Kearney's Kanon Koster decided he wanted to play college basketball at the end of last summer.
That decision became even more of a reality Friday, a day after doing private workouts with McNeese State, when Koster received a scholarship offer from the Cowboys.
"I really like the new coaching staff at McNeese State," Koster said. "I originally talked to (associate head) coach Aiken — we connected well. They have been super honest from the beginning. Coach Aiken is the first coach that has given me a reason why he coaches and that is something that is neat to me."
McNeese State is ushering in a new era of basketball with the March 15 hiring of coach Heath Schroyer. The Cowboys see Koster as a player that can initiate the offense from the wing.
"They are big into players that fit into their scheme defensively and team defense," Koster said. "They see me as a wing that can play the two or the three and think I am physically ready for college."
Koster has an official visit planned to McNeese State on April 5 and 6. Maine is another school that wants him to take an official visit, and Northern Colorado has expressed some interest.
"Maine originally wanted to schedule the visit for the same weekend as my McNeese State visit," he said. "I'm not sure that is something I will go on or not."
Division II UNK offered Koster in July of 2016.
"I really like their coaches and they have been recruiting me the longest," Koster said of UNK. "I have a great relationship with coach (Kevin) Lofton."
Northwest Missouri State, UNK's conference foe, has also been in contact with Koster recently.