Foster Named Preseason Wooden Candidate

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Sophomore guard Marcus Foster was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Monday.

The Wooden list, which reflects the early frontrunners for one of college basketball’s Premier Player of the Year awards, is based on last year’s individual performance and team records. Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel during the season will be evaluated and considered for December’s Midseason list with the official voting ballot released in March.

Foster becomes the third Wildcat in the last four seasons to be selected as a preseason Top 50 candidate for the Wooden Award, joining Jacob Pullen (2010) and Rodney McGruder (2012). He was one of 10 Big 12 players selected to the list, which includes the Kansas quartet of Cliff Alexander, Perry Ellis III, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Wayne Selden, Jr. as well as Texas duo Isaiah Taylor and Myles Turner, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, Iowa State’s Georges Niang and West Virginia’s Juwan Staten.

Foster was also recently selected to the Lute Olson Award Watch List, which is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. He was one of four Big 12 players named to the list, along with Ellis, Hield and Staten.

A Preseason All-Big 12 selection, Foster looks to build on a sensational freshman season, in which, he led K-State in eight categories, including scoring (15.5 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (27), 20-point games (eight), field goals (177), 3-point field goals (79) and free throw percentage (73.4). He joined Michael Beasley as the only true freshmen in school history to earn recognition to one of three All-Big 12 teams, earning second team honors from the league coaches.

Foster was one of six players to score in double figures in K-State’s season-opening 98-68 win over Southern Utah on Nov. 14, as he registered 13 points on 3-of-4 field goals, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range, to go with 5-of-6 effort from the free throw line in just 19 minutes. It marked his 28th career double-digit scoring game.

The Wildcats return to the court tonight, as they play host to UMKC (1-0, 0-0 WAC) in the Opening Game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at 7 p.m. from Bramlage Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Midwest.