Jan. 7, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Freshman Marcus Foster collected another weekly honor on Tuesday, as he was selected as the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week in helping Kansas State to a pair of wins over George Washington and No. 6/6 Oklahoma State last week.
Foster was chosen for the weekly honor by CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. This season marks the first time a weekly national freshman of the week will be selected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 25, a standout first-year player will be selected for the honor.
Named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday, Foster averaged 16.0 points on 52.2 percent shooting (12-of-23), including 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from 3-point range, in helping the Wildcats notch RPI Top 25 wins over the Colonials and Cowboys. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.5 blocks in 27.5 minutes per game during the week.
A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Foster began the week with a 15-point effort in helping K-State hand George Washington just its second loss of the season, 72-55, on New Year's Eve. He went a season-best 6-of-10 from the field, including one 3-point field goal, with three rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes. Facing his toughest task to date against preseason Big 12 favorite Oklahoma State, he was again stellar with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-13 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, with a season-high eight rebounds, two assists and block in 32 minutes. He has now led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best seven times this season.
Foster is one of only two players to start every game this season and paces the team in a number of categories, including scoring (14.0 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (12), field goals (65) and 3-point field goals (29), while he is among the Top 5 in rebounding, assists, blocks, steals and minutes. He has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 13 games, including a streak of 10 consecutive games from Nov. 13 to Dec. 21, 2013. He has at least one 3-pointer in 13 consecutive contests.
No. 25 Kansas State (11-3, 1-0 Big 12) returns to the court tonight, as the Wildcats face their first road test of the year at TCU (9-4, 0-1 Big 12). The game will be tip at 7 p.m. CT at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on the Big 12 Network. The team's current nine-game winning streak is the longest of the Bruce Weber era at K-State and the longest since winning 10 in a row during the 2009-10 season. Fans can watch the game locally on KMCI (Kansas City), KMTW (Wichita) and KSNT (Topeka), while it also available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app at http://es.pn/MBK-KSUvsTCU.