The rookies to the 2008-09 Kansas State basketball team don't have quite the pizzazz as ... oh, say a guy like Michael Beasley brought to the Wildcat Nation last year, but several new 'Cats are being counted on.
Clemente worked with last year's K-State team after transferring from the University of Miami where he averaged 9.8 points on 43 percent shooting in 2006-07.
"Both have tremendous experience playing a difficult position at a high level," said K-State coach Frank Martin of Clemente and Pullen. "They are both high-octane guys and both are very good offensive players."
Of Clemente, Martin said, "He's as fast as I've ever seen with a basketball. He gets from A to B in a hurry."
And yes, Martin said Wildcat fans will see both dynamos on the floor at the same time: "Absolutely. If they're willing to defend, they can play together. The rule is simple around here. If you don't defend, you don't play."
At off-guard, Buchi Awaji, a 6-3 transfer from California's Citrus College, ranked as the No. 32 player in the juco ranks last year after scoring 1,021 points during a two-year career.
Awaji first attended Florida International for one redshirt season after his graduation from Loyola High School in Los Angeles.
"He has a 40-inch vertical, which is highest on the team," Martin said. "He's an older guy who understands the game. He doesn't play like a young kid. He plays under control and understands what's coming at him."
Inside, 6-8 Jamar Samuels and 6-10 Abdul Herrera are being counted on to contribute. Samuels, a native of Washington D.C., arrived at K-State last December from The Patterson (Prep) School in North Carolina, where he averaged 22 points and nine rebounds per game.
"He plays like a junk yard dog," Martin said. "He competes at such a high, high level. He's added about 30 pounds and he just battles to chase the ball down. He's just a highly competitive young man."
At the center, Herrera, a native of Miami, Fla., is making the move from Hutchinson Community College where he averaged 6.3 points per game.
K-State's first showing will be Sunday, Nov. 9, when it hosts Washburn in an exhibition game.