Having lost three of their last four games, Kansas State could use a positive spark as they look to work towards a berth in the NCAA tournament. However the news delivered by the program just before Wednesday’s game at Texas Tech won’t help matters, as it was announced that sophomore guard Marcus Foster and freshman forward Malek Harris have been suspended for a violation of team rules.
“Our players have expectations and there are consequences when you don’t live up to those expectations,” Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber said in the release. “Hopefully, they will learn from this experience and make the necessary progress to rejoin our team.”
This is a disappointing turn for Foster, who prior to this season was expected to build on what was an outstanding freshman season. Foster currently leads the team in scoring with an average of 14.0 points per game, but he was benched for a significant portion of Kansas State’s conference-opening loss to Oklahoma State. Foster rebounded from that with a 23-point outing in a win over TCU.
Foster is a player the Wildcats need to be fully engaged if they’re to hang with the best teams in the Big 12, so this disciplinary action clearly isn’t a positive development. Without him on the floor, players such as Nino Williams and Thomas Gipson to do even more from a scoring standpoint. Harris is averaging 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13.5 minutes of action per contest.