It’s impossible not to feel happy for Chris Merriewether these days.
Even when the Kansas State senior guard tells you his next few fours are jam-packed with a SAAC (Student-Athlete Association Council) meeting, homework, packing, traveling to Salt Lake City and then practicing with a purpose for the Sweet 16, he makes the busy schedule sound like a weekend at the beach.
For him, the NCAA Tournament is kind of like a tropical vacation. After four hard years of work (and we’re talking hard here, folks) Merriewether is going out with a magic-carpet ride.
To experience that thrill, everything was worthwhile. Winning all those strong-man competitions his coaches put him through, outworking everyone on campus in the weight room, becoming president of SAAC … All of it.
“Every time I walk by people on campus,” he said, “they either act like they know me or tell me something about the Sweet 16. It’s pretty crazy.”