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Meet the Purple and Black - Kamau Stokes

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TBT is back, so let’s check out the team, starting with Kam Stokes.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 09 Oklahoma at Kansas State Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

When the Purple and Black TBT team was announced, a few names stood out immediately. Kamau Stokes was one of those names. If you’re at all interested in Kansas State basketball (and I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you are if you’re reading this article) you’re already familiar with Kamau.

As a refresher, here are the basics.

Kamau Stokes

Position: Point Guard

Height: 6’1”

Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland

High School: Fork Union Military Academy

Kansas State Career: 2015-2019

Career Stats (Per Game)

Points: 10.4

Assists: 3.5

Steals: 1.1

Rebounds: 2.7

FG%: .367

3 PT%: .348

Career Stats (Totals)

Minutes Played: 3602 (22nd in Big12 History)

Points: 1242

Assists: 415

Rebounds: 318

Steals: 135

3-Pointers Made: 207

Wins: 88

Stokes is one of three Wildcats to finish his career with over 1,000 points, 200 3-point field goals, 400 assists, and 100 steals.

Post Kansas State

Kamau has been on a tour of Europe since leaving the thriving metropolis of Manhattan, Kansas. He started off in Poland, moved to Sweden and will by plying his trade in Hungary next season. I can think of worse fates than getting payed to play basketball while checking out the rest of the world.

Stokes hasn’t just been traveling around and earning a pay check, he’s been balling out and picking up rings. Last season he helped lead the Norrkoping Dolphins (there is an umlaut over the o, but I’m not sure how to go about adding it in this editor) to the Swedish Basketball League championship.

On the season he averaged 14.2 points, 4.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 3.2 rebounds while averaging 25.3 points a game. He caught fire in the playoffs, and was especially good in the finals.

After making his mark in Sweden, Kamau has his sights set on Hungarian basketball domination next season.

What To Expect in the TBT

Stokes is the exact type of player you want on your TBT team. He’s in peak physical condition, brimming with confidence, and capable of holding his own on both offense and defense. The TBT tends to be guard dominated, and having a young guard like Stokes lead the way is ideal.

The interesting thing about the TBT is occasionally get big names from the past who clearly haven’t been playing competitive ball outside of the local rec center. You can easily pick those guys out because they can’t guard anyone and tend to start sucking wind 2 or 3 minutes into a run. That won’t be an issue with for Stokes.

TBT Info

Purple and Black face off against the Omaha Blue Crew (Creighton) on July 16th in Wichita at 3 PM. If you’re in the area, it should be a fun game to check out in person.

I’m working on something with the TBT that I hope to get off the ground in the next couple days.

Stay tuned.