Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kansas State’s Wesley Iwundu Continuing NBA Workouts
By JAKE WEINGARTEN & ADAM ZAGORIA
Kansas State’s Wesley Iwundu continues to crisscross the country in pursuit of his NBA dream.
In recent days, the 6-foot-7 shooting guard has worked out for Utah, Toronto, Atlanta and the Nets. More than 25 teams are interested in Iwundu, currently projected as the No. 56 pick to the Boston Celtics via DraftExpress.com.
“Over 25 teams are interested and 17 have scheduled workouts with me,” he told ZAGSBLOG, adding that the Knicks have shown interest.
Iwundu is a versatile player who averaged 13.0 rebounds, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists at Kansas State.
“With the way my game is I feel I can fit in with any team,” he said. “The NBA is going towards a lot of positionless basketball and it fits my game to the max. I think in any system I can make an impact and help out in any way.”
Iwundu had only three scholarship offers coming out high school, but ended up playing for Bruce Weber.
In a January game against projected top-5 pick Josh Jackson and Kansas, Iwundu went for 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in a 90-88 loss.
“It was a great matchup for me,” he said. “Josh is a very versatile player who I think game will also prosper in today’s NBA game. Wish the best for that guy.”
Even though Kansas State isn’t known for producing NBA players, Iwundu believes he’s living proof that if you work hard and dedicate yourself to your craft, anything is possible.
“My career at K-State was great and getting drafted I think will be big for the whole K-State community and most importantly the basketball team,” he said. “I think recruits sometimes don’t realize it’s not about the name of the school but how you choose to create your own lane and path in order to reach success. At the end of the day if you got game they will find you.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.