Mom says Beasley is headed to K-State; he's not sure

Updated: April 7, 2007, 8:53 PM ET
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Michael Beasley's status as a Kansas State recruit is so uncertain, it seems, that there's even disagreement about the issue in his own family.

Beasley committed to the Wildcats in November, but with coach Bob Huggins' departure for West Virginia this week, the highly touted recruit's future became unclear.

Beasley's mother, Fatima Smith, told The Kansas City Star on Saturday that he would honor his commitment.

"He's happy. He's satisfied," Smith told the Star. "We're just glad it turned out this way."

Smith said Dalonte Hill, who was promoted to associate head coach under new Wildcats head coach Frank Martin, was the key to Beasley going to Kansas State.

Beasley seemed to contradict his mother's remarks later Saturday.

"I haven't [asked to be released from Kansas State] yet," Beasley said after the Nike Hoop Summit game in Memphis, Tenn. However, it appeared he was unaware of the Wildcats' promotion of Martin, as he said, "I'm waiting to see who gets the job first.

"I haven't talked to [Huggins] yet. He had to do what was best for him, but he still didn't look out for his recruits. He supposedly had the best recruiting class in the nation, but he didn't look out for us."

Beasley said his phone hasn't stopped ringing since the news broke, and that he has formalized an early list of schools that could be a good fit for him if released from Kansas State.

"I'm really thinking about Memphis right now. NC State and Florida State, too," he said.

Hill, who coached Beasley in AAU basketball and was an assistant at Charlotte when Beasley initially committed there. When Hill left for Kansas State, Beasley de-committed from Charlotte, eventually signing with Kansas State.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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