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NBA Draft is tonight and other basketball notes; plus track stars in action, and K-State staffers earn honors.

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I think K-State’s own Wesley Iwundu is a little excited for the NBA Draft. As he should be. As Kellis Robinett, via the KC Star, reports, Wes has taken an unconventional path to the draft, not being a 5-star recruit, or a star freshman, or even a highly heralded upper-classman. But, Wes has an all-around game that has NBA scouts continually looking in his direction, and our own KSUEMAW! and BotC resident basketball guru Eric Rubottom discuss what makes Wes so intriguing as an NBA prospect.

Elsewhere in the K-State basketball world, Rick Peterson at the Topeka Capital-Journal talked with K-State junior Barry Brown on Wednesday during a basketball camp at Washburn University in Topeka. Brown says he, along with fellow juniors Kamau Stokes and Dean Wade, is ready to lead the Wildcats on and off the court.


In other news, Jon Morse’s March Through Time with K-State athletics continued yesterday with the 1921-22 season, which included an epic faceplant from the basketball team.

Also yesterday BracketCat got us to 73 days till kickoff with junior o-lineman Alec Ruth, who has yet to make a big impact for the Wildcats besides providing great depth.


Beginning today and running through the weekend, nine current and former K-State track and field athletes are scheduled to compete in various U.S. and Jamaican Championships, including current assistant coach Erik Kynard.

Kynard will be competing at the U.S. Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, CA and will be joined there by senior Janee' Kassanavoid, competing in the women’s hammer throw, and sophomore Wurrie Njadoe, competing in the women’s long jump. Sophomores Ariel Okorie and Lauren Taubert will join that trio in Sacramento, but will be competing in the heptathlon at the U.S. Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships. Last but certainly not least, senior Claudette Allen (long jump) and juniors Shadae Lawrence (discus CHAMPION), Shardia Lawrence (triple jump), and Shanae McKenzie (high jump) will be in Kingston, Jamaica as they compete at the Jamaican National Track and Field Championships.

The group will be looking to qualify for the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships, which will be held August 5-13 at London Stadium in London, England.


The K-State Athletics Communication and Fan Experience and Sales departments recently received a total of eight national honors for excellence in 2016-17 from their respective organizations during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) national convention in Orlando. Congrats to them!!