Looking Up Court

By: By Mark Ewing Email
By: By Mark Ewing Email

Let’s take the rebound and look down court. It’s the subject for tonight’s “On the Mark”.
And shame on me for thinking about basketball prospects for the Jayhawks and Wildcats when both schools are in college football’s top 25 for the first time since ’95.
How much fun is this? I’ve got this feeling that we might just be in for an unparalled school year for combined hoops and pigskin success from the big two. K-State unveiled its squad on Friday night in Manhattan and people can’t stop talking about it. And, with good reason.
Highly heralded Michael Beasley has some skills, but it's hard to make a prediction on how he’ll handle the expected growing pains.
That’s why I think a healthy Bill Walker will be Kansas State’s most reliable difference maker, and why the play of David Hoskins, who I think is the most overlooked player in the conference, will be important. The qualifier is that Kansas State hasn’t collectively faced big game pressure.
Right now, that’s exactly what separates the Jayhawks from everybody else in the Big 12. Brandon Rush and Duh-rail Arthur will be good, but Darnell Jackson is the key.
His improved scoring and rebounding skills will be a bench mark on KU’s season.
Contributions from others beyond KU’s top rotation will be critical toward post season success.
I do know this.
The wildcats are going to be fun to watch.
The jayhawks are going to be fun to watch.
When one meets the other, this state may launch into hoops heaven.... once football season is over ---- of course.
That’s “On the Mark”.

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