May 20, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State incoming freshman Marcus Foster (Wichita Falls, Texas/Hirschi) was among 40 high school seniors named to the 2013 PARADE All-America Boys Basketball Team on Sunday.
A 6-foot-3, 195-pound shooting guard from Wichita Falls, Texas, Foster averaged a double-double as a senior in helping Hirschi High School to a 22-8 overall record and a trip to the Class 3A Region I title game in 2012-13. He was named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) 3A Player of the Year and was a Class 3A All-Region I selection. For the season, he averaged 27.1 points on 58.6 percent shooting (235-of-401) with 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. He was one of just three players from the state of Texas selected as a PARADE All-American.
Foster led Hirschi in nearly every statistical category as a senior, including scoring, field goals, field goals attempted, 3-point field goals, free throws, free throws attempted, blocked shots and rebounding. He scored in double figures in all 30 games, including scoring 30 or more points on 12 occasions, while he registered 22 double-doubles. He posted a season-high 39 points against Bowie on Dec. 15, 2012 on 16-of-28 field goals, including a season-high six 3-point field goals. He grabbed a season-best 18 rebounds (including 16 defensive rebounds) against Faith Christian on Feb. 16, 2013.
Foster and fellow incoming freshmen Wesley Iwundu (Houston, Texas/Westfield) both earned invitations to their respective Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-Star Games in San Antonio on May 17. Foster scored 25 points in helping his squad to a victory in 1A-2A-3A All-Star game, while Iwundu tallied 20 points in a loss in the 4A-5A-Private School All-Star game. A 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward, Iwundu also enjoyed a stellar senior season in 2012-13, averaging 16.3 points en route to earning Class 5A All-State honors from the TABC. He led Westfield High School in Houston, Texas to a 31-7 overall record and a trip to the Class 5A Region 2 semifinals.
Foster and Iwundu will be among seven newcomers for the Wildcats in 2013-14, including fellow freshmen Neville Fincher (Teaneck, N.J./Hargrave Military Academy), , Nigel Johnson (Ashburn, Va./Riverdale Baptist School)and Jevon Thomas (Queens, N.Y./St. John’s [Wis.] Northwest Military Academy). The team also added a pair of Division I transfers in sophomore forward Brandon Bolden (Sumter, S.C./Quality Education (N.C.) Academy/Georgetown University) and junior guard Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson CVI/University of Maine), who must sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Led by 2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year Bruce Weber, Kansas State enjoyed one of its best men’s basketball seasons in 2012-13, posting a 27-8 overall record and 14-4 mark in league play en route to its first-ever Big 12 regular season championship and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 27 wins were the second-most in school history, while the 14 in league play tied the school record held by the 1958-59 team. The league championship was the 18th in school history and the first since the 1976-77 season.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 season go on sale Monday, June 24 online at www.kstatesports.com or by calling the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221.CATS. Fans interested in being contacted with additional information when season tickets are available may join the season ticket waiting list by calling the ticket office before the on-sale date.
The Wildcats will return eight lettermen in 2013-14, including two starters, highlighted by All-Big 12 honorable mention honoree Shane Southwell.