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Stewart: Once a 'Cat Always a 'Cat

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Like so many who have come before him, Clent Stewart continues to carry the motto: Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.

"I try to watch them as much as I can," said the former Wildcat guard during a recent visit to the K-State campus. "If not on television, I definitely know when they're playing and I'll check the box score the next day. I know they didn't have some games that went like they wanted early, but that time of year is all about continued growth and getting ready for the postseason."

A native of Tulsa, Okla., Stewart is currently working for Conoco Phillips in Bartlesville, Okla., as an application analyst.

It's a near perfect world for the former Wildcat, who played from the 2004-05 season through the 2007-08 campaign with a career average of 5.8 points per game in his 121 K-State games.

"I love my job, plus I'm helping out on the coaching staff as a volunteer at Bartlesville High School, plus coaching a team during the summer in the AAU circuit," said Stewart. "The high school is a 6A school, so it's the highest class in the state and pretty good competition."

Stewart says he's coaching much like he was coached under Frank Martin. That's stressing hard work every day.

"It doesn't matter if you had a good day or a bad day, you can always work hard," said Stewart. "That's what I'm trying to do with my real job ... work hard and work until the job is done. It's the same with basketball."

Laughing, Stewart added, "I can't quite get Frank's stare down, but I'm stressing all the things I learned from him as a player."

While a full-time analyst, and a part-time coach, Stewart says he's getting his competitive fix by playing at least twice a week.

"I play with Chris (Merriewether, another ex-Wildcat working for Conoco Phillips), plus there are several other guys who work here who played college basketball, so it gets fairly competitive," said Stewart. "I think that's the thing every player misses when his college career is over - all the travel and playing a competitive sport that you love."

Stewart admitted to enjoying his bragging rights last season when the Wildcats made a run to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight round and won a school record 29 games.

"That was fun," said Stewart. "I hope the same thing happens this year and the team is able to go a little farther."

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