Daily Archives: April 25, 2013

Tanner Lancona to visit K-State

Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber’s search for a big man to add to the Wildcats’ 2013 recruiting class recently took him to California, where he talked with 6-foot-9 power forward Tanner Lancona for more than one hour during an in-school visit.

The chat apparently left an impression on Lancona. His father, Sean, says K-State is now one of four schools Lancona is considering. Lancona will take an official visit to K-State next weekend (May 3-5).

He is also considering St. Louis, which he will visit this weekend, along with Colorado State and BYU.

Here is Lancona’s recruiting profile at ESPN.com. Here is one of his highlight videos. The Tesoro High School big man originally signed with Washington State, but the school released him from his National Letter of Intent last month for what was classified as a “mutual decision.” Lancona’s father said college coaches have been calling him non stop since.

Lancona averaged 19 points and eight rebounds as a high school senior. He has the ability to score inside and shoot from the perimeter.

K-State could use another post player after the transfer of Adrian Diaz. Thomas Gipson, D.J. Johnson and newcomer Neville Fincher are the only big men currently on the roster.

Photo Blog: Construction at Snyder Family Stadium progressing ahead of schedule

Construction at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is ahead of schedule, and you can already see the progress that has been made on the new football press box.

Kansas State athletic director John Currie took a handful of media members on a tour of the stadium, which is currently undergoing a $75 million renovation. When construction is complete, K-State will have a state-of-the-art press box that spans the length of the football field and offers fans added club-level seating, suites, wider concourses, larger restrooms and much more space to meet and move around during games.

I took photos from every level and angle of the new structure, but before we get to them here are a few noteworthy items about the stadium construction:

– Construction costs will exceed the original $75 million price tag, Currie said, because of the rising cost of steel and K-State’s desire to add a few extras onto the project during construction.

– Every area of the renovation will be ready for use in time for the season-opener on August 30. But student athletes won’t be able to use the new training table, where many athletes eat dinner, on a full-time basis until January.

– Only 150 club-level seats remain available for the upcoming season. Currie said those sales are well ahead of projections.

– The stadium’s new lighting system will be twice as bright as it was last season.

– K-State will need to hire several new workers to help maintain the press box after it is completed. Currie is expecting the athletic department’s staff to rise from about 130 to 150.

Now, on to more pictures:
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