The Kansas State Wildcats will no longer have starting point guard Angel Rodriguez on the team–transferred to the Miami Hurricanes. Jevon Thomas was expected to be the new field general, but will have to sit out until Dec. 21, according to ESPN. So, can Will Spradling step up and be the new PG for the Wildcats?
It is important to note that Spradling will likely only have to be the point guard until Thomas returns. However, Spradling is a very talented player and could succeed at the point guard position. He averaged 7.4 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game last season.
The Puerto Rico Tip-Off will play very tough thanks to teams like Michigan and VCU playing in it. However, Spradling doesn’t have a choice but to step up. If he is needed at point guard to start the season, then so be it.
Spradling will be playing in his senior year, so it is not like he is new to college hoops. He very well could have his best season yet and we could see him averaging 10+ points per game.
Kansas State really does not have that tough of a non-conference schedule, so it is not the biggest issue in the world that Thomas will be ineligible until December. Having him back for conference play will be huge. Thomas is a freshman, so hopefully he can get the system down right away and have an instant impact.
In the time being, though, Spradling could succeed at the point guard position for the Wildcats.