If two early preseason polls are any indication, it looks like the Kansas State basketball team will be ranked when the 2012-13 season begins.
Even though college basketball just came to a close, ESPN and CBS Sports have both put out Top 25 polls looking ahead to next season.
K-State is ranked 20th in both polls.
That doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Even though there is some uncertainty with how the Wildcats respond to new coach Bruce Weber after previously playing for Frank Martin, K-State should be one of the most talented teams in the Big 12. Rodney McGruder should be one of the best players in the conference as a senior, and Jordan Henriquez looked like one of the top big men in the country at the end of his junior year.
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With only Jamar Samuels and Victor Ojeleye graduating, and no players currently seeking a transfer, K-State returns the nucleus of a team that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament this season.
Here is what Andy Katz had to say about the Wildcats in ESPN’s preseason poll:
“Bruce Weber takes over for Frank Martin, who had the Wildcats set up for a continuous run near the top of the Big 12. Weber didn’t forget how to coach at Illinois. He is one of the more respected teachers of the game. He just had a bad marriage with the Illini, and it couldn’t be repaired. Rodney McGruder should stay and play for Weber since he’ll be a senior. The core of this team returns to push the rest of the Big 12. Weber’s first season should be a success.”