Predicting Kansas State Basketball’s Key Stat Leaders For 2014-15 Season

By Andrew Skaggs

Predicting Kansas State Basketball’s Key Stat Leaders

Marcus Foster Kansas State
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After winning 20 games last season and making the NCAA Tournament, Kansas State will look to take the next step under head coach Bruce Weber in 2014-15. The Wildcats return some key pieces from last year's team and should finish in the upper half of the Big 12. Let's take a look at who will lead Kansas State in the key statistical categories this season.

5. Scoring

Marcus Foster Kansas State
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5. Scoring

Marcus Foster Kansas State
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Marcus Foster was one of the pleasant surprises across the country in college basketball last season. Relatively unknown coming out of high school, Foster averaged 15.5 points per game as a freshman at Kansas State. Foster is a dynamic guard who can break defenders down off the dribble as well as shoot the three, an area in which he shot 39.5 percent from last season. Foster is a good bet to average close to 20 points per game for the Wildcats.

4. Rebounding

Thomas Gipson Kansas State
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4. Rebounding

Thomas Gipson Kansas State
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Thomas Gipson is the top returning post player for the Wildcats this season. Gipson is a physical tone-setter who uses his 265-pound frame to move opposing players with ease. Gipson led the team in rebounding last season, averaging 6.5 per game. Don't be surprised if the senior averages close to 10 rebounds per game this season.

3. Assists

Marcus Foster Kansas State
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3. Assists

Marcus Foster Kansas State
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While Marcus Foster is certainly the top scorer for Kansas State, he can also distribute the basketball a little bit. Somewhat of a combo guard, Foster is the best passer on the team. While most of his production will come in the scoring department, I think he could average around four assists per game this season.

2. Steals

Nigel Johnson Kansas State
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2. Steals

Nigel Johnson Kansas State
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Shooting guard Nigel Johnson was a solid contributor for Kansas State as a freshman last season and will look to take on an expanded role this season. Johnson is a rangy defender who has a knack for getting his hands in passing lanes. After averaging close to a steal per game last season, Johnson is a good bet to lead the Wildcats in that department this season.

1. Blocks

D.J. Johnson Kansas State
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1. Blocks

D.J. Johnson Kansas State
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Without a ton of size on the Kansas State roster, forward D.J. Johnson plays a prominent role on the defensive side of the ball. At 6-foot-9, 250 pounds, Johnson is a good post defender thanks to his long arms and great anticipation skills. Johnson will lead the Wildcats in blocks this season.

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