Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber announced today the addition of freshman forward Hagop “Jack” Karapetyan (Los Angeles, Calif./Cathedral) to the Wildcat men’s basketball program.
The Los Angeles, Calif., native of Armenian descent will receive the 13th and final scholarship for the 2013-14 season. He is one of seven new players for the Wildcats this season, including the fifth freshman.
“We are excited to welcome Jack to our program,” said Weber. “We felt that we needed some depth in our frontline and he was a player who first caught our attention last fall. We kept our eyes on him throughout the year and he continued to improve. He flew under the radar from a recruiting standpoint because he went to a small private school in Los Angeles and didn’t play AAU ball until this past spring. However, we really like his potential, as he has a terrific motor and is very active. He only knows one way to play and that’s hard all the time. He can do a lot of things on the basketball court – go inside and outside – and has really good skills.”
A 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward from Los Angeles, Karapetyan comes to K-State from Cathedral (Calif.) Prep where he played one season for head coach William Middlebrooks in 2013-14. He was selected to play in the 2013 BallisLife All-American game, which featured some of the top high school seniors on the West Coast, this past May in Long Beach, Calif. He played on the White team with fellow Big 12 signee Stephen Clark of Oklahoma State.
Prior to playing at Cathedral, Karapetyan played four years at TCA Arshag Dickranian School, a small private Armenian school in Hollywood, Calif., for head coach Rudolph Rameh. The school joined the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) during his sophomore year in 2009-10 and he helped lead the Lions to a third place finish in the CIF Division 6A Tournament. As a junior, he averaged 32 points and 18 rebounds and earned most valuable player honors in helping the squad to the CIF Mulholland League title in 2010-11 and a second consecutive trip to the Division 6A Tournament. The Lions (17-4) advanced to the 2011 CIF-Southern Section Division 6A title game, as Karapetyan posted 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. He was named First Team All-CIF Division 6A as both a junior and senior.
Karapetyan will join his teammates next week as he reports to campus for summer classes. He is the seventh player to sign with the Wildcats, joining fellow freshmen Marcus Foster (Wichita Falls, Texas/Hirschi), Wesley Iwundu (Houston, Texas/Westfield), Nigel Johnson (Ashburn, Va./Riverdale Baptist School) and Jevon Thomas (Queens, N.Y./St. John’s [Wis.] Northwest Military Academy) and Division I transfers Brandon Bolden (Sumter, S.C./Quality Education (N.C.) Academy/Georgetown) and Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson CVI/Maine). Bolden and Edwards will have to sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are currently on sale with a variety of ticket packages available, including the new Wildcat Victory Ticket Plan, which includes general admission seating (sections 24-25) for all non-conference and all-midweek conference games (excluding Big Monday and the Kansas games) for only $169. Fans can purchase season tickets in a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at the Athletics Ticket Office located in Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats will return eight lettermen in 2013-14, including four players with starting experience, highlighted by All-Big 12 honorable mention selection Shane Southwell and fellow senior Will Spradling.