Kansas State adds Mississippi State transfer Will McNair

Drew Galloway09/16/23
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Kansas State has struck for the last time in the transfer portal this year with the addition of Mississippi State big man transfer Will McNair. I say the final time for the current cycle because that gives the Wildcats a full roster of 13 scholarship players.

Jerome Tang and his staff are no stranger to late pick-ups. It was just last year when Keyontae Johnson and Anthony Thomas both committed to K-State in August. Not to mention, Desi Sills didn’t arrive in Manhattan until October.

Furthermore, Kansas State had just added Samford transfer and former BYU commit Ques Glover for this year’s roster last month.

McNair was originally committed to Providence after transferring to Mississippi State and was even with them on their foreign tour. While in Spain, he averaged 9.3 points and eight rebounds in about 18 minutes of play per contest.

After that brief time with the Friars, McNair decided to re-enter the transfer portal.

K-State will be his third school he has appeared in a game four, although it’s four in general if you include Providence . After starting his career at New Mexico State for three seasons, he transferred to Mississippi State.

In Starkville, the Philadelphia native averaged 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

McNair was one of just six Bulldogs to play in all 34 games last season. He scored in double figures three times and pulled down five or more rebounds 10 times. All three of his times scoring in double digits came against SEC opponents and six of his 10 times with five rebounds or more also came in conference action.

At New Mexico State, his most productive season was in 2021. The newest Kansas State big played in 34 games and averaged 6.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds in that particular season. He also started in both NCAA Tournament games the Aggies played in 2021.

He scored four points and had three rebounds in the win over UConn and had six points and seven rebounds against Arkansas.

McNair has a lot experience. He will bring 116 career appearances and 29 career starts with him to K-State. He will come to Manhattan with one year of eligibility remaining.