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Matt Figger hard at work after promotion

Matt Figger didn't get much time to savor his promotion to recruiting coordinator on the Kansas State basketball team.

After earning the title two weeks ago, he immediately began preparing for the first day that class of 2013 recruits could receive calls from college coaches. With that day, and plenty of phone calls, in his rearview mirror he took a few minutes to discuss his new role and what the future holds for the Wildcats.

As you might expect, recruiting is the No. 1 thing on the assistant coach's mind these days.

"The class of 2013, that's a big recruiting class for us," Figger said. "We're going to need a few guys. Next year is not so bad, but 2013 is really our target year, because we have so many juniors. Replacing that many players is not an easy deal."

But by no means impossible. Last year, the Wildcats knew Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly would graduate. Then they watched four players unexpectedly transfer from the program. By the time K-State announced its latest recruiting class, it had signed six new players.

The process was difficult, Figger said, because most of the high school seniors K-State had targeted during the fall had already decided to sign elsewhere. In many ways, the Wildcats had to start their recruiting efforts all over.

They ended up landing Angel Rodriguez, Jeremy Jones, Omari Lawrence and James Watson in addition to Thomas Gipson and Adrian Diaz. Figger is high on all six, and says the Wildcats have the potential to be a better team next season. (more…)