Kansas State Basketball received a little post season love on Sunday. A pair of Wildcats were recognized for their play by the conference coaches.
After one of the best starts in program history, Bruce Weber’s Wildcats had a difficult month of February.
The ‘Cats have bounced back from a 30-point loss at Oklahoma and 4 straight losses before the home fans at Bramlage Coliseum to beat TCU and Texas Tech to wrap up the regular season.
Saturday’s win earned the ‘Cats a #6 seed in this week’s Big 12 tournament.
This says a lot, considering the fact that Kansas State was picked finish 9th in the pre-season poll.
Like him or not, coach Bruce Weber exceeded expectations.
As a result, the Big 12 recognized a pair of Weber’s seniors for their play this season.
Senior guard Wesley Iwundu received All Conference Honors for the second straight season.
He should be proud of his selection to the All Big 12 Third Team. Senior forward D.J. Johnson received Honorable Mention Honors.
The conference coaches make these selections and are not allowed to vote for their own players.
Earlier this season, Iwundu became the first Wildcat in school history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career.
Only Rolando Blackman recorded more in a career. When Blackman played in the late 70s and early 80s they didn’t keep track of stats on steals.
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Iwundu ranks among the Top 20 in several Big 12 categories, including scoring rebounding, free throw percentage, assists.
D.J. Johnson probably deserved something more than simply an honorable mention. Look at what he’s meant to the season’s team. Their February slump could be directly related to his injury on February 6. He’s not 100 percent but his 19 points were huge in Saturday win over Texas Tech.
The ‘Cats may need a win in the Big 12 Tourney over Baylor to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive.