Kansas State men’s basketball had one of its most successful seasons in history in 2018-19. And during Saturday’s football opener, the men’s hoopers will be recognized during the first quarter.
Those who will take part in the on-field recognition include the nine returning members of this year’s squad — Cartier Diarra, James Love III, Makol Mawien, Pierson McAtee, Mike McGuirl, Nigel Shadd, Xavier Sneed, Levi Stockard III and Shaun Williams — along with last season’s star senior trio (Barry Brown, Kamau Stokes and Dean Wade) and head coach Bruce Weber and other members of the coaching staff.
Initially, Stokes wasn’t going to be able to attend. But a spokesperson for the program told The Mercury Wednesday morning that has changed; Stokes is scheduled to arrive in Manhattan Wednesday afternoon.
Brown, Stokes and Wade led K-State to consecutive 25-win seasons for the first time in school history, which included the school’s 21st conference championship, sharing the Big 12 regular-season title last year with eventual national runner-up Texas Tech.
The trio posted an 88-51 (.633) overall record during their four-year careers, appearing in the NCAA Tournament each of the last three seasons. The trio accounted for 4,533 points in their respective careers, which ranks third all-time in Big 12 history and stands as the top mark in K-State’s annals.
Brown has been invited to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ training camp, which begins Oct. 1. He played in seven games with the Timberwolves’ Summer League team, averaging 8.0 points on 40% shooting (20-of-50) with 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.6 minutes per game.
Wade signed a two-way contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers in early July. This will allow him to spend up to 45 days with the Cavaliers during the regular season while playing a majority of the time with their G-League affiliate, the Canton (Ohio) Charge.
Stokes recently signed a contract to play for Polpharma Starogard Gdanski in the Polish Basketball League (Polska Liga Koszykówki), the highest-tier league in Poland. The team is slated to open the season in early October.
K-State went 25-9 overall last season, going 14-4 in conference play to win a share of the regular-season championship. The Wildcats also made it to the NCAA tournament for the 31st time in school history.
Last year was only the seventh 25-win campaign in school history, including the first time K-State accomplished the feat in consecutive seasons. The 14 victories in league play tied the school record held by the 1958-59 and 2012-13 teams.