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Kansas State Basketball: Introducing David Sloan

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Mr. David Sloan, JuCo PG extraordinaire.

UC Irvine v Kansas State Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images

David Sloan, a 3-star, 6’0, 200, NJCAA All-American point guard from John A. Logan College (originally from Campbellsville, KY) committed to K-State on May 5th, and signed and enrolled in classes today, making Sloan an official member of the 2019 recruiting class.

Sloan chose the Wildcats over offers from Cincinnati and Georgetown. As a high school senior in 2016, Sloan fielded offers from Butler, Iowa State, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri and Tennessee (among others).

As a Sophomore at John A. Logan, Sloan started 32 games, averaged 16 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 10 assists per game, and put up a robust a 3/1 assist/turnover ratio. Known more for his passing than his scoring, the stocky guard shot 37% from deep on the season and averaged a steal per game.

His ability to distribute the basketball in junior college was elite. He tallied a season high 16 assists in two games last year and also had a 15 and 14 assist game. He finished the season with 10+ assists in 20/32 games. Granted, junior college basketball isn’t known for its stellar defense, but those sorts of assist numbers are still eye popping.

Film

High School Jr. Highlights

Junior College Highlights

Note: Sloan is #2 on the blue team.

Overall

Sloan is a huge pick up for the Wildcats and should slot into the starting lineup day 1. He’s a compact guard that has the ability to finish through contact at the rim. He uses his left shoulder to fend off defenders and is able to extend and finish with his right hand. He’s not a player that hunts the outside shot, but if you leave him open he won’t hesitate to knock down the 3.

Sloan’s ability to drive the ball and either drop the ball off for an easy 2 or finish at the rim late in the shot clock will be crucial for K-State next season. Expect to see Sloan with the ball in his hands late in the clock regularly. He is a true point guard that can make things happen for his teammates off the dribble. I anticipate several possession ending in lobs to Sneed and Mak.

From the film I’ve seen from his JuCo days, he’s low to the ground and has a solid build, which helps him on defense. He moves his feet well and doesn’t get muscled by opposing guards. He doesn’t have great length, but can and will jump passing lanes if opposing guards get lazy with their passing. He’s also an adept rebounder considering his height, using his muscular frame to carve out space and pull down boards.

Sloan looks like a Bruce Weber player. He’s not exceptionally flashy, but is rock solid and plays basketball with a rugged determination, often bending the game to his will.