Kansas State's Marcus Foster celebrates a 3-point shot against Gonzaga during the first half in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Freshman Marcus Foster continued to add to his list of accomplishments on Wednesday, as he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 8 Second Team.
Foster, one of just three true freshmen named to the first or second team by the NABC, will joined on the second team by Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, West Virginia’s Juwan Staten, Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler, Texas’ Jonathan Holmes and Kansas’ Perry Ellis III. The first team consisted of Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield.
Foster was recently named to the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Second Team and to the All-Newcomer Team, while he was also a second team all-conference selection by The Associated Press. He joined Michael Beasley as the only true freshmen in school history earn recognition to the All-Big 12 First, Second or Third Teams and the first rookie guard.
Foster paces the Wildcats in scoring (15.4 ppg.), 20-point games (seven), double-digit scoring games (25), field goals (162), 3-point field goals (75), free throws (78), free throw percentage (72.9) and starts (31). He has scored in double figures in 25 games, including 14 times in Big 12 play, and has led the Wildcats in scoring on a team-best 15 occasions. Six of his seven 20-point games came in Big 12 play, including a season-best 34-point effort in a win over No. 15/18 Texas on Feb. 8. He is just the fifth true freshmen in school history to post a 30-point game and the first Wildcat since Jacob Pullen scored 38 points in 2011.
Foster has twice been named the CBSSports.com/USBWA Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7 and Feb. 11) and Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (Jan. 6 and Jan. 10).
Foster already ranks in the freshman Top 10 in 10 categories in school history, including first in 3-point field goals, second in 3-point field goal percentage, fifth in minutes, sixth in scoring, field goals, field goals attempted and free throws, seventh in assists and ninth in free throw percentage. His 31 starts are second only to Beasley’s 33 in 2007-08.
For the season, Foster is averaging 15.4 points on 41.8 percent shooting (162-of-388), including 39.7 percent (75-of-189), with 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.6 steals in 29.2 minutes per game. In Big 12 play, he averaged 16.6 points on 44 percent shooting (103-of-234), including 43.2 percent (48-of-111), with 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 29.3 minutes per game.
Kansas State (20-11), which has posted its school-record eighth consecutive 20-win season, will face No. 4 seed Iowa State (23-7) in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. CT on ESPN2.
posted by J.B. Bauersfeld