Walker, Beasley Say They're In No Hurry

Moments after Saturday's season-ending loss to Wisconsin, the questions came fast and from all directions. 'Michael Beasley, are you coming back?' And, 'Bill Walker, will you return?' The most recent mock drafts have Beasley as the unanimous No. 1 pick, while Walker, in most polls, is an early second-round candidate. Special Thanks to Mark Janssen and the Manhattan Mercury for this story.

As Michael Beasley strolled in the strides of a 6-foot-10, 245-pound man from the media interview room back to the Kansas State locker room, he said, "It's just 10 minutes after my last game this season. I haven't even thought about it."

Bill Walker sat slumped in the Qwest Center locker room where he said in a loud whisper, "I'm still a K-State Wildcat. I haven't thought about the future."

That was their story, and no matter how many times, or how many ways they were asked, the answers were the same.

"I'm still a college student," said Beasley. "For me to tell you that I'm going to declare for the draft at this time shows I wasn't really here for my team. I just haven't thought about the NBA."

And Walker, "I'm going to take a couple weeks, but right now, I'm still here." The two had just finished their final game of their freshman season. It was a 72-55 loss to Wisconsin in the second-round of the NCAA Midwest Regional ending the Wildcats' year at 21-12.

Beasley finished with his 28th double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Walker added 18 points and six boards.

Together, they are the highest scoring tandem in Kansas State history at 42.2 points per game - Beasley at 26.2, Walker at 16.0.

Beasley's 866 points is second-most in NCAA history by a freshman; his 408 rebounds also ranks second.

"Those two kids have been tremendous," said K-State coach Frank Martin, adding that Beasley carried a 3.16 GPA first semester and Walker a 2.9. "They're opposite personalities, yet they both have an unbelievable fire that burns inside of them to succeed."

As for their future, Martin was in the same mode as his players: "We haven't talked. We'll meet when the season is over and have a conversation. Mike needs time to meet with his people and family. When that decision is made, people will find out. They haven't wanted to talk about it. They've been focused on winning games."

Martin said he would meet with his team on Monday, followed by individual meetings throughout the week.

Players have the option of declaring for the June 26 draft by April 26, attend team tryouts, and then having the option to pull their name out of the draft by June 16 if not satisfied with there they might be selected. The only stipulation is that they can not have signed with an agent.

In three major NBA draft web sites, Beasley is the projected No. 1 selection. Walker's highest ranking is an early second-round selection, which is slightly down from the week before the Big 12 Tournament.

So, what would Walker do if he were the one projected to go No. 1?

"If he comes back, people will say he is stupid," Walker said. "If he leaves, other people will have a different opinion. We're having fun. It's a difficult decision. You never know."

On Friday, Beasley was asked about the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the concept of players having to stay in college two years, instead of one.

To such a thought, Beasley said, "If you're ready, you're ready. LeBron James, for instance, was ready. He's in the NBA doing what he does.

"I think the four or five best players in the NBA are all out of high school. It's just a matter of when you're ready."

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