MANHATTAN — The next time Brittany Chambers applies for a job, she needs to list Deb Patterson as a reference.
Whenever the coach talks about Kansas State’s star senior guard, she does it with absolute confidence.
“I think (she) is an All-American-caliber player,” Patterson said, “one of the best guards in the country and probably Kansas State’s next next-level player, meaning WNBA talent.”
That is high praise for anyone to live up to, but Chambers thinks she can do it after averaging 14 points and 6.2 rebounds and earning a spot on the All-Big 12 team a year ago. She has always been one of the best three-point shooters in the league, and helped K-State reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
Expectations are much lower for the Wildcats this season. They were picked to finish ninth in the preseason Big 12 poll.
Chambers’ challenge now is to build off her past accomplishments, and become a more complete player who can help a young team transition into a new season. She is one of two seniors on a roster that features four freshmen and three sophomores. Improvement won’t be easy, but she’s been preparing for this for several months.
“I’ve had to extend my game as much as possible this summer,” Chambers said. “I think last year I made myself very one dimensional, but I don’t think that’s the type of player that I am. I relied on the three, because that’s a comfort thing for me. But when it comes down to it, I’m a player who can drive it or pull up and make a three.”
By mixing in more layups and passes, she hopes to fill up the stat sheet in ways she hasn’t before. She will need to for K-State to remain competitive in a strong league.
“This summer I really, really worked on (that) if I’m open for the three not always taking that first shot, being able to do other things,” Chambers said. “I want to do other things and make myself more unpredictable and help my teammates do other things.”