When discussing the six newest members of Kansas State’s basketball team, Frank Martin uses one word more than any other: Athleticism.
“The one thing with our team last year was that we weren’t as athletic as we needed to be,” Martin said. “But with these guys, we just got a lot more athletic.”
Junior college transfer Jeremy Jones and Division I transfers (by way of JUCO) James Watson and Omari Lawrence appear to be the most agile of the group, but Martin also sees explosiveness in freshmen Angel Rodriguez, Adrian Diaz and Thomas Gipson.
All bring something unique to the court.
“Omari, James and Jeremy, they’re all older and as you get older you get stronger and you get exposed to basketball,” Martin said. “All three of those guys are very athletic and should help us. Then you look at those young (freshmen) they all bring a certain level of athleticism that I think is going to help them continue to grow and get better.”
Here’s a rundown of what Martin likes about all six newcomers.