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Former Kansas State guard transferring to Creighton

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Marcus Foster, a guard whose sophomore season at Kansas State was an inconsistent one, has found a new home. Foster, who entered last season as a candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year, has decided that he’ll complete his college career at Creighton.

Foster announced the decision on Twitter, and after sitting out the 2015-16 season he’ll have two years to play under head coach Greg McDermott.

As a sophomore Foster averaged 12.5 points per game, shooting just under 39 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. He and head coach Bruce Weber clashed on multiple occasions throughout the season, but that was the story for most of the Kansas State team as a group that reached the NCAA tournament in 2014 finished below .500. In the case of Foster a change of scenery may benefit him, and he joins a Creighton system that should serve him well once eligible.

While Foster sits out this season Creighton will look for major contributions from two other transfers in guard Maurice Watson and forward Cole Huff, both of whom sat out the 2014-15 campaign per NCAA transfer rules. Both were productive options at their previous stops, Watson at Boston University and Huff at Nevada, and that will need to be the case next season as the Bluejays lost their lone double-digit scorer in guard Austin Chatman.

Foster is the fifth newcomer who will join the Creighton program this summer with the other four being freshmen. Guards Malon Stewart and Khyri Thomas, and forwards Justin Patton and Martin Krampelj complete the class, with the 6-foot-10 Patton the most highly regarded of the freshman quartet.

Kansas State losing three players, including Marcus Foster (UPDATED)

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Kansas State took a hit to its rotation on Tuesday as three players are leaving the program. Leaving the Wildcats due to dismissal from the program is sophomore guard Marcus Foster and freshman shooting guard Tre Harris, according to a release from the school. Sophomore point guard Jevon Thomas will also transfer.

The loss of Foster is the major news here. As a freshman, Foster was one of the best players in the Big 12 as the 6-foot-2 guard averaged 15.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Wildcats. As a sophomore, Foster started to become a problem in the locker room. He was benched in a Big 12 game against Oklahoma State and appeared to lose confidence at times during the season. His shooting percentages dropped to 38 percent from the field and 34 percent from 3-point range.

The 6-foot-1 Thomas was a major part of the Kansas State backcourt rotation this season. Thomas averaged 25 minutes per game and put up 4.5 points and 3.3 assists and 3 rebounds per contest in his sophomore season. One of the premier perimeter defenders in the Big 12 when he was engaged, Thomas also had 1.1 steals per game and was a difference-maker on that end when he was providing pressure.

At 6-foot-5, Harris showed some ability to score in bursts as a freshman role player. In 21 games, Harris was 20-for-44 from 3-point range and seemed to find his niche in the rotation by being a spark plug. Harris wasn’t overly productive in other facets of the game, however, as he had 18 rebounds and 11 assists in 211 minutes played.

Foster leaving means the Wildcats are losing their most talented player with two more seasons of eligibility. It’s a major hit for Bruce Weber’s program and now there isn’t a clear go-to guy on the roster without him.

Losing Thomas and Harris could hurt the backcourt depth for Kansas State going forward, but the Wildcats underachieved this season in-part to bad attitudes, so many losing some players could be an addition by subtraction scenario.

Marcus Foster’s three-pointer gives Kansas State controversial win over No. 17 Oklahoma (VIDEO)

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By this point, No. 17 Oklahoma has to be sick of Kansas State’s Marcus Foster.

For the second time this season the Sooners fell victim to Foster’s late-game heroics, as he hit a three-pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining to give Kansas State the 59-56 victory. Foster, in his first game back from a three-game suspension, scored 14 points in 25 minutes of action off the bench.

In the first meeting of the season between the two teams, Foster hit both the game-tying (in regulation) and game-winning shots in Kansas State’s 66-63 win in Norman.

However, Saturday’s win did not lack for controversy. With 9:24 remaining in the game Justin Edwards hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to give the Wildcats a 46-41 lead.

The officials ruled that the ball left Edwards’ hand before the shot clock expired, but that does not appear to have been the case upon closer inspection. Also of note is the fact that the LED lights around the shot clock are on. Per NCAA rules, schools can use such a setup to indicate the expiration of the shot clock.

Here’s a still picture of Edwards attempting the shot, thanks to CBT’s Rob Dauster.

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Per the NCAA rule book, when it comes to a shot clock violation there can only be an official review in the final two minutes of the second half and at any point in overtime. At any other point in the game, an official review regarding the shot clock can only take place if there’s a malfunction or mistake in starting, stopping or setting/resetting the shot clock:

Determine whether the shot clock malfunctioned or a timing mistake occurred in failing to properly start, stop, set or reset the shot clock. The malfunction or mistake may only be corrected in the shot clock period in which it occurred. Any activity after the mistake or malfunction has been committed and until it has been rectified shall be canceled, excluding a flagrant 1 or 2 personal foul or any technical foul.

Unfortunately for Oklahoma, the rules prohibited the game officials from taking another look at what is viewed to be a judgment call.

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