Kansas State making big strides 

August, 4, 2010
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The early signing period hasn't even started, but Kansas State coach Frank Martin is off to a great start by landing two post presences in Thomas Gipson (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) and Adrian Diaz (Hialeah, Fla./ Hialeah Miami Lakes). It is very difficult to find size in any draft class, particularly early, which makes it that much more impressive for Martin to bring in the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Gipson and the 7-0, 205-pound Diaz. Now, Kansas State can focus on building around these two bigs to fill out its 2011 recruiting class.

I recently saw both of these prospects play and it is fair to say that Gipson will have an immediate impact and be factor in the Big 12, while Diaz has even more upside.

Gipson is a legitimate threat inside and displayed an uncanny ability to create space with his body in the paint at the Fab 48 in Las Vegas. The lefty power forward's body is so big and strong that he looked unstoppable at times. Gipson has strong hands for rebounding, but a soft touch to use his go-to move -- a lefty hook over his right shoulder.

Despite having a thin frame, Diaz showed at the AAU Nationals in Orlando, Fla., that he could make his presence felt with his shot blocking, ability to run the floor and 15-foot jumper. His potential is very high due to his size and skills, but he needs to become best friends with the strength and conditioning coach.

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Paul Biancardi

Basketball Recruiting

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