Kansas State basketball fans hoping to watch some of their favorite former players reunite in a competitive setting will get their wish this summer.
The Wildcats will have an alumni team on hand for the Wichita Regional of The Basketball Tournament from July 25-28 at Koch Arena.
The K-State alumni team, which will once again go by the name Purple & Black, will consist of former players D.J. Johnson, Curtis Kelly, Justin Edwards, Martavious Irving, Akeem Wright, Thomas Gipson and Marcus Foster.
“I am excited that my teammates and I will be able to represent Kansas State in the tournament for the fourth consecutive year,” said Johnson, who starred at power forward under K-State coach Bruce Weber. “This year will be particularly special for us as we get to put on the purple and black again so close to Manhattan for the first time since we all graduated. It will be great for us and for K-State fans, who will get to see some of their favorite players compete again. I know our fans will create a home-game atmosphere, even in a competitor’s arena.”
Johnson, who is serving as the team’s general manager, hopes to add a few more former K-State players to the roster before late July.
Other names under consideration include: Michael Beasley, Jacob Pullen, Dean Wade, Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes.
The Basketball Tournament is a $2 million winner-take-all event that consists of teams of all backgrounds. Purple & Black has participated for the past several years.
It seems as though a younger generation of players will carry the torch for Purple & Black this summer. This is the first time Jordan Henriquez hasn’t been involved with the team.
Foster is an interesting member of the alumni team. The Wichita Falls native only played at K-State for two seasons. He finished his college career at Creighton after Weber dismissed him from the Wildcats.
Purple & Black is the second team to be accepted into the Wichita Regional. AfterShocks, a Wichita State alumni team, will be serving as the region’s host. Their roster includes former Shockers Tekele Cotton, Toure’ Murry, Cleanthony Early, Conner Frankamp, Clevin Hannah, Shaq Morris, Joe Ragland, Rashard Kelly, Malcolm Armstead, Garrett Stutz, and JT Durley.
Tickets to the Wichita games can be purchased through Wichita State’s ticket office.