K-State men's basketball to open Practices
K-State men's basketball opens fall practice Wednesday
The Wildcats are preparing for exhibition tour to Vancouver, British Columbia
MANHATTAN, Kan. –
The Kansas State men's basketball team began its preparations for its upcoming exhibition tour to Vancouver, British Columbia with the first of 10 team practices on Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats will spend October 8-12 on a four-game preseason exhibition tour to Vancouver, where the team will play Simon Fraser University, Langara College, the University of British Columbia and Trinity Western University.
The team, which is allowed 10 practices under NCAA rules when participating in a foreign fall exhibition tour, will spread its workouts over the next three weeks. The players have been working individually with the coaching staff since the start of fall classes in August. Teams are permitted to participate in an exhibition tour every four years.
Head coach Jim Wooldridge, who was given a two-year contract extension in March after posting the program's highest win total since the 1998-99 season, returns two starters and nine lettermen for the 2004-05 season. Despite numerous injuries, K-State posted a 14-14 overall record and a tie for ninth place in the Big 12 standings with a 6-10 mark last season.
Kansas State returns over 50 percent of its scoring and nearly 70 percent of its rebounding from last season. The Wildcats will be led by reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and senior forward Jeremiah Massey, who paced the team in both scoring (14.7 ppg.) and rebounding (7.8 rpg.). Massey will be joined by fellow starter, junior forward Marques Hayden, who averaged 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. The squad also returns sophomore forward Cartier Martin (6.9 points, 3.0 rebounds) and senior forward Justin Williams (4.0 points, 3.2 rebounds).
The exhibition tour will give Kansas State's young backcourt an opportunity to gain valuable experience. The Wildcats lost its top four guards from last season and has just one guard with more than one year's experience at the Division I level. Junior Schyler Thomas and sophomore Lance Harris, along with the program's three newcomers - Curtis Allen, Fred Peete and Clent Stewart - form the core of this year's backcourt.
Kansas State is one of six Division I men's team traveling to the Vancouver area for an exhibition tour, which includes Big 12 Kansas, UNLV, Georgia, Pacific, Hampton and Western Washington.
Kansas State Preseason Exhibition Tour to Vancouver, British Columbia, October 8-12
October 9 - vs. Simon Fraser (West Gym, Burnaby) at 9 p.m. CST
October 10 - vs. Langara College (War Memorial Gym, Vancouver) at 1 p.m. CST
October 10 - vs. University of British Columbia (War Memorial Gym, Vancouver) TBA
October 11 - vs. Trinity Western University (David E. Enarson Gym, Langley) at 9 p.m. CST
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