Men’s Basketball To Hold Open Practice Saturday

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Fans will get a chance to see the Kansas State men’s basketball team before it departs on a 10-day trip to Italy and Switzerland, as the squad will hold an open practice on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.  

The event will open to the public at 2 p.m. with the scrimmage set for 2:30 p.m. Fans are asked to enter the arena through the northwest and southwest doors.  

Following the practice, head coach Bruce Weber will address the crowd. The team will also be available for autographs on the concourse for 60 minutes following the scrimmage. Fans are encouraged to bring their own personal item to be signed. The K-State Super Store will also have items for sale on the concourse. Autographs will be limited to one per person.

The Athletics Ticket Office will open at 2 p.m., for fans interested in purchasing season tickets.  A variety of ticket packages are available, including mini-plans. The $250 Big Game mini-plan includes a reserved ticket for all weekend games and the Kansas game, if not scheduled on a weekend. The $50 Pick 5 mini-plan includes five vouchers that can be redeemed for five tickets of your choice, excluding Kansas.

K-State will host 18 home games in Bramlage Coliseum, including nine Big 12 matchups.

The Wildcats will depart on Monday, August 8 and return Friday, August 19 touring the Italian cities of Rome, Siena, Florence, Mestre, Venice, Verona and Lake Como as well as Vatican City before concluding the journey in Montreux, Lausanne and Lake Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to the cultural opportunities the tour will provide, the Wildcats will compete against various club, select and national teams, including LCC International University [August 10], BC Silute [August 11], Italian Select [August 13] the Kosovo National Team [August 16] and BBC Lausanne [August 18].

The NCAA permits teams to make an international trip once every four years and this will be the first by the men’s basketball team since Weber’s inaugural season of 2012 when it played four games in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Overall, this will be the program’s fifth trip outside the country, which includes excursions to Japan in 1981, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden in 1993 and Vancouver, British Columbia in 2004.

The Wildcats will return a veteran roster in 2016-17 with nine returning lettermen, highlighted by All-Big 12 Third Team selection Wesley Iwundu and All-Newcomer honorees Barry Brown and Dean Wade. Overall, the squad returns five of their top six scorers from last season, along with nearly 70 percent of its rebounding, assist, steal and minute totals. Iwundu (11.9 ppg., 4.5 rpg.) is the team’s top returner in scoring, assists and steals, while rising senior D.J. Johnson (9.3 ppg., 5.2 rpg.) is the leader among three returning players (along with Iwundu and Wade) who averaged better than 4 rebounds per contest a season ago.

The squad will also be boosted by the return of a healthy Kamau Stokes, who started 20 of the first 21 games before a knee injury sidelined him for the rest of the year, as well as the continued development of redshirt freshmen Isaiah Maurice and Dante Williams, who measure at 6-foot-10 and 7-foot, respectively.