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Big 12 2019-20 Season Preview: Kansas State

Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State had a terrific 2018-19 season, but the 2019-20 season isn’t looking as bright for the Wildcats. Last year, Kansas St. shared the Big 12 regular season title with Texas Tech and earned a No. 4 seed in the big dance. As their upcoming season comes about, though, they will have to adjust to playing without the heart of their squad: Kamau Stokes, Barry Brown, and Dean Wade.

Players to Watch 

1.) Xavier Sneed: 

Xavier Sneed is a 6’5”, 220-pound senior forward. As a junior, Sneed averaged 10.6 points on 39.6 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. Along with that, league coaches selected him as an All-Big 12 honorable mention. As a Wildcat, Sneed has had a solid career. He ranks 29th on the all-time scoring list with 1,003 points, and he became the 15th player in school history to put up 1,000 career points in just his junior year. The senior forward needs a mere 40 more rebounds to eclipse 500 for his career, and he might become the 15th Kansas State player to put up 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career. Sneed has high expectations for this upcoming year, and he will have to play a vital role each season for the Wildcats to be successful. 

Key Losses

1.) Kamau Stokes:

Stokes had a terrific career as a Wildcat. He’s one of only three players in Kansas State basketball history to score at least 1,000 points, make 200 three-point field goals, record 400 assists, and 100 steals in a career. Stokes finished his career ranked eighth all-time in assists with 415, and 17th all-time in scoring with 1,242 total points. As a senior, Stokes scored in double figures in 21 games and he dished out 100-plus assists for the third consecutive season. To cap his career off, Stokes finished as an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. 

2.) Barry Brown: 

It’s safe to say that Barry Brown left Kansas State as one of the program’s all-time greatest players. Brown finished as the school’s all-time leader in steals with 254, and he also finished sixth all-time in the Big 12 Conference. He ranks fifth among K-State’s all-time leaders in scoring with 1,781 points, and he’s the all-time leader is games played with 139. In his senior season of action, Brown led the Wildcats in nearly every statistical category, which includes scoring, 20-point games, field goals made, free throws made, steals, and minutes played. During conference play, he led the team in seven categories, which included scoring, field goals made, free throws made, steals, and minutes played. At the end of his senior year, Brown ended as a semifinalist for the Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year. 

3.) Dean Wade: 

Dean Wade had a remarkable career with Kansas State. Wade is the only player in school history to score at least 1,000 points, make 100 three-point field goals, grab 500 rebounds, record 200 assists, and 100 steals. He ranks tenth all-time in scoring with 1,510 points, and he finished among the career Top 10 in a multitude of categories; including scoring, rebounding, double-digit scoring games, field goals made, and starts. As a senior, Wade averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. He led the team in field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and rebounding. When it was all said and done, Wade proved to be the most valuable player in the Big 12; K-State went 20-5 in the games Wade played and 5-4 in the games he didn’t play because of an injury. 

Final Thoughts

The Wildcats might have a tough 2019-20 season. Although they lost three vital players, Head Coach Bruce Weber will, at the least, have Xavier Sneed to rely on. Juniors Cartier Diarra and Mike McGuirl will have to step up this season, and JuCo transfer David Sloan will have to adjust to Weber’s system somewhat quickly. 

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Jharad K. McClung Lester
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