K-State's Marcus Foster lays up a shots against Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 10, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
MANHATTAN, Kansas – Rising sophomore Marcus Foster has earned one of 30 college invitations to the prestigious LeBron James Skills Academy, which runs July 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hosted by the four-time NBA MVP, the camp will include four days of competitive skills workouts and 5-on-5 games to help players showcase their skills to NBA scouts.
The list of 30 college players was selected from the three Nike Skills camps (Point Guard, Kevin Durant and Big Man Academies), which were held in late June at various locations across the country. Foster was chosen for the camp after his impressive performance at the Nike Guards Academy at Kean University in Union, N.J., from June 23-25.
In addition to the 30 college players, the academy will also include 80 of the top high school players in the country.
Foster is one of five announced Big 12 players to receive an invitation to the camp, joining Perry Ellis III (Kansas), Georges Niang (Iowa State), Kelly Oubre (Kansas) and Juwan Staten (West Virginia). Other announced campers include Ron Baker (Wichita State), Sam Dekker (Wisconsin), Treveon Graham (VCU), Darrun Hilliard (Villanova), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona), R.J. Hunter (Georgia State), Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Jarrell Martin (LSU), Jordan Mickey (LSU), D.J. Newbill (Penn State), Terran Pettway (Nebraska), Michael Qualls (Arkansas), Aaron White (Iowa), Delon Wright (Utah) and Joseph Young (Oregon). A complete roster will be released in the coming days.
More information on the LeBron James Skills Academy can be found at http://www.nikeeyb.com/page/show/1140928-july-9-12-lebron-james-2014-?subseason=150585.
Foster is coming off one of the best freshmen seasons in school history, as the Wichita Falls, Texas, native led the Wildcats in eight categories, including scoring (15.5 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (27), 20-point games (eight), field goals (177), 3-point field goals (79) and free throw percentage (73.4). He was selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team by both the league coaches and The Associated Press, joining Michael Beasley as the only true freshmen in school history to earn recognition to the All-Big 12 First, Second or Third Teams and the first rookie guard.
Foster finished the 2013-14 season in the school’s freshman Top 10 in 11 categories, including first in 3-point field goals (79) and starts (33), second in 3-point field goal percentage (39.5), third in points (513) and minutes (969) and fourth in games played (33) and fifth in field goals attempted (418).
Foster helped K-State to yet another successful campaign in 2013-14, as the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fifth consecutive season with a 20-13 overall record and fifth-place finish in Big 12 play with a 10-8 mark. He is among nine lettermen, including five with starting experience, returning in 2014-15 to go along with Division I transfers Justin Edwards and Brandon Bolden and newcomers Malek Harris, Tre Harris and Stephen Hurt. Overall, the team returns more than 70 percent of its scoring and 65 percent of its rebounding.
Season tickets for the 2014-15 season went on sale June 23 in the K-State Athletics Ticket Office. Tickets for the 17-game home schedule are available in a variety packages and can be purchased toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at Bramlage Coliseum.
**MEDIA NOTE: Marcus Foster will be available for interviews on Monday, July 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Basketball Training Facility to preview his trip to Las Vegas.