Shaun Williams won’t play for the foreseeable future. Williams, a sophomore guard on Kansas State’s men’s basketball team, is suspended, head coach Bruce Weber announced following Friday’s 86-49 exhibition win over Emporia State at Bramlage Coliseum.
“Right now, he’s suspended,” Weber said. “We’ll see how things go until ... I feel like he deserves to get back in there. But he’s got to have a great attitude and we’ll progress as it goes along.”
Weber wouldn’t give specifics on when Williams might be able to rejoin the team. But if and when he does, Weber said Williams “won’t play right away, I can tell you that.” Weber confirmed that meant the suspension would last through Wednesday, when K-State hosts Washburn University in its second (and final) exhibition of the preseason.
“We’ll see how things go after that,” Weber said.
Williams was a reserve guard on last season’s team, which shared the Big 12 regular-season title with Texas Tech.
He averaged 7.1 minutes per game, increasing to 9.1 minutes per contest once Big 12 play began. Williams tallied 1.4 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists per game last season. With the departures of seniors Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes in the back court, Williams was expected to take on a larger role for the Wildcats this season.
That’s on hold for now.
Weber wants Williams to use the suspension as a wake-up call.
“It’s a challenge to him to stay focused and do what he needs to do to get better, because we still can use him. He’s talented,” Weber said. “It’s a shame, but you’ve got to do what you’re supposed to do off the court. Hopefully he’ll grow and learn from that.”