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Slate: Receivers becoming scarce in Manhattan

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Plus Dean Wade finally healthy again, and there’s positive football news too.

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Basketball

While he missed all of the 2019 post-season with a foot injury, Dean Wade is healthy again and getting more attention from NBA teams as the draft nears. The star forward was unable to participate in post-season games each of the last two seasons due to foot injuries, but that hasn’t stopped Wade from bouncing back (again), and a recent physical showed no lingering foot injuries.

Xavier Sneed decided to forgo the 2019 NBA Draft and return to Kansas State for his senior year, and the versatile swingman is ready to make the most of his final season in Manhattan.

Football

Chris Klieman is down yet another receiver before ever coaching a down, this time it is Hunter Rison who has decided to enter his name into the NCAA transfer portal as he awaits adjudication following an alleged incident nearly two months ago that left the former Michigan State transfer suspended indefinitely.

Rison never played a down for K-State as he sat out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but had been expected to be a top receiving target for Skylar Thompson in the 2019 campaign. The Wildcats are now down to just one receiver, Dalton Schoen, with significant starting experience; however, RS-FR Malik Knowles also played in four games near the end of the 2018 season, and junior Wykeen Gill logged a start against Kansas in 2018 while appearing in 10 games overall.

In much more positive news, the recruiting train hasn’t lost any steam so far in June, and yesterday in-state OL recruit Hadley Panzer gave his verbal pledge to K-State. Panzer is a 247-composite 3-star recruit out of Lakin, KS (bonus points if you know where that is without the aid of Google; and double-extra points if you can properly pronounce the county name of which Lakin is the seat), and is projected to play along the interior of the offensive line.