Kansas State has put together some nice teams over the last 10 seasons, having reached the NCAA Tournament in the last four and winning the Big 12 in 2012-13.
But what if you and two friends drafted three eight-member teams using players from those 10 seasons as a pool? Those would be even better, and we bet there might be some discussion as to who drafted the best team.
So that’s what we’re doing leading up to the start of the Big 12 and SEC tournaments.
With some help from fans, Kellis Robinett, our K-State writer, has drafted three teams using only Wildcats from the last 10 years.We did KU’s team on Monday and MU’s on Tuesday
Today, we are asking you, Wildcats fans, to vote for the one you think would be the best.Mobile users, please click here to vote.
Feel free to have at it in the comments, but keep things civil.
Hat tip to Brian Bechard
, whose Twitter post gave us the idea to expand this out to other schools.K-State team one
|F||Michael Beasley (2007-08)||6-9||26.2|
|F||Jamar Samuels (2008-12)||6-7||9.5|
|F||David Hoskins (2005-07)||6-5||13.9|
|G||Marcus Foster (2013-)||6-2||15.4|
|G||Denis Clemente (2008-10)||6-1||15.8|
|Bench||Shane Southwell (2010-)||6-7||5.7|
|Bench||Will Spradling (2010-)||6-2||7.7|
|Bench||Luis Colon (2006-10)||6-10||2.7|
This would be a fun team to watch. The best freshman from the Frank Martin era teams up with the best freshman from the Bruce Weber era, and Denis Clemente is in charge of getting them the ball. At the least, they would score a lot of points. Michael Beasley, surprisingly not the first selection in this three-team draft, averaged a whopping 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds during his lone season with K-State. Marcus Foster is K-State’s current top scorer, averaging 15.4 points. Combine them with Clemente, a gifted point guard who helped the Wildcats reach the Elite Eight in 2010, and you have one impressive trio. Even David Hoskins averaged 14.5 points as a junior. The rest of the roster is made up of role players. Will Spradling could be an ideal option off the bench, Jamar Samuels and Shane Southwell are interesting wild cards and Luis Colon offers size. Depth, inside, could be an issue.K-State team two
|F||Curtis Kelly (2009-11)||6-8||11.1|
|F||Jeremiah Massey (2003-05)||6-7||16.3|
|F||Bill Walker (2006-08)||6-6||15.3|
|G||Jacob Pullen (2007-11)||6-0||15.8|
|G||Angel Rodriguez (2011-13)||5-11||9.8|
|Bench||Martavious Irving (2009-13)||6-1||4.1|
|Bench||Lance Harris (2003-07)||6-5||8.6|
|Bench||Dominique Sutton (2007-10)||6-5||6.5|
So if Beasley wasn’t the first player taken, who was? The answer can be found on this team: Jacob Pullen. The leading scorer in K-State history anchors this versatile lineup. He would be asked to carry the scoring load the same way he did as an upperclassman, taking the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in 2010 and the round of 32 in 2008 and 2011. But he wouldn’t have to do it all by himself, as he did during a 2011 victory over Kansas in which he scored 38 points. Bill Walker averaged 16.1 points as a freshman and Jeremiah Massey was one of the top players from the Jim Wooldridge era. Pullen and Angel Rodriguez would also form a dynamic backcourt. Curtis Kelly was terrific inside when he wanted to be, but his career was hurt by consistency problems. A bench of three perimeter players could be troublesome, but Dominique Sutton was a dominant defender.K-State team three
|F||Jordan Henriquez (2009-10)||7-0||8.5|
|F||Cartier Martin (2003-07)||6-7||13.8|
|F||Clent Stewart (2004-08)||6-4||5.8|
|G||Tim Ellis (2002-04)||6-4||11.6|
|G||Rodney McGruder (2009-13)||6-4||11.7|
|Bench||Thomas Gipson (2011-)||6-7||8.8|
|Bench||Fred Peete (2004-05)||6-4||13.0|
|Bench||Blake Young (2006-08)||6-2||5.6|
Want mixture of players from the Jim Wooldridge, Bob Huggins, Frank Martin and Bruce Weber eras? This team has it all. Cartier Martin shined for Wooldridge and Huggins. Rodney McGruder, Jordan Henriquez and Thomas Gipson won games for Martin and Weber. Clent Stewart played for everyone other than Weber. The result is a unique blend of talent. McGruder and Martin were two of the best wing players to ever play at K-State. Both could knock effortlessly knock down threes and attack the rim. The offense would run through them. Henriquez is the program’s leader in blocked shots, so this team would play some defense. Thomas Gipson would add valuable minutes inside as either a starter or a bench option, while Fred Peete and Blake Young provide depth.