Locker Room Chats | Part 1
Today, Wildcat fans will learn more about junior forward D.J. Johnson, senior guard Brian Rohleder and redshirt freshman forward Jack Karapetyan.
Johnson, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is coming off of a 2013-14 season where he played in 32 of the Wildcats' 33 games and had 17 blocks, averaged 3.5 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game. A team representative for the K-State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Johnson is a member of the elite leadership group and serves as a connection between his team and both the K-State Athletics administration staff and the K-State community.
Rohleder, a native of Wichita, Kansas, will enter the 2014 season as a key team leader both on and off the court. Wildcat head coach Bruce Weber has often said Rohleder is among the team's hardest workers, and not only does Rohleder represent K-State men's basketball through SAAC, but he has also spent the past two years representing the entire Wildcat student-athlete body as the SAAC president. Majoring in mechanical engineering, Rohleder has been a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in each of his past three seasons with K-State.
Karapetyan came to Manhattan, Kansas, from Los Angeles, California, and, though injury set him back last year, he is excited and ready to be back on the court with his team this season. A business administration major at K-State, a key reason in Karapetyan's decision to come to the Little Apple from the fast-paced city lifestyle he was used to was so he would be able to better focus in the classroom as well as on the basketball court.
The 2014-15 Wildcat basketball season tips off in Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 11, with an exhibition game against Washburn University followed by a matchup with Southern Utah on Nov. 14. For the full 2014-15 season schedule, click here.
The Wildcats return three starters from the 2013-14 season in senior Thomas Gipson and sophomores Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu, and K-State will also look to senior Nino Williams and junior D.J. Johnson to make an impact.
While this year's group of returners boasts plenty of talent, the 2014-15 newcomers will also bring intensity to the court. Both transferring in to the program before the 2013-14 season, junior Justin Edwards and sophomore Brandon Bolden spent last year on the sidelines as redshirts, but, now polished and prepared to represent K-State, the two are ready for their debuts as Wildcats.
New faces fans should keep and eye on during the 2014-15 season are three-star freshman guard Malek Harris from Orland Park, Illinois, and community-college transfer (Northwest Florida Junior College) 6-foot-11 forward Stephen Hurt.
K-State Sports Extra highlighted this year's newcomers with features throughout the summer. To view those features, click the below links:
Men's basketball tickets for the upcoming 2014-15 season are available now for purchase. For more ticket information, call 1-800-221-CATS, visit the K-State ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum, or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
K-State Volleyball (6-1) defeated the Missouri State Bears, 3-2 (25-16, 25-21, 17-25, 16-25, 15-12), last night in Ahearn Field House. For the complete story and stats, click here.
After an outstanding performance in the Varney's Invitational this past weekend where she was named the tournament MVP, K-State volleyball freshman Kylee Zumach was named the Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week for the period ending September 7.
After accumulating 377 total yards - including a career-best 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns - in a 32-28 victory at Iowa State last Saturday, Kansas State senior quarterback Jake Waters earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday...for more on this story, click here.