Frank Martin has lifted the suspension of junior center Jordan Henriquez, the Kansas State head coach said Tuesday morning. The 7-footer, who was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team last week, will practice with the team today and is likely to travel with the squad to Texas Tech tomorrow.
“After practice today, he and I are visiting one more time,” Martin said. “We had two tremendous visits yesterday afternoon and last night. JO is a big-time kid, and he’s one of my all-time favorites.
“I think those four or five days away has made him understand all the good he’s done and how important it is for him to focus in on the stuff that he was doing for this school, this program and this community.
“He’s been on the Big 12 President’s Honor Roll five consecutive semesters before last semester. He’s done a lot of good here. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. I’m a big fan of his.”
Henriquez, who leads the Wildcats with 39 blocks, missed Saturday’s game at Oklahoma State. Martin said the suspension was needed to get Henriquez to refocus, but also said it was a difficult move because of the type of person Henriquez is.
“I’ve suspended two players in 27 years,” he said. “It’s not what I do, but I needed to get his attention. I’ve never had problems with him. But no different than my kids, it’s my job to get them to see what’s in front of them at all times.
“When my kids don’t behave I take away their toys. Jordan lost sight of what he needed to do and I had to do something to get his attention.”