Wyatt Thompson is in his 17th year as the play-by-play voice of the Wildcats, and has earned many accolades during that time. And now, for the second-straight year and the fourth time overall in his career at K-State, Thompson has been named the 2018 Kansas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Since K-State is officially a Track School, we have a bit of surprising news from the women’s track squad. As reported by D. Scott Fritchen at 247 Sports, 2018 NCAA Indoor Pentathlon silver-medalist Nina Schultz is transferring to Georgia to complete her collegiate career. The junior All-American will redshirt the 2019 season and will complete her final season of eligibility with the Bulldogs in 2020. This is a step-up for Schultz, as the Bulldogs captured the 2018 NCAA indoor team title.
In another surprise transfer, solely for destination, former Wildcat QB (and K-State graduate) Alex Delton announced via Twitter yesterday that instead of transferring to UTEP to complete his eligibilty, he will instead transfer to TCU (Black, Mercury). As a graduate transfer, he is not bound by Big 12 transfer restrictions, and will be immediately eligible to compete for the Horned Frogs. Drew Davison at the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram has the news from the TCU side of things.
Our own Luke Thompson reached out to Delton for comment, and the former team captain had this to say about playing against K-State in Manhattan:
I’m sure it’ll be madness in Manhattan. Those fans are awesome and I have so much respect for that fan base and how much pride they have. It’ll be fun and a night to remember!
Dalton Risner continues to pile on accolades, and was just named as a finalist for the 2018 Lombardi Award, an award given based on “Performance and Leadership honed by Character and Resiliency”. Risner is one of seven finalists among all of Division I, and is the first Wildcat to be a finalist for the award. Former Wildcat Tim Colston was a semifinalist in 1995, and multiple Wildcats have been named candidates.
As K-State heads into tonight’s matchup against the #20 team in the country (again), K-State Sports Extra took a deeper look at the most recent Big 12 Player of the Week, who has “always had” the clutch ability, he’s just showing it more as a senior, especially in the last two games. Speaking of Barry Brown, he’s become more effective driving thanks to teammates stepping up around him and forcing teams to guard potential shooters on the perimeter (Robinett, Eagle/Star)
Bruce Weber is seeking more maturity from his group of Wildcats headed in to tonight’s match-up, as this will be a pivotal game if K-State wants to continue the trend of it’s last two contests (Black, Mercury).
Fans aren’t the only people happy that Dean Wade has returned to the court. Teammate Makol Mawien also expressed his happiness that the Wildcats star is back on the court, even if limited somewhat, because he consistently draws defensive attention that helps the rest of the team (Green, GC Telegram).