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May 27, 2008Kansas State coach Frank Martin announced today the signing of high school center Jordan Henriquez (Port Chester High School; New Rochelle, N.Y.) to a National Letter of Intent.
Henriquez is the third player to sign with the Wildcats during the spring signing period, joining junior college standouts Buchi Awaji (Citrus (Calif.) College; Los Angeles, Calif.) and Abdul Herrera (Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College; Panama City, Panama) who signed with the team on May 6. The trio, along with Miami transfer Denis Clemente, will be the newest Wildcats eligible in 2008-09.
"We are pleased to welcome Jordan to our basketball program," said Martin. "He brings tremendous size coupled with the ability to run the floor. His room for growth in the future is very exciting."
A 6-foot-11, 220-pound center from New Rochelle, N.Y., Henriquez comes to Kansas State after playing at Port Chester Senior High School in Port Chester, N.Y. As a senior, he led the team to an 18-6 overall record and an 8-0 mark in league play en route to a runner-up finish at the Section I Championship. In averaging a team-best 15.3 points, Henriquez scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games this past season, including six 20-point contests. He scored a season-high 27 points against Jay on Dec. 12, while he collected a season-best 14 blocked shots against North Rockland on Dec. 15. He was named second team all-county as well as all-conference by the Tri-County Coaches Association.
Martin also announced that forward Andre Gilbert has opted to transfer to another institution. As a result of his academic success, he has been granted a release from his scholarship and leaves Kansas State in good standing. Gilbert saw action in 27 games with 15 starts this past season, averaging 3.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.7 minutes per game.
"We appreciate Andre's contributions to our program over the past season," said Martin. "We wish him nothing but the best as concludes his college career."
Kansas State, which posted a 21-12 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1995-96 season this past season, could return up to eight lettermen for the 2008-09 season.