Josh Reid, a 6-foot-6 basketball forward from Class 1A Brewster High, will be attending Kansas State next year.
Reid on Friday gave a verbal commitment to KSU and will sign a letter of intent with the Wildcats during the early signing period, which starts Nov. 8.
Reid, who averaged 26.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for last year's 26-1 state champions, says he picked KSU over Kansas and Stanford. South Alabama, DePaul and Marquette were others who made in-home visits.
The Jayhawks, who have just two scholarships to give this year, did not offer Reid a scholarship, indicating they'd like Reid to walk on, Brewster coach Jon McLean said.
"He was very interested in KU, but it's hard to turn down a scholarship offer," McLean said.
Actually, Reid listed three reasons for choosing KSU.
"It's the closest major university to home. He felt a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the program and K-State recruited him very, very hard," McLean said.
"They are the first college to tell him he had a scholarship. Kansas State had been on him quite a while for a decision, but they were still always willing to wait."
Reid is relieved he's made an early decision, McLean said.
"He's ready to get on with his senior year now. The pressure is off," McLean said. "It was a difficult decision, probably the most difficult he's had to make. Now that it's over, he'll be able to relax."
Reid had indicated earlier he might attend Late Night With Roy Williams the night of Oct. 14 at Allen Fieldhouse. C.J. Black, a 6-8 forward from Chattanooga, Tenn., has said he'll attend. He's expected to choose either Tennessee or Kansas.
KU also is involved with other top players nationally, including Lester Earl, a 6-10 center from Baton Rouge, La., who cannot make campus visits until he records minimum test scores. Earl is especially interested in Tulane, KU and UNLV and also is still considering LSU, Kentucky, Alabama and possibly, a direct trip to the NBA.