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K-State Next for Little

Kansas State coach Frank Martin and his staff finished off the nation's No. 2 ranked recruiting class last season with a couple of additions in the spring signing period.

Now, they've turned their attention to filling the 2008 recruiting class. The Wildcats will play host to one of the nation's top junior college prospects this weekend in Chipola (Fla.) College wing Mario Little.

Mario Little will visit Manhattan this weekend.

"Mario will visit Kansas State this weekend," Chipola coach Greg Heiar said. "It is his second official visit. He visited Kansas last weekend. He loved his visit to Kansas. As for his visit to Kansas State, I'm sure he'll love it too. When you take visits to major college programs like these you are going to enjoy your trip. They are going to show you a good time.

"Mario needs to realize all of that and he will need to decide what is in his heart for where he wants to go to college."

Whoever signs the Illinois native will be getting a very good player according to Heiar.

"Mario can be an impact player at the highest level. He will be ready to step on the court and help a team have a chance to be very good next year."

The Wildcats will make their pitch this weekend to Little as Martin nears the beginning of his first season as a collegiate head coach.

"Bob Huggins got things started at Kansas State last year," Heiar said. "And now Frank will keep it going there. Mario doesn't know much about Kansas State at this point. He hasn't grown up with them being a good basketball team. He'll learn some about the school this weekend, though.

"It will be very important for Kansas State and the Kansas State fans to show him what the school and the program are all about."

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Little averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game last season while averaging just over 20 minutes per game for the Indians. Chipola finished the season 33-3 and was national runner-up in the NJCAA tournament played in Hutchinson, Kan.

"Mario is as good a scorer as we have ever had here at Chipola in my time in the program," Heiar said. "He also has 14 months until he plays at the next level for him to get stronger and better as a player. He will grow and get better because he works hard on his game. He is only the second guy we have had here, with Stefhon Hannah being the other, to stay here during the summers and work on his game to become a better player. I think the work is going to pay dividends for him."


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