Marcus Foster, Jeff Mullahey

Kansas State’s leading scorer, 6-foot-2 Marcus Foster, was a center in HS?

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The college hoops season has been centered around talk of freshmen.

Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Tyler Ennis.

The list goes on, and while all six of those guys have been, at times, both impressive and aggravating, it goes without saying that they are far from the only noteworthy freshmen in the country.

One guy that hasn’t gotten nearly enough publicity is Kansas State shooting guard Marcus Foster. A three-star recruit coming out of high school, Foster has exploded on the Big 12 scene, averaging a team-high 14.1 points while helping carry the Wildcats from the doldrums of a loss to Northern Colorado to kick off the season to the top 25 as of today.

Today, Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle published a feature on Foster that gets into how the Wildcats were able to land him. There are all kinds of interesting tidbits in the story, including how Foster went from being a top 100 recruit to not mentioned at all, but my favorite part was this:

As a senior, Foster, now a 6-foot-2, 195-pound shooting guard, served as the team’s starting center. And he held his own against top competition, leading Hirschi back to the state quarterfinals and earning Texas 3A player of the year honors.

Yes, the shooting guard that is currently the sparkplug for Kansas State’s return to relevance under Bruce Weber played center on his high school basketball team.

Kudos to Kansas State for sticking with him while he dropped in the national rankings. They’re reaping the benefits right now.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: