Every year, “Sports Illustrated” chooses its “Sportsman of the Year.” This year, Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt share the honor.
I got to thinking about a Kansas “Sportsman of the Year” for 2011 and who it might be. I’d love your feedback on this one and we’ll make an official announcement here on the blog before the end of the year.
Who are some candidates?Kansas State junior quarterback Collin Klein has had one of the best individual seasons in KSU history. Is he the Kansas "Sportsman of the Year?"Certainly, Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder has to be considered, as does K-State junior quarterback Collin Klein. I don’t know who I would pick between those two.
How about the Wichita Heights boys basketball team, which won its third consecutive Class 6A championship in March? If that’s too wide of a scope, maybe we could go with a player from that team, 6-foot-8 Perry Ellis.
Would the Morris twins – Marcus and Markieff – get any run? They helped Kansas to within a game of the Final Four in 2011 and were first-round draft picks in the NBA.
Perhaps Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall, whose Shockers won the NIT championship, would get your vote.
Personally, I think I would go with Kansas State’s Klein, who has had a tremendous and somewhat unexpected season as the Wildcats’ quarterback. I mean, who saw this coming? He is the player most responsible for K-State’s 10-2 record and upcoming Cotton Bowl appearance against Arkansas on Jan. 6.
But I’m sure I’m leaving out some obvious candidates and that’s where you come into play. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.