Xavier Sneed will return for one final go-round at Kansas State.
Sneed, a rising senior guard on K-State’s men’s basketball team, withdrew his name from the NBA draft Wednesday.
“After much consideration, my family and I feel that it is in my best interest to return to Kansas State University to complete my undergraduate degree and continue my basketball development program,” Sneed said in a release.
A St. Louis native, Sneed will begin his last season at K-State 29th on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,008 points) in 105 career games, including 72 starts. He already ranks among the Wildcats’ top 10 all-time in 3-point field goals made (157) and attempted (457) and steals (137). He also needs just 40 rebounds to reach 500 in his college career; in doing so, he would become only the 15th player in K-State history with 1,000-plus points and 500-plus rebounds.
Of greater import for next season’s Wildcats is that Sneed will be the team’s leading returner in both points (10.6) and rebounds (5.5) per game.
“Obviously we are thrilled to know that Xavier will be part of our basketball program for his senior season,” K-State head coach Bruce Weber said. “He has the ability to be not only the best swing man in the Big 12, but also in the nation. There is no doubt that he will be our team leader.
“From my conversations with him, I believe the NBA experience has been a valuable one for him. We have received positive feedback from several NBA scouts about his upside and his future. I know that he will use these experiences to help motivate himself to continue his development as a player, have a special senior season and leave a positive legacy in our program. I also know that his family will be excited and proud to have him finish his business degree at K-State.”
In addition to the 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds, Sneed also dished out 1.9 assists and swiped 1.4 steals per game last season; he ranked among the top four on the team in all four categories. Thanks to those efforts, Sneed earned an All-Big 12 honorable mention accolade. He made 39.6% (118-of-298) of his shot attempts, including 34.6% (54-of-156) from beyond the 3-point line. He recorded 18 double-figure scoring performances, with a high of 19 in victories against West Virginia and TCU.
During K-State’s Elite Eight season in 2017-18, Sneed averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game, starting all 37 contests the Wildcats played. He upped his level in K-State’s two regional games in Atlanta, averaging 19 points and 7.5 rebounds in games against No. 18 Kentucky and Loyola Chicago in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, respectively.
Sneed has been part of K-State’s back-to-back 25-win seasons the past two years, marking the first time in school history the team accomplished that feat. The Wildcats went 25-9 record overall last season and claimed a share of the Big 12 regular-season title with national runner-up Texas Tech.
Aside from Sneed, K-State is expected to bring back eight lettermen next season from a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in as many years.
The Wildcats also return senior Makol Mawien (7.0 ppg., 4.9 rpg.), rising juniors Cartier Diarra (6.8 ppg., 3.3 rpg.), Mike McGuirl (3.6 ppg., 1.5 rpg.) and Levi Stockard III (1.8 ppg., 1.5 rpg.) and welcome a four-member signing class: high schoolers Antonio Gordon, DaJuan Gordon (no relation) and Montavious Murphy along with junior college All-American David Sloan.