Foster Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Sophomore guard Marcus Foster has been named to the 50-player Watch List for the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T, which annually recognizes the top men’s Player of the Year.

The award has been given out annually since 1969 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Foster is the third Wildcat in the last four seasons to receive mention for the Naismith Trophy, joining Jacob Pullen (2010) and Rodney McGruder (2012). Both made the organization’s Top 30 list.

Foster was one of nine Big 12 players selected to the Watch List, including the Kansas trio of Cliff Alexander, Perry Ellis III, and Wayne Selden, Jr., Texas duo Isaiah Taylor and Myles Turner to go along with Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, Iowa State’s Georges Niang and West Virginia’s Juwan Staten.

The accolade is among a number awarded to Foster this far as he was recently selected as one of 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award to go along with being on the Watch List for the Lute Olson Award, which is presented annually to the top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team.

A Preseason All-Big 12 selection, Foster leads K-State in eight categories, including scoring (14.9 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (5), 20-point games (2), field goals (34), 3-point field goals (21) and minutes (28.4 mpg.). He is shooting 44.2 percent (34-of-77) from the field, including 47.7 percent (21-of-44) from 3-point range. He is coming off a stellar freshman campaign, in which, he became the first Wildcat rookie since Michael Beasley in 2008 to earn recognition to one of three All-Big 12 teams, earning second team honors from the league coaches.

Kansas State (4-3) returns to action on Saturday with its second true road game of the young season, as the Wildcats travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to face Tennessee (2-3) in the second annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge presented by Sonic at Thompson-Boiling Arena. Tip is set for 2:15 p.m. CT and will air nationally on ESPN2.