Sources: Kaluma chooses K-State over UK, Bama
Jeff Borzello, ESPN Staff WriterJun 11, 2023, 01:28 PM ET
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Kaluma, the highest-ranked guys’s basketball player still in the portal, committed to Kansas State on Sunday, sources informed ESPN.Kaluma chose the Wildcats over Kentucky and Alabama, both of
which had been intending to get the talented forward on school next week. He started his check out to Kansas State on Friday.He will help replace Keyontae Johnson in Manhattan, where coach Jerome Tang
is rebuilding following an Elite 8 run in his very first season with the Wildcats. All-Americans Johnson and Markquis Nowell both left, and Tang will hope Kaluma and North Texas transfer Tylor Perry can action in and fill their shoes. Guard Webcam Carter and center Nae’Qwan Tomlin, who each began all 36 games last season, are back, as is part-time starter David N’Guessan. A 6-foot-8 forward from Arizona who has represented Uganda globally in multiple competitions, Kaluma remained in the top 100 of ESPN’s NBA draft
rankings and participated in the draft combine. He met with and exercised for seven NBA teams before withdrawing his name on deadline day.Kaluma improved his numbers across the board last season at Creighton, balancing 11.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game and shooting 31.1%from 3-point range after putting up 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds as a freshman. He scored in double figures in all 4 of the Bluejays’NCAA competition games, including a first-round win over NC State in which he had 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists.He has been at his best in the postseason, registering 24 points and 12 rebounds against Kansas in the 2nd round of the 2022 NCAA tournament in what maybe was the best performance of his profession.