Dalton Risner eager to put high school behind him, prove himself at Kansas State

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Dalton Risner is a busy man.

In the last week, he competed in two events at the Colorado state high school track meet and he gave a Valedictorian speech at his high school graduation. Next up is a trip with friends to a Luke Bryan concert in Louisiana. Then he moves to Manhattan to begin his Kansas State football career on June 1.

He expects that last stop to be the best of the bunch.

“I am really looking forward to it,” Risner said. “For so long, I have been talking about playing college football. I have been interviewed for a whole year about it. It will be nice to finally play and become a part of the Kansas State family. I am excited to go down there and become part of the team and work hard and prove myself.”

Risner, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, has an interesting story. He lives in the small town of Wiggins, Colo. (population 900) and he had to work to get noticed. His persistence paid off, eventually marketing himself into a coveted recruit with 11 scholarship offers. He comes to K-State as a three-star prospect and the No. 6 rated high school center by Rivals.
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New Kansas State golf coach Grant Robbins says winning championships is his goal

Grant Robbins Grant Robbins said all the standard things when he was formally introduced as the new Kansas State men’s golf coach on Thursday.

He came to K-State from Memphis, his alma mater, in search of a new challenge. His family is excited to move to Manhattan, especially his wife. She is a K-State grad and a Wichita native. He also wants to win championships with the Wildcats.

That’s something most every coach says at his introductory news conference. Everyone aims high. But Robbins is genuinely thinking big. He would never have left Memphis, a school where he spent 11 seasons and reached the NCAA Regionals five times, if he didn’t.

“I was very happy with my previous job,” Robbins said. “I had been there for so long … But this was the perfect fit. I was really happy where I was at, but after sitting down with John (Currie) and seeing what else was going on here it was a very easy decision.”
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Kaleb Prewett ready to play at Kansas State

KalebPrewett The question posed to Kaleb Prewett was simple: Do you want to play free safety or strong safety at Kansas State?

His answer was even simpler.

“I just want to play,” Prewett said. “I could play wide receiver, cornerback, linebacker, defensive end … Anywhere they want.”

Anywhere?

“Yes sir,” Prewett replied. “I am a football player. I just love to play the game. In high school throughout my whole career I played a little bit of everything. I played safety, but I spent some time at defensive end and I came down and stood up and played off the edge. I was a wide receiver. I even threw a touchdown pass. I guess I can play all over.”

That confidence will come in handy for Prewett, especially if the 6-foot-2 Blue Springs senior safety ends up helping the Wildcats on special teams as a freshman next season.

Still, he has higher expectations than that.

“The Kansas State coaches want everyone to come in and compete for a starting spot,” Prewett said. “That is what I am going to do, and that is what I am preparing for physically and mentally. Hopefully I can go in there and play well and win that starting spot.”
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Kansas State will lack quarterback depth, potential 2015 starter without Daniel Sams

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Daniel Sams was unlikely to play significantly at quarterback or wide receiver for Kansas State next season. The uncertainty surrounding his playing time was a major reason why the skilled athlete is transferring.

Still, his departure will have a significant impact on the Wildcats’ roster.

K-State will lack quarterback depth next season, as well as a proven option to lead the wildcat formation. Though Sams switched to receiver during spring practices and appeared in the mix for limited playing time at the position, he likely would have remained the top quarterback behind Jake Waters. And he almost certainly would have taken snaps out of the wildcat formation and been involved with trick plays the way he was last season when he amassed 1,259 yards of total offense and scored 15 touchdowns.

Without Sams, K-State will look to Jesse Ertz and Joe Hubener to provide depth behind Waters. That means an unproven quarterback will be an injury away from the field next season. Ertz, a redshirt freshman, was a standout high school passer in Iowa and he has a big arm. But he didn’t do much in last month’s spring game, completing 9 of 13 passes for 43 yards. Hubener, a sophomore, looked better completing 11 of 16 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. Neither has played in a regular-season game.
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Reports: Former Kansas State standout guard Mitch Richmond makes Hall of Fame

MitchRichmond The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame won’t announce its newest members until the Final Four begins this weekend, but it appears that Mitch Richmond is headed for an official induction.

The former Kansas State standout guard and six-time NBA all-star is headed for the Hall of Fame along with Alonzo Mourning, according to multiple reports.

Word spread quickly on Twitter late Wednesday night, and fans began sending congratulatory messages to Richmond.

Richmond played two seasons at K-State, averaging 20.7 points and six rebounds. Under then coach Lon Kruger, he guided the Wildcats to two NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Elite Eight in 1988. His jersey now hangs from the rafters at Bramlage Coliseum.
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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.
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Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams hints at position change to wide receiver

It is hardly an official announcement, but Daniel Sams is publicly hinting that he has switched positions from quarterback to wide receiver.

Late Thursday night, the Kansas State junior described himself as a “WR for Kansas State” in an updated Twitter bio. He then retweeted someone who pointed out the change.


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Race for second heating up in the Big 12

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As the Big 12 season enters its final week, the most fascinating race is for second.

Kansas State, Iowa State, Texas and Oklahoma are all tied with 10 conference victories. All four teams have two games remaining, and all four teams could finish second as easily as they could finish fifth.

A breakdown:

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Remaining Games:
at Oklahoma State, vs. Baylor.
Why they could finish second: The Wildcats won their last road game and have already beaten Oklahoma State this season. Winning in Stillwater, though difficult, is hardly impossible. And they should be favored against Baylor at home, where they have won 15 straight. K-State also benefits from tie-breakers, by virtue of its victory over Kansas. Texas also beat the Jayhawks, but it is hurt by losing twice to Oklahoma. That could come in handy when its time to seed the Big 12 Tournament.
Why they could finish fifth: Oklahoma State has been on a roll since Marcus Smart returned from his three-game suspension, and K-State is 2-6 on the road. There’s a reason the Cowboys are favored by 8.5 points in Stillwater. Baylor has also been playing well since it downed K-State in Waco. Beating the Bears at Bramlage Coliseum isn’t a given. The Wildcats face arguably the toughest schedule of this four-team group.
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Wesley Iwundu tries to high-five teammates after free throws, even when they aren’t there

Wesley Iwundu has been a popular person on the Internet today.

A video of the Kansas State freshman forward giving high-fives to imaginary teammates (they were all on the other end of the court, because of a flagrant foul) following a made free throw has been making the rounds. You can check it out below.

Iwundu seems to be enjoying the attention. He promoted the video on his twitter account Wednesday. And why not? If you’re going to make a push for ESPN’s “Not Top 10″ Plays of the Week, this is a good (and funny) way to do it.

Kansas State beat Oklahoma with defense last month. Toughness could decide rematch

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Ask Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler what it will take for the Sooners to beat Kansas State on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center, and he doesn’t hesitate with his answer.

“We can’t let them out-physical us,” Spangler said. “We have to be the tougher team.”

That wasn’t the case when K-State defeated Oklahoma 72-66 last month at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats were clearly the tougher team, particularly on defense.

The Sooners sport one of the nation’s top offenses. They average 83 points, with all five of their starters averaging double-figures. But they couldn’t get anything going in Manhattan, outside of Spangler, who had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Shane Southwell and Nino Williams held Cameron Clark to two points and Oklahoma made 33 percent of its shots.

“They do as good a job as anyone defensively,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “It’s hard to simulate, because they are so good at it. But you know what you are getting. They just line up and guard you like crazy. Executing against it is difficult.”
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