Kansas State basketball lands transfer forward Ismael Massoud from Wake Forest
Kansas State basketball again turned to the transfer portal to fill a position of need Thursday with the signing of Wake Forest sophomore forward Ismael Massoud.
Massoud, a 6-foot-8, 220-pounder from East Harlem, New York, announced his decision on social media Wednesday.
"All praise to the most high !! @KStateMBB Ready to Work!," he posted on his Twitter account.
Massoud is the third transfer to sign with the Wildcats since the end of the season, joining former Missouri guard Mark Smith and Arkansas-Little Rock point guard Markquis Nowell. The Wildcats also signed high school forward Logan Landers in November and wing Maximus Edwards on Wednesday, bringing their recruiting class to five.
Massoud spent two seasons at Wake Forest and will have three seasons of eligibility left with K-State. As a sophomore for the Demon Deacons, he appeared in all 22 games with eight starts, averaging 8.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.
“Ismael gives us that true stretch forward, who has tremendous experience playing in the ACC,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said in a statement. “He has some scoring ability, including a 31-point effort against Pitt earlier this year.
"He’s a very mature young man who works hard. He’s a great addition to our team. We’re really excited about his potential.”
K-State had been in the market for a stretch forward since Antonio Gordon entered the transfer portal immediately after this past season. He likely will share time at the power forward spot with Montavious Murphy, who missed most of the 2020-21 season with a knee injury, and incoming freshman Landers.
The Wildcats also return centers Davion Bradford and Kaosi Ezeagu.
While Massoud is listed as a power forward, he also is a perimeter threat after hitting 33.6% of his 3-point attempts this season. His 31-point performance against Pitt included eight 3-pointers.
"We weren’t sure if we were going to fill the last (scholarship) spot," Weber said. "However, when we started recruiting Ismael, we felt he was too good to turn down."
K-State assistant coach Shane Southwell was the primary recruiter with Massoud.
"He’s a definitely an upgrade to our forward spot, especially on the offensive end," Southwell said. "He has that ability to stretch the floor with his shooting ability, but also as a passer.
"People have to be mindful of his ability as a passer and where he is on the floor."
Massoud was a four-star prospect coming out of MacDuffie School in Massachusetts and was ranked in the top 150 in the class of 2019 by 247Sports. He and Nowell, a high-scoring guard at Little Rock, both come from Harlem, Southwell's hometown.
Southwell also recruited New York product Edwards, who committed to the Wildcats over the winter.
Edwards, a 6-5 wing, averaged 19.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while hitting on 35.9% of his 3-pointers this season at Our Saviour Lutheran School in New York.
"Max gives us that athletic wing that we have been missing," Southwell said. "He's a lot like (former Wildcat) Xavier (Sneed)."