Ex-Illini commit Orris picks K-State

Crete-Monee senior point guard and former Illinois recruit Michael Orris committed to Kansas State on Thursday.

Orris, a 6-3 point guard, previously committed to Kansas State coach Bruce Weber when Weber was at Illinois. Orris was released from his Illini letter of intent recently.

Orris chose the Wildcats over interest from Green Bay, Marquette, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Valparaiso and Virginia.

“People know the kind of relationship I have with coach Weber,” Orris said by phone. “Going through the process, it was the right fit at Kansas State. Coach Weber is awesome, and I can’t wait to play for the program.”

Orris originally committed to Creighton in May of 2011, and he decommitted from there in June after his former high school coach and recruiting advisor was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor. He later committed and signed his letter of intent to play for Bruce Weber at Illinois. He asked for his release from new Illini coach John Groce.

“It’s been a long journey to get here,” said Orris, who was gratefully for the help of his former AAU coach Scott Lidskin in his recruitment. “I’m just happy the Lord provided for me and gave me this opportunity to go there.”

Orris averaged 12 points and four assists during his during season.