Locker Room Chats | Part 2
While the first "Locker Room Chats" highlighted junior forward D. J. Johnson, senior guard Brian Rohleder and redshirt freshman Jack Karapetyan (you can click here to view that story), today Wildcat fans will learn more about this year's K-State senior class: Thomas Gipson, Nino Williams and Shawn Meyer.
A native of Cedar Hill, Texas, Gipson was looked to as one of K-State's key leaders during the 2013-14 season. On the court, the 6-foot-7 forward led the Wildcats in field goal percentage (56.2), rebounding averaging (6.5 rebounds per game) and double-doubles (four). After the 2013-14 season, he was named honorable mention All-Big 12 and was a co-winner with freshman Marcus Foster of the Rolando Blackman Team Most Valuable Player award. Gipson averaged 11.7 points per game as a junior (second best on the team) and led K-State in scoring on nine occasions.
Williams, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, played in all 33 games during the 2013-14 season and averaged 6.2 points per game, had 15 steals and averaged 3.5 rebounds per game. Though he started 10 games last season, Williams, a 6-foot-5 forward would often enter the game from the bench at crucial times during the 2013-14 season to pick up his team when they needed it most. He led the team in scoring on two occasions and will be looked to as a leader heading into his final season at K-State.
Meyer, a walk-on guard from Kansas City, Missouri, saw action in 13 games last season. A business administration major, Meyer was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in both the spring of 2013 and 2014 and, as one of the team's three seniors, will also be looked to for leadership during the 2014-15 season.
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 Gipson and sophomores Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu, and K-State will also look to Williams and junior D.J. Johnson to also 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 four-star freshman guard Malek Harris from Orland Park, Illinois, and Stephen Hurt, a 6-foot-11 community-college transfer from Northwest Florida Junior College.
K-State Sports Extra highlighted this year's newcomers with features throughout the summer. To view those features, click the below links:
Season tickets for the upcoming men's basketball season are a hot item with bench tickets completely sold out and fewer than 750 cushion and chairback seats remaining for the 17-game home schedule. Mini-plans and the non-conference single-game tickets will go on sale, if available, to Ahearn Fund members and current season ticket holders on Wednesday, Oct. 1, with public sales opening on Monday, Oct. 6.
Single-game tickets for the Big 12 slate will go on sale in early December. For more ticket information, call 1-800-221-CATS, visit the K-State ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum, or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.