Men’s basketball roster update: Tang makes first splashes in transfer portal

New men's basketball head coach Jerome Tang at his opening press conference on March 24, 2022. (Archive photo by Benjamin Voller | Collegian Media Group)

With the Kansas State men’s basketball roster cut down to just two scholarship players — junior Markquis Nowell and sophomore Ish Massoud — as of April 18, 2022, fans were nervous that the Wildcats wouldn’t get a starting five on the court for the 2022-23 season.

New head coach Jerome Tang silenced the doubters with his first acquisition in Manhattan — LSU-freshman-transfer Jerrell Colbert.

Colbert is a former four-star recruit (Rivals) who is 6 foot 10 inches and brings 216 pounds to the center position. Colbert played in four games for the Tigers, logging 0.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in just 6.6 minutes of average play time.

“I always wanted to play for [Tang], so that’s why I’m becoming a Wildcat. Now let’s eat,” Colbert said to On3 after signing to K-State.

Two days later, Tang added another former Top 150 (Rivals) player in freshman guard Camryn Carter. Carter comes from Mississippi State after averaging 2.1 points and 0.8 rebounds in 8.4 minutes of average playing time for the Bulldogs.

Carter is a 6 foot 3 inch guard that should pair with Nowell in the back court.

“Coach Tang and the staff is what really made me commit,” Carter said to K-State Athletics. “They are all energetic and fun to be around. The way they develop players is crazy. There is no doubt in my mind that this staff will develop me into the player I want to become and help me get to the highest level I’ve always dreamed of.”

The roster still has plenty of spots to fill, but the building has begun.