Marcus Foster, who has long been viewed as Kansas State’s top incoming basketball recruit, received an honor this week that will send him to Manhattan with more hype than the typical three-star prospect.
On Wednesday, the 6-foot-3 guard from Wichita Falls was named Texas 3A Player of the Year by the state’s association of basketball coaches.
He earned the honor by averaging more than 27 points and 11 rebounds as a senior and leading his team in nearly every major statistical category on the way to a playoff run that fell just short of the state finals.
“That’s a big honor to me,” Foster said by phone. “There are a lot of great players in my division, so it’s an honor to know people think I was the best one. I think they saw I was a leader on my team this year. I get my teammates going and I score and rebound the ball well.”
Foster will likely play on the perimeter for K-State next season, but his high school coach, Donald Hedge, said he also has the capabilities to move inside and be effective around the basket. Foster has always been a good three-point shooter (a skill the Wildcats badly need) but he can also slash and post-up defenders.
In some situations, he played center last season.
“Marcus is one of the guys who can do it all,” Hedge said by phone. “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.
“I would say his natural position is point guard, but he shoots the ball so well you can play him on the wing. He is so big and strong you can also play him inside. I would imagine Kansas State’s coaches are going to do some things to get him on the wing. He is so diverse it’s going to be easy to find ways to use him. I would imagine he will play a bunch as a freshman, if not start. He’s that good.”
Foster is hoping to make an impact, but doesn’t have any predictions on playing time. He knows minutes will be available with the departures of Rodney McGruder and Martavious Irving, but simply wants to compete for them like everyone else.
He said he speaks with K-State coach Bruce Weber once a week, and they have discussed ways he can improve before he leaves for K-State in early June.
Foster was impressed with the Wildcats this year. He can’t for next season.
“I think I can fit in well with them,” Foster said. “I like coming off screens and I like playing that tough defense that Coach Weber wants. I think I will be able to make a good impact and be like a secret weapon playing next to Angel (Rodriguez) and Shane (Southwell). They are both really good players. People don’t know who I am yet. Hopefully I can be effective and score while defenses focus more on guys who have already played.”