There is not a lot going on in Wildcatland today, but there are a few items of interest. The first two, unfortunately, involve guys associated with K-State basketball being required to put in appearances in big ornate rooms with robed adjudicators, so we’ll get the depressing facts out of the way first.
Amaad Wainwright appeared in court yesterday for arraignment on his obstruction and attempt to flee charges. He made bail, and his next appearance will be next Thursday. He remains suspended pending the outcome. (Tony Rizzo, the Star)
Meanwhile, Topeka Hayden junior Zach Harvey got another continuance yesterday in his ongoing felony child sex case. The charges were filed in October, but are apparently only now coming to light. Harvey, who still — as far as we’re aware — has an offer from K-State, is alleged (along with two young men from Wichita) to have been in possession of Snapchat content involving an underage girl. He’ll be in court again May 29. Harvey’s a highly-recruited talent who averaged 23.1 a game last season while leading Hayden to the Kansas 4A-II title. He also has, or had, offers from schools including Kansas, UCLA, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Creighton. (Luke Ranker, Capital-Journal)
Hayden Barber at the Eagle also reports on the situation.
(A very important note on Harvey’s K-State offer: as noted, he may still hold the offer, or it could very well have been rescinded by now with no comment from the athletic department. There is a simple reason for that: under NCAA rules the athletic department isn’t actually allowed to comment on the offer, period. We want to be very clear that nothing whatsoever can be read into silence on the part of Gene Taylor’s office regarding this matter.)
On to better things.
Brian Snow at 247 reports on the showing 2020 recruit Caleb Love made at the NY2LA Swish N Dish, and highlights the 6’3” guard’s visit to K-State. Love, from Christian Brothers in Saint Louis, is a three-star, rated the second-best player in Missouri.
This weekend’s series at Tointon with Oklahoma State, originally scheduled to start today and last through Sunday, has been postponed by a day due to garbage weather in Manhappiness. They’ll now play Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm and on Monday at 1:00pm.
In today’s Sports Extra, Corbin McGuire profiles shortstop Cameron Thompson, who’s struggled a bit coming off a freshman All-American campaign in 2017 but is getting the pieces back in place now that Big 12 play has started.
Track and Field
Sophomore thrower Ashley Petr snagged the Big 12’s female athlete of the week honor yesterday, the eighth Wildcat in history to have done so. Petr, a transfer from Division II Nebraska-Kearney, was honored for claiming both the women’s hammer throw and women’s discus at the Emporia State Relays last weekend.
At the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Wildcats hold three of the top eight positions in the combined events after day one. Aaron Booth is second in the decathlon after five events with 3,890 points, 132 points back of Cincinnati’s Alex Bloom. After four events in the heptathlon Lauren Taubert and Ariel Okorie are second and fourth; Taubert’s 3,319 points trail Texas Tech’s Kaylee Hinton by only 54, with Okorie sitting at 3,268. The second half of the combined events begin today at noon CT, while the rest of the squad slides into action on Saturday with field events beginning at 11:00am and track events at 2:30pm.
Today’s Sports Extra sees McGuire focusing on the 35th-ranked tennis team (12-5, 2-2 Big 12), which will take on West Virginia (8-6, 1-1 Big 12) today after taking a well-deserved weekend off last week. They’ll stop on the way home Sunday to face Iowa State (8-9, 0-3 Big 12) in Ames.