It didn't take long after Bob Huggins was hired at Kansas State before the recruiting talk began to surface. One five-star rated prospect, Jason Bennett has already scheduled a visit to K-State, but now two other players from the Miami Tropics are being associated with the Wildcats including junior college All-American Stuard Baldonado.
"I consider Coach Huggins a close personal friend of mine," Miami Tropics coach Art Alvarez said. "I have talked with him quite a bit since he took the job at Kansas State. We are going to do anything we can to help him out at Kansas State and get him to winning there. We've got three players that he is expressing interest in and all three of them could help out right away."
Bennett, a 7-foot-2, 250-pound center, will visit Manhattan in April.
"Jason is going to be visiting very soon," Alvarez said. "He is one that they knew all about before and they are picking up right now and recruiting him hard. They are also looking at Stuard Baldonado a 6-foot-7, 220-pounder who can play the forward spot. Then the third player is Luis Colon. Luis is a 6-foot-10, 260-pound guy who plays power forward."
"I don't know how many of them will end up playing for Kansas State, but I know Huggs has shown interest in them. We'll do whatever we can to help him out from this part of Florida. He's a good one and he'll get good players."
Baldonado is the nation's No. 27 rated junior college prospect in the country according to JucoJunciton.com.
"Stuard is playing great, he's absolutely just been playing great," Miami Dade Community College coach Butch Estes told GopherIllustrated.com last month. "This year he's been playing very consistent averaging 20 points and ten rebounds. But his conference numbers are down to about 16 and eight and that is the result of people double and triple teaming him every time he gets the basketball. That is something we are seeing very consistently."
Colon has impressed Alvarez with his ability this season as well.
"Luis continues to grow as a player," Alavarez said. "He's quicker and stronger. He is a real power forward. He's just getting better all the time and will continue to."