Yesterday may have been the busiest Monday I can remember at Bring on the Cats, and you can thank Derek Smith and Basketball media day for that. First, Derek gave us video interviews of Breanna Lewis, and Kindred Wesemann. Then he gave us video interviews of D.J. Johnson, Dean Wade, and Wesley Iwundu. Finally, he ended media day with a story about redshirt freshman, Isaiah Maurice, whose confident he can provide all around support both inside the paint, and with his outside shooting.
On the football side, Gracey Terrill showcased the two Big 12 players of the week for Kansas State, Byron Pringle and D.J. Reed.
Even though he was only a freshman, Dean Wade started in 31 of 33 games last season. The biggest challenge/struggle in his game was a lack of confidence and this season Wade said the European trip helped his confidence and he expects big things from himself. (Kake.com) Confidence for Wade was such a concern that head coach Bruce Weber told Wade to watch “Caddyshack” for tips on confidence from actor Chevy Chase. (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle)
A young team, lack of execution, and injuries contributed to Kansas State missing the NCAA Tournament but this season, with a more experienced and healthy team, Weber and crew expect to be back in the Big Dance. (Kevin Haskin, Capital Journal)
D.J. Johnson enters his senior season with a clean bill of health. And that’s a welcome relief for D.J. and the team. (Ken Corbitt, Capital Journal)
Following a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Jeff Mittie was faced with the unfortunate dilemma of replacing Megan Deines. Enter Alabama graduate transfer, guard Karlya Middlebrook, who Mittie hopes can provide another veteran voice along with seniors Breanna Lewis, and Kindred Wesemann (Riley Gates, Capital Journal)
Finally, we couldn’t let you have a slate without at least one piece of football news. As you know this week is OU hate week, and our friends at newsok.com gave a quick preview of this Saturday’s matchup. (Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman)