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K-State basketball wins recruiting battle for prized St. Louis center Davion Bradford

One of the best Kansas State basketball recruiting classes in years just got even better.

Davion Bradford, a 7-foot center from St. Louis, who ranks among the nation’s top high school big men, announced on Friday his intention to play for the Wildcats.

He chose K-State over Missouri, Arizona State, Illinois, Oklahoma and many others. Bradford was also in attendance for Late Night in the Phog last week at KU.

“Kansas State felt like the perfect spot for me when I was there on my visit,” Bradford said in a phone interview. “I knew a lot of their St. Louis players and I have built a good relationship with Coach (Chris) Lowery and Coach (Bruce) Weber. That’s what put them over the top for me.”

Bradford gives K-State something it has never had before when it comes to basketball recruiting — an incoming class that features four players ranked inside the national top 150, according to Rivals.

The last time the Wildcats landed three top 150 players in the same recruiting class was 2009.

With Bradford in the fold, this will undoubtedly go down as Bruce Weber’s top-rated recruiting class with the Wildcats. K-State entered Friday with the nation’s No. 20 overall recruiting class, per Rivals, and jumped up to No. 12 after Bradford made his commitment.

He could be a difference maker immediately after senior center Makol Mawien graduates.

“I will be coming in as a five when they have a lot of fours,” Bradford said. “I should fit in great.”

In addition to Bradfard, K-State’s 2020 recruiting class features Nijel Pack, a four-star point guard from Indianapolis, Selton Miguel, a four-star wing from Orlando, and Luke Kasubke, a three-star wing from St. Louis.

K-State only projects to have three open scholarships for 2020 at the moment, so the Wildcats will need to open up roster space in the coming months.

Kasubke and Bradford are good friends who both play for MoKan Elite on the summer AAU basketball circuit. They visited Manhattan together on an official recruiting trip in early September and will reunite on the court next season.

“That’s going to be great, because I have been playing with him since seventh grade,” Bradford said. “We already have that chemistry. We both know how we play and what we’re like on the court.”

But Bradford should have plenty of pals on his new team. He has played against fellow St. Louis products Xavier Sneed, Levi Stockard and Shaun Williams plenty of times over the years.

“I know all of the St. Louis guys really well,” Bradford said. “I’m friends with all of them.”

Bradford could be the missing piece for K-State’s 2020 recruiting cycle. It needed a big man and Weber landed one of the top options available before the arrival of early signing day.

Bradford is a traditional center with little desire to step outside and shoot three-pointers.

He will instantly bring shot-blocking skills to Bramlage Coliseum.

“I feel like I am a team player and a dominant big,” Bradford said. “I will do anything to win, basically. I should fit in real well next season with Makol being a senior center for them. I’m a true five. That position was made for me.”

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