call from Frank Martin.

The Kansas State basketball coach dialed Williams on Sunday and told him he wanted him on campus. Not just a year ahead of schedule, but within the next 10 hours.

Heading into the holiday weekend, when Williams first learned of Dominique Sutton’s decision to transfer, the Leavenworth High School product didn’t know if he could make that kind of commitment. Ever since verbally committing to the Wildcats in October, Williams had intended to enroll in prep school for a year before joining K-State.

It was a plan he liked. The idea of changing it made him uneasy.

But as Williams’ legal guardian Derek Zeck put it, “Not many kids get the chance to go into a top-10 program like this.”

So when Martin came calling, Williams happily accepted his offer to enroll at K-State in 2010 instead of 2011. He is now living in Manhattan, ready to start summer school. (more…)