Beasley's Season No. 1 at KSU

Kansas State has a majestic past in the sport of basketball. The four Final Fours, 16 Sweet 16s and 11 Elite Eights defines its rich history, as do names like Barrett, Boozer, Parr, Evans, Blackman, etc. But it's in this 2007-2008 season that Michael Beasley recorded the best single season by a player in the history of the school

Picking the greatest season of all-time is difficult, if not impossible.

Eras change, and so have the rules of the game.

The 3-point shot didn't come into play until 1986-87, assists weren't counted until 1976-77, steals weren't a calculated until 1980-81, and blocked shots weren't counted until 1981-82.

All of that makes it difficult to compare Steve Henson with Lon Kruger, and Bob Boozer or Jack Parr with Michael Beasley.

With that being said, the vote here is that this 2007-08 season authored by Mr. Beasley is the best ... the very best ... in the history of Kansas State basketball.

The 26.5-point average is the highest in Wildcat history; the 12.4-rebound average ranks No. 4.

Beasley has hit 53 percent overall, plus is the purest 3-point threat at 40 percent. And, he's had all of those double-doubles ... 26, and counting.

They haven't only been double-doubles - the 14-10, 16-11 kind - but the 6-foot-10, 245-pound freshman has made the term old fashion with numbers like 44-13, 40-17, 35-13, 32-24.

Oh yes, he not only gets fouled, and gets himself to the foul stripe, but once there, he connects 77 percent of the time. This year, Beasley shot 46 more free throws than any other Big 12 player, and made 48 more than any other player during the regular season.

Oh yes, since they do count the other numbers these days, Beasley has 53 blocked shots, No. 2 in KSU history for a single year, plus he has 36 assists and 40 steals.

Oh yes, was it mentioned that Beasley had NCAA highs this season with his three 40-point games and 13 30-point games. By NCAA standards, he led the nation in rebounding and was third in scoring. By Big 12 standards, he was tops in scoring, first in rebounds, third in blocked shots, fifth in field goal percentage, sixth in free throw percentage and 13th in steals.

To date, he has set 10 overall single-season KSU records, 14 single-season records for freshmen, and 12 Big 12 single-season marks.

Enough said, Michael Beasley's 2007-08 season goes down as the best in Kansas State history. Boozer's 1958-59 season of 25.6 points and 11.3 rebounds in a 25-2 Wildcat season ranks No. 2 on this all-time list, while Jack Parr's 1956-57 year of 20.6 points and a single-season school record 14.5 rebounds ranks No. 3 in a year when K-State went 15-8.

But even in those storied years, Boozer connected on just 43 percent of his shots, and Parr 47 percent with all of those shots coming from two-point range.

Completing a Top 5 single seasons in K-State history, the vote here goes to Boozer's 1957-58 season, and Steve Henson's 1989-90 season as fourth and fifth best, respectively. Boozer averaged a double-double in 1957-58 with 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds, while Henson scored 17.4 points with 141 assists, and 62 steals during the 1989-90 season.

The next three greatest seasons are:

* Norris Coleman, 1985-86, 21.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 27 blocked shots, 25 steals and 21 assists.

* Mitch Richmond, 1987-88, 22.6, 6.3, 125 assists and 23 steals.

* Willie Murrell, 1963-64, 22.3, 11.1. Debate them if you wish, and please feel free to add others, but these eight seem to separate themselves from so many other marvelous individual seasons in Kansas State history.

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