‘I hope we get to play’: Guys’s basketball gets ready for season unlike any other
The men’s basketball group wants to improve this year after a disastrous 2019-2020 campaign that saw K-State finish last in the Huge 12 Conference with a record of 11-21, just one year after winning a share of the Huge 12 Championship.
In the meantime, Kansas State is set to tip-off their season versus Drake on Nov. 25 as a part of the Little Apple Classic.
Weber said Big 12 groups needs six scholarship players available for video games to be played– K-State had 8 available for practice just a few days ago. Even with that number, Weber is still concerned.
” There are so lots of things involved, the COVID-19 tracing, etc,” Weber said. “However likewise the psychological health. That’s a really huge element. I just hope and wish our guys. I am not exactly sure the number of bodies we will have next Wednesday, however I hope we get to play for their sake.”
COVID-19 aside, K-State is going to look entirely various on the court than it did last year. The group only returns 5 players from last season, and just four of them saw playing time.
Over the offseason, K-State lost 9 players from their 14-man lineup, consisting of 3 graduates and six transfers. The big losses consist of forward Xavier Sneed, who graduated last season and guard Cartier Diarra, who moved to Virginia Tech over the offseason.
Even with the losses, K-State returned a trio of young players and senior Mike McGuirl to assist lead this year’s squad. On top of that, K-State also signed nine new players to the lineup over the offseason, including 4 transfer professional athletes.
Weber is talking up the transfers from Texas, Carlton Linguard Jr. (Temple College) and Kaosi Ezeagu (UTEP). He also praised freshman Davion Bradford, comparing him to a literal aircraft provider.
One more transfer Weber talked up is guard Rudi Williams, originating from Northeast Oklahoma A&M. Williams needed to establish himself into a leadership role on the group, as he is among the two juniors presently on the roster.
” There is a little pressure due to the fact that us being so young,” Williams stated. “So, I put that pressure on myself to be a leader and be an instant impact man on our team. I likewise comprehend that I am new to this also. Even with me being as old as I am, it is also my very first go around with K-State guys’s basketball and playing basketball at this level. At the end of the day, I wish to be a leader here and I desire to help our team win, so I got to do what I got to do.”
The starting lineup for Wednesday is a mystery. With just four gamers getting playing time in 2015, and with everything up in the air with COVID-19, we are bound to see a lot of new faces on the court in the Wildcats matchup against Drake.
No matter who the starting 5 is though, K-State will need to be prepared for a hard Drake team that ended up off last season with a 20-14 record and made a run to the Missouri Valley Conference Competition semifinals. The Bulldogs return 2 gamers who started every game in 2015 including redshirt junior Roman Penn who averaged 12 points per game and led the team in three-point percentage shooting at 40.3 percent last season.
K-State begins their season with six straight house non-conference video games. Generally that would be a big benefit in a year where fans are enabled inside the arena, but as it stands today three of those first 6 video games will lack fans in Bramlage Coliseum, and it is difficult to state whether or not it will remain that way for the remainder of the year.
” Our state is among the higher positive portions in the nation,” Weber stated. “I think they will make the finest choice for the security of everybody. Although we would love to have fans, the big thing is getting to the games. That will assist us. It might not be pretty, however it will be nice to arrive.”
K-State’s season opener with the Bulldogs suggestions off at 1 p.m. on Nov. 25, and is readily available on ESPNU.