News Columns & Blogs

Free throws no longer a problem for K-State

Back when Kansas State was one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the entire country, the Wildcats had no choice but to get creative.

Not only did Frank Martin and his coaching staff try every shooting drill and practice technique they could think of to fix the problem, they issued special challenges to their players.

In the case of Will Spradling, who is one of the best foul shooters on K-State’s roster, assistant coach Brad Underwood challenged the freshman guard to beat his personal record for consecutive free throws made, which he set while playing for K-State by draining 111 straight.

Underwood checked in with Spradling every few days after that with one simple question: “You beat my record yet.”

When Spradling finally did, Underwood didn’t need to ask.

“I remember waking up to a voicemail from him,” Underwood said. “I knew then he got it. On his message he says, ‘Coach, I didn’t just break your record, I shattered it.’”

While practicing in Bramlage Coliseum one night, Spradling sank 149 straight free throws. Pretty impressive to you or me. Not to Underwood. (more…)