MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Michael Beasley is the centerpiece of
what's already being called the greatest freshman class in Kansas
State basketball history.
The 6-foot-9 power forward is the best recruit Kansas State ever
signed and is considered by many the No. 1 prospect in the country.
Beasley was the MVP of the McDonald's All-American game and led
the U.S. under-19 squad to a silver medal in the FIBA World
Championships this summer.
Bill Walker, a 6-6 guard/forward, was almost as highly regarded
as Beasley and played in six games as a freshman last year before a
season-ending ACL injury.
The Wildcats also have point guard Jacob Pullen and four others
in a class that is the envy of every other school in the
Kansas State also has a new head coach. Former assistant coach
Frank Martin replaced Bob Huggins, who left after just one year.
In Huggins' one season, the Wildcats got their most wins in
almost two decades, their highest finish ever in the Big 12 and
their first postseason appearance in almost 10 years.
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