The Kansas State Wildcats basketball program took a massive blow Tuesday evening when it was announced that all-Big 12 first team preseason selection Marcus Foster and freshman Tre Harris were dismissed from the program. Foster’s stat line took a significant dip during the 2014-15 season, but remained among the team leaders in almost every category. To make matters worse, Foster was suspended for three games in February for violating team rules which could have enticed head coach Bruce Weber to kick him off the team.
On the other hand, Harris only averaged 3.8 points per game, but showed flashed of why he could be an integral part of the program’s future.
“Marcus and Tre have been unable to live up to the standards that we expect of our players,” coach Weber said in a release. “It is a privilege to represent Kansas State University and there are consequences when players don’t live up to those expectations. Hopefully, they will learn from this experience and make the necessary progress to continue their basketball careers elsewhere.”
Following the decision, both players face a very uncertain future due to the fact that each will face the difficult decision of whether or not to attend junior college and play immediately, or transfer to another Division One program and be forced to sit for an entire year.
Even with these two players, Kansas State struggled to a 15-17 record failing to qualify for post season play. Now, coach Weber will need to find replacements for two of their most talented players and try to turn the entire direction of the program around.
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