K-State signs big man Landers

Arne Green
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of Wisconsin high school center Logan Landers on Wednesday.

Kansas State picked up one of the top high school players in Wisconsin on Wednesday with the signing of big man Logan Landers to a national letter of intent.

Landers, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound center from Cedarburg, is the No. 30-ranked center in the nation and No. 5 overall player in Wisconsin by 247Sports. Both 247Sports and Rivals.com have him rated as a three-star prospect.

“One of our main areas of focus in this recruiting period was getting another skilled big man — one that can give us some different options, alongside Kaosi (Ezeagu), Davion (Bradford), Carlton (Linguard Jr.)," K-State coach Bruce Weber said in a statement. "Logan is a very, very skilled player.

"He is a good passer and can do a lot of things with the basketball. He has really developed into a very good 3-pointer shooter, which will give us even more versatility on the court."

Landers transferred to Cedarburg High School last spring after three seasons at Brookfield Academy in Brookfield, Wis. He scored 1,082 points and averaged 14.8 points and 9.4 rebounds with 28 double-doubles over his three years at Brookfield.

“I need to follow what I want to do in my heart,” Landers said of his commitment to the Wildcats in the early signing period. "K-State is an elite top-level school, and they are in my heart, so that’s the school that I want to be and where I want to win.

“College is going to be a grind no matter where you go, whether you are playing Division I sports or not. The guys (at K-State) are going to be there for you — they are great teammates — and you have a great coaching staff, so I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. There is ‘no lose’ in this situation. I just had to get on to this opportunity while I had the chance.”

Weber and his staff already brought in several promising big men in the 2020 recruiting class, including 7-foot freshman center Bradford from St. Louis, 6-11 Texas-El Paso sophomore transfer Ezeagu and 6-11 sophomore transfer Carlton Linguard from Temple College in Texas.

Landers spent this past summer with Phenom Team Herro EYBL, a top AAU program.

"The thing that I want to develop the most (in college) is that ruthless mindset of grabbing every single rebound that I can, and when I get it in the post just being an absolute bully,” Landers said. “I want to do all the stuff that most people don’t like to do.

"I want to get the rebounds. I want to do the dirty stuff that a lot of people don’t like to do that will make me a better player and a better teammate to help us win games.”

Landers also is a top baseball pitcher, who posted a 1.94 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 68 innings over two seasons at Brookfield.

"His background as a pitcher has given him great hand-eye coordination that you don't see in a lot of basketball players, especially big men," Weber said.