Daily Archives: Jan. 14, 2011

A few minutes with … Shane Southwell

One of the most promising freshmen on Kansas State’s basketball team is Shane Southwell. The New York native is a 6-foot-6 guard capable of playing point guard, shooting guard and small forward.

He has contributed little thus far — he’s averaging 0.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 4.4 minutes per game. And Wildcats coach Frank Martin says he is still learning what it takes to practice and prepare for games at the college level.

But he is working his way up the depth chart.

“He’s having the best week of practice since he’s been here,” said assistant coach Brad Underwood. “That helps a young kid … Shane’s game, in terms of his ability to handle it and to pass it, is ahead of where it is defensively. He’s catching up and he’s getting better.

Big things are still expected out of him.

“He’s got a chance, in my opinion, to be an elite-level defender,” Underwood said. “He has great length and understands the game. It’s just a matter of him becoming more consistent. He’s going to have a bright future here. He has some tools that you just don’t coach.”
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