May 31, 2006
Huggins has talent to work with
After getting off to a quick start Bob Huggins has had to make some tough decisions as the head coach at Kansas State, releasing Mario Taybron from the program and suspending leading scorer Cartier Martin indefinitely just a short time after losing out on point guard target Stefhon Hannah. Huggins still has plenty to work with heading into the 2006-07 season, however, as evidence by a player-by-player look at K-State's current roster.
Clent Stewart 6-foot-4, 195-pound Jr.
Stewart so far
Stewart has had a solid but unspectacular two-year career as a Wildcat, averaging 4.8 points and 3.1 assists in 56 career appearances. As a true freshman Stewart started every game at point guard and helped lead the Wildcats to 17 wins and a victory over Texas A&M in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament as he set a school record for assists by a freshman in a single season.
How he'll fit in
Stewart has spent the vast majority of his time at K-State as the starting point guard and will now almost surely still get the majority of minutes at the point under Huggins with Mario Taybron off the team. Stewart hit better than 48 percent of his 3-point tries a season ago and should improve eve more as a shooter over the summer.
Blake Young 6-foot-2, 180-pound Jr.
Young so far
This Daytona Beach Community College prospect can play either guard spot but likely fits better as a shooting guard because of his ability as a scorer. Young averaged 23.2 points a game as a sophomore at Daytona, earning a four-star rating and offers from programs such as Washington, Iowa State, Alabama and Minnesota among others.
How he'll fit in
The heavily recruited Young was a major target for Huggins and should battle for a starting spot immediately. Young is a true scorer, and his athleticism will help allow him to create his own shot and give the Wildcats an opportunity to make plays when the shot clock is winding down.
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