July 12, 2013
This feature appeared in the July 12 edition of the K-State Sports Extra.
Early Bird Deadline for 2013-14 season tickets is July 12
By Mark Janssen
The life of a recruiter is never done.
K-State head coach Bruce Weber and his coaching staff hit the road on Wednesday, and over the next two weeks will make stops at AAU tournaments in Indiana, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Nevada, Florida and Washington, D.C.
“We’re looking for 2014, but you’re also looking for any kid who you think will be a player in the years to come,” said Weber. “It’s a two week period that you’re in a gym from 8 in the morning until 10 or 11 at night. If you’re not in a car going to a gym, then you’re in the gym.”
It was Bob Huggins who jump-started the Kansas State hoop program back in 2006 with the signing of AAU mega-stars Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, with the AAU-to-K-State trail continuing through the years with the likes of Jacob Pullen, Jamar Samuels and Rodney McGruder.
“The AAU program is good if kept in perspective,” said Weber. “It’s good because of the competition and kids become more worldly with all the traveling that they do. Kids aren’t as intimidated when they get on a college campus because of all the places they’ve been.”
But, Weber says there’s also a negative side.
“Kids are playing too many games and not taking time to work on fundamentals. That’s the biggest problem with summer basketball. There’s not enough skill development, and there’s little emphasis put on winning because there’s always another tournament to play in the next week.”
NEW RULES: The NCAA adopted new rules for the 2013-14 season:
• Officials will be allowed to go to the monitor during the last two minutes of a game and in overtime.
“We want to do what it takes to get the call right,” said Weber. “If that adds an extra 30 seconds or a couple minutes to the game it’s worth it to get the call right. You never know when that one call can make or break your season.”
• The elbow rule will now give the official option to go to the monitor to determine whether an elbowing foul was a flagrant foul 1, flagrant foul 2, or player control foul.
“That’s such a hard call,” said Weber. “A couple years ago officials went overboard on making that call, so I hope this compromise can help in making the right call, or overturning a bad call.”
• The block/charge call has been changed to where the defensive player cannot move into the space once the offensive player has started his upward motion with the ball. In the past, the official had to judge if the defender was in front of the offensive player with his two feet down and facing the offensive player.
“We should be more like the NBA in not making the call so quickly,” said Weber. “The official making the call should raise his hand that there’s a call, but then ask for help if necessary before making the actual call.”
WEBER ON SCHEDULING: Kansas State announced its 13-game non-conference schedule earlier this month, which will include nine home dates.
Included will be a date with Ole Miss at the Big 12-SEC Challenge, plus home games against Pittsburg State (exhibition), Northern Colorado, Oral Roberts, Long Beach State, Central Arkansas, South Dakota, Troy and George Washington.
The Wildcats will also play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in a field that includes Charlotte, Florida State, Georgetown, Long Beach State, Michigan, Northeastern and VCU, plus Gonzaga at Wichita and Tulane in Brooklyn, N.Y. at the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival.
“It’s a challenging lineup,” said Weber. “The event in Puerto Rico will have some of the best teams in the country, plus we have some pretty good home games with Long Beach State, Ole Miss and George Washington.”
Weber said K-State looked at playing a game in Kansas City’s Sprint Center along with the date in Wichita against Gonzaga, but explained, “With such a young team we just thought it best not to do that this year. But in the future we’d like to get a game in Kansas City every year and in Wichita every other year. But we want what’s best for this year’s team.”
Highlighting the 2014-15 schedule will be the Maui Invitational in Hawaii.
Fans can purchase season tickets for the 2013-14 season in a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at the Athletics Ticket Office located in Bramlage Coliseum.
2013-14 KANSAS STATE SCHEDULE
Nov. 1 PITTSBURG STATE (exhibition)
Nov. 8 NORTHERN COLORADO
Nov. 13 ORAL ROBERTS
Nov. 17 LONG BEACH STATE
Nov. 21-24 at Puerto Rico Tip-Off (3 games)
Dec. 1 CENTRAL ARKANSAS
Dec. 5 BIG 12-SEC CHALLENGE vs. OLE MISS
Dec. 10 SOUTH DAKOTA
Dec. 15 TROY
Dec. 21 Gonzaga at Wichita’s INTRUST Bank Arena
Dec. 28 Tulane at Brooklyn N.Y.’s Barclays Center
Dec. 31 GEORGE WASHINGTON