Kansas State University

Marcus Foster seeks to gain attention outside K-State’s inner circle

Updated: 2013-11-17T04:56:03Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

— Kansas State’s basketball coaches celebrated when Marcus Foster signed with the Wildcats last fall.

Few others seemed to share their enthusiasm.

Rivals.com didn’t include him in its top 150 database. ESPN.com and Scout.com didn’t offer much praise, either. Not even winning Texas 3A Player of the Year and being chosen a Parade All-American helped him climb up the recruiting rankings after his senior season at Hirschi High School in Wichita Falls.

But that didn’t shake Bruce Weber’s confidence in Foster, a 6-foot-2 guard.

“We were sitting back and laughing when people didn’t have him in the top 100,” Weber said. “We couldn’t figure that out.”

So far, Foster is playing well above the modest expectations national recruiting experts placed on him.

During K-State’s last game, Thursday’s 71-63 victory over Oral Roberts, he led all scorers with 25 points and single-handedly kept the Wildcats in the game by scoring 10 straight points in the first half.

When reminded that some might not have seen that productive outing coming, Foster followed Weber’s lead.

“I had the same feeling he did. I felt like I should have been in the top 100 coming out of high school, but I was always overlooked,” Foster said. “I just sat back and decided that every time I had an opportunity to show people how good I was, I was going to show them how good I was. I just want to keep proving people wrong.”

Foster will get another opportunity at 3 p.m. today when K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum to face Long Beach State. He looked timid in the opener, scoring eight points, and Weber has pointed to that lack of production as a reason why they lost to Northern Colorado.

He looked fearless against Oral Roberts, and Weber credited Foster as the primary reason why they won.

“He is a good player,” Weber said. “There is no doubt about it. We are going to need him to score.”

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett.

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