July 7, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State men’s basketball players -- Brandon Bolden and Justin Edwards -- will compete on the international stage this summer with the Athletes in Action Tour to Estonia and Latvia, August 1-14.
It marks the second straight summer that a pair of Wildcats has participated in the Athletes in Action Tour as senior Thomas Gipson and sophomore Jevon Thomas played with the squad in the summer of 2013.
The duo will be joined on the AIA trip by Darius Carter (Wichita State), Tre’Shaun Fletcher (Colorado), Landen Lucas (Kansas), Ike Nwamu (Mercer), Royce O’Neale (Baylor), Kendall Smith (UNLV), Brian Sullivan (Davidson) and Ishmael Wainright (Baylor). The team will be coached by Colorado assistant coach Mike Rohn.
Bolden and Edwards will depart on August 1 for Boulder, Colorado, where they will train for four days at the University of Colorado before leaving for Tallinn, Estonia on August 6. The Athletes in Action Tour will consist of six games with four in the capital of Tallinn on August 8-10 and two more in Riga, Latvia on August 12-13.
The competition will be the first for the players in K-State uniforms after sitting out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Bolden transferred to K-State from Georgetown, while Edwards came from Maine.
A 6-foot-4 junior from Whitby, Ontario, Edwards played two seasons (2011-13) at Maine before transferring to K-State last summer. He averaged an America East-best 16.7 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-13 on 43.8 percent shooting en route to earning second team all-conference honors. He led the Black Bears in six categories, including scoring, field goals, field goals attempted, free throws, free throws attempted and steals. In his two-year stint, he averaged 15.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting with 5.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals in 32 minutes per game.
A 6-foot-11 sophomore from Sumter, South Carolina, Bolden played one season (2012-13) at Georgetown before transferring to K-State, also during the summer of 2013. He played in just four games as a true freshman for 2012-13 Hoyas’ squad that finished 25-7 overall record and won a share of the Big East title. As a high school senior, he was rated as the No. 81 overall player, including the 14th-best center prospect, in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com.
The experience will be valuable for Bolden and Edwards after sitting out this past season. They join a Wildcat squad which will return nine lettermen, including five players with starting experience, in 2014-15. The returners are headlined by All-Big 12 Second Team selection Marcus Foster (15.5 ppg., 3.2 rpg.) and honorable mention pick Thomas Gipson (11.7 ppg., 6.5 rpg.). Overall, the team returns more than 70 percent of its scoring and 65 percent of its rebounding.
Season tickets for the 2014-15 season are currently on sale through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office and can be purchased a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at Bramlage Coliseum.