With guards Rodney McGruder and Martavious Irving set to graduate this spring, two major holes are opening up on K-State’s basketball squad. Hoping to fill one of them is newly crowned Texas 3A Player of the Year Marcus Foster. The 6’2″ shooting guard from Wichita Falls will arrive on campus in June.
Foster enjoyed an incredible senior year that reinforced coach Bruce Weber’s positive attitude towards Foster when he committed to K-State last September. During his final year he averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds while leading his team in nearly every major statistical category. He also took his team deep into the playoffs in a campaign falling just short of the state finals.
Foster’s success means that even though he was recruited as a three star prospect based on his junior year performance, he’ll arrive in Manhattan with the excitement typically afforded more highly recruited players. In addition to bringing an ability to knock down threes, Foster will continue the trend of strong defenders brought onto the Wildcat team. His high school coach noted that Foster occassionally played center on defense his senior year, and that, “Marcus is one of the guys who can do it all… I’ve had him guard 6-8 guys and shut them down. He can post up players, he can shoot the ball like nobody else and he can beat you on the floor.”
Foster chose Kansas State over offers from Creighton, California, Southern Methodist, LeHigh, and Oklahoma. He will likely see playing time while backing up Will Spradling. The quartet of Angel Rodriguez, Spradling, Foster, and Shane Southwell would be a bit small, but could offer an up-tempo playing style that severely stretches opposing defenses with four players capable of knocking down shots from well behind the line.