Marcus Foster did more than work his way back into Kansas State’s starting lineup with big games against TCU and Oklahoma.
On Monday, he was named Big 12 player of the week.
Foster, a sophomore guard from Wichita Falls, Texas, won the honor following strong back-to-back performances. First, he scored 23 points in a home victory over TCU. Then he hit three clutch shots, including a game-winning three in overtime, to lift K-State past Oklahoma on Saturday.
The accolade comes at an opportune time. It wasn’t long ago that K-State coach Bruce Weber was unhappy with Foster, reducing his minutes against Georgia and sending him to the bench against Oklahoma State.
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Weber was trying to send Foster a message. He wanted K-State’s leading scorer to practice harder, play smarter and become an all-around player.
His improvements spread throughout the team.
“We are more energetic now,” Foster said following the Oklahoma game. “Guys were dreading going to practice, but now we are energetic about practice. We are in the gym pushing each other. That is how we change in a week. You’ve just got to change everything.”
Weber thinks Foster is back to his old self.
K-State, as a result, has won two in a row.
“If Marcus can play the way we expect him to play,” Weber said, “you hope we can do some of the things we had anticipated early in the year.”