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.