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Kansas State announces dismissal of forward Malek Harris from program

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With four players having already left the program by way of either a transfer or dismissal, Kansas State announced Friday morning that a fifth player will be moving on.

Freshman Malek Harris, who played in 27 games as a freshman after arriving on campus as a top 100 prospect, has been dismissed from the program with head coach Bruce Weber announcing the move. Harris is the third player dismissed from the program, joining guards Marcus Foster and Tre Harris, with Jevon Thomas and Nigel Johnson having decided to transfer.

Harris averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in just over 12 minutes of action per game, and in Kansas State’s Big 12 tournament loss to TCU he scored ten points in 17 minutes of action. Harris also had some disciplinary issues during his time in Manhattan, as he (along with Foster) was suspended in early February for a violation of team rules. Harris missed three games as a result of that suspension.

With the departure there’s an even greater need for Kansas State’s six newcomers (one junior college transfer, five freshmen) to produce in 2015-16. The Wildcats’ most productive returnees are guards Wesley Iwundu and Justin Edwards, and they’ll need to lead the way if Kansas State is to have any shot at rebounding from a disappointing 2014-15 season.

Kansas State guard Nigel Johnson to transfer

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With two players, most notably Marcus Foster, having been dismissed from the program and a third (Jevon Thomas) transferring. Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber already had some departures to deal with this offseason. Wednesday brought about a fourth departure, as 6-foot-1 point guard Nigel Johnson announced by way of his Twitter account that he’s decided to leave the program.

Johnson shared time at the point with Thomas, averaging 5.2 points and 1.7 assists in just under 18 minutes of action per contest. The sophomore started seven of the 32 games in which he played in 2014-15, reaching double figures six times with the most notable being his 20-point outing in the Wildcats’ win over Kansas February 23.

All four of the dismissals/departures from the Kansas State program this spring have come on the perimeter, meaning that Weber and his staff have some work to do when it comes to adding depth ahead of the 2015-16 season.

Justin Edwards, who averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in his first season after transferring in from Maine, is Kansas State’s only scholarship guard with eligibility remaining. The Wildcats will have three newcomers on the perimeter (six total), incoming freshmen Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes and junior college transfer Coribe Ervin.

Given the departures, those guards will be key players for Kansas State as it looks to rebound from a disappointing 2014-15.

Kansas State suffers catastrophic loss after another disciplinary issue for Marcus Foster

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For the second time this season, Marcus Foster has faced the wrath of Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber.

And for the second time this season, it cost the Wildcats a win.

On Wednesday, just an hour or two before they were set to tip off at Texas Tech, Weber announced that Foster and freshman reserve Malek Harris had been suspended for a violation of team rules. They lost 64-47 to a team that had just one Big 12 win entering the night. That came nearly a month to the day from K-State’s visit to Oklahoma State, a 61-47 loss in which Foster came off the bench, played just 14 minutes and finished the afternoon scoreless.

It’s been the story of the season for Foster, who has been as disappointing as any player in the country this year. And it’s showing. Kansas State is now 12-11 on the year, with losses to Long Beach State and Texas Southern on their resume. They’re 5-5 in the Big 12, having lost three in a row and four of their last five. They do have seven games left against ranked teams, so they’ll have their chances to improve that resume, but if their star guard is getting himself suspended during road trips and they’re coming off of an ugly loss to a league bottom-feeder, why should we believe a turn-around is in the cards?

“Our whole team, we have been plagued from the start of the season by immaturity, by a lack of discipline and a lack of consistency,” Weber told reporters after the game. “That has been on and off the court, all year. I gave them a sheet of paper at the beginning of the year, because I saw it coming – I guess I’m brilliant. I feared, because we had so many young guys, we wouldn’t have maturity as a team. Plus, they had too much hype. They hadn’t earned anything. Second thing I wrote on the paper was: discipline, to do the right thing all the time on and off the court. I said, ‘If you do those two things you will have consistency,’ and we just have not have had consistency, obviously. That is why we are 12-11 and 5-5.”

Last time Foster had to be disciplined, he responded by playing his best basketball of the season, igniting Kansas State’s hot-start in the Big 12 and hitting the game-tying and game-winning shots in an overtime win against at Oklahoma.

But at this point, that was all for naught.

Barring a miracle, Kansas State is not going to the NCAA tournament.

And you’d be foolish to pin the blame on anyone other than Kansas State’s supposed leader.