K-State Q&A: Marvin Clark, Daniel Sams, Marcus Foster, Shane Southwell, Senior Day and postseason projections

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another K-State Q&A.

Let’s go ahead and jump into your questions. Thanks, as always, for asking them.

I think Kansas State, Michigan State and Iowa State all have a good shot at landing Marvin Clark. They seem to be his top three. The three-star small forward from Kansas City, who is currently playing at Sunrise Christian Academy outside Wichita, visited all three and had good things to say after each stop. Clark was originally going to announce his decision on Saturday, but he told me today he will announce his decision “sometime next week.” So he wants to consider all his options. The Wildcats have recruited him the longest, and he has said staying close to home is a priority. He also rushed the floor at Bramlage Coliseum when K-State beat Kansas. None of that can hurt. But Michigan State is a big name, and Fred Hoiberg is a great coach. I’m not sure who to label as the favorite.

I haven’t spoken to anyone from K-State’s coaching staff since signing day, but I’m sure they are fine with Sams publicly hinting that he has changed positions. From what I understand, he has spent more time working out with receivers than quarterbacks since the offseason began. It will be interesting to see how K-State uses him in the spring. Does he split time at both positions? Does he spend all his time at receiver? Is this a trial run? Spring practices start on April 2. We already have something to pay attention to. The two main options behind Waters are Joe Hubener and Jesse Ertz. Sams and Waters both had good things to say about Hubener last year. Ertz was highly regarded coming out of high school in Iowa.

1. I’m not expecting anything spectacular from Southwell. He is in an extended slump and Nino Williams lit up Baylor in Waco.
2. Some students will choose day drinking over the basketball game, but the overall crowd should be fine. K-State hosted Iowa State on Fake Patty’s a few years back and the crowd was fine.
3. K-State beats Baylor 71-65 to go undefeated at home during Big 12 play for the first time.

Yeah, Marcus Foster probably ends up on the second team this year. If he keeps improving, there’s no reason why he can’t make the first team as early as next year. If that happens, he would be a contender for Big 12 Player of the Year as a junior. Then, hypothetically, he could have a choice between turning pro or returning as a senior. I’d set the over/under at 1.5.

I’m not sure road issues will be a problem. K-State will have fans in Kansas City. The NCAA Tournament should feel neutral. Right now, K-State appears destined for the 4/5 game in the Big 12 Tournament, so it will likely face Iowa State in the quarterfinals. That’s a difficult opening game. Even if you win it, Kansas is waiting in the semifinals, though it’s possible Oklahoma State or Baylor could knock off the Jayhawks. For now, K-State also appears destined for the 8/9 game in the NCAA Tournament. Same dilemma: win, and your reward is a game against a top seed. That’s tough. The Wildcats are capable of reaching the final game in Kansas City and getting to the Sweet 16 in the Big Dance. College basketball is more competitive than ever. Darkhorse teams make tournament runs every year. But they could just as easily lose their first game in both tournaments. You never know.

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