The focus of this coming weekend for Kansas State fans is on the football season starting and seeing how the Chris Klieman era gets going, but the weekend is important for more than just football this weekend. Bruce Weber’s basketball program enters a rather important weekend, too.
This weekend, the Wildcats host 2020 St. Louis products Luke Kasubke and Davion Bradford on official visits as they attempt to continue building their 2020 class around current commit Nijel Pack. Kasubke and Bradford might potentially be those next pieces.
Both Kasubke and Bradford have been high priorities for quite some time. The Wildcats have been after Bradford since he was young and they really began tapping into St. Louis (Bradford lived there prior to making some moves to different parts of the country and then recently returning to St. Louis.)
Kasubke has been under that St. Louis umbrella as well and has played for MOKAN Elite, a program that K-State has had on its radar. The Wildcats got him on campus last year for an unofficial visit and now he returns for his official. So what is there to learn on the official that he did not on his unofficial?
“I just hope to build a better relationship with the coaches, even though I already have good ones with them,” Kasubke said to GoPowercat.com. “And I also want to get to know the players better and see where I fit in with them.”
Bradford, on the other hand, has yet to make it to Manhattan for a visit yet.
"This will be my first time at K-State," Bradford said to GoPowercat. "I’m hoping it’ll be exciting and I’ll gain some more knowledge about K-State and just experience my whole visit."
The visit to K-State will be Kasubke’s third unofficial visit in a one-week span. He went to Saint Louis last week and began a visit to Loyola-Chicago today. As of now, these three are the only official visits that Kasubke has planned, although it doesn’t mean that more won’t come later on.
So could the Wildcats be on commitment watch this weekend with Kasubke?
“I haven’t thought a lot about committing on a visit,” Kasubke said. “The plan is to take my visits and then sit down and make a decision before the high school season sometime.”
Bradford has an official visit to Missouri scheduled for September 14 and so the thought of committing on a visit to K-State isn't really in his mind either.
"I feel like I would want to check for some more options after K-State," Bradford said. "Just to be safe, you know?"
The big question that everyone wants to know about the duo, though, is whether or not Weber could land both of them in a package deal. Being MOKAN teammates, the thought of them playing together is not out of the question and K-State could be the place for that to happen, considering how high of a priority they both are to the Wildcats.
So might the package deal happen?
“Davion’s my brother,” Kasubke said. “I’ve been playing with him since I was a little kid. I’m more concerned about what program fits me best, but at the same time, I would love to team up with him if we feel it fits both of us and our games.”
"I’m not necessarily looking for a package deal," Bradford added. "I’m just looking for wherever that fits me the best and where could I belong. I want to have a good career wherever I go. But I mean, it would be good to have (a package deal) if it came to it."
GoPowercat.com cover Kasubke and Bradford’s visits to Manhattan and find out where they both stand with K-State following their visits, as well as future basketball recruiting news.