Decade in Review: Kansas State Basketball

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2010

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 22:  Michael Beasley #30 of the Kansas State Wildcats looks on against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Midwest Region second round of the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 22, 2008 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Kansas won 75-56.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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2000-01 Season

During the 2000-01 season Kansas State ended the season 11-18 and only averaged 63.6 points of total offense and giving up 68 a game to opposing teams. This season Kansas State didn’t play to their strengths at all. They shot poorly from the free-throw line shooting 65 percent and shot 41 percent from the field. Kansas State also turned the ball over numerous amounts of times, turning it over an average of 15.7 times a game.

Phineas Atchison was the leading scorer this year, scoring 11.7 points per game. Travis Reynolds was the leading rebounder this year with 7.7 a game. Larry Reid was the assist leader with 3.7 assist per game.

This season’s MVP is Phineas Atchison

2001-02 Season

This year Kansas State hosted a 13-16 record but improved their scoring offense as they posted 68.4 points a game. Their free-throw percentage didn’t get much better as they shot 66 percent from the line. The Wildcats lacked the dominance inside as they only grabbed 32.8 rebounds per game a decade low. However they logged an impressive win over Oklahoma State who was ranked No. 9.

Larry Reid was their leading scorer and assist man with 14.4 points and 5.3 assist a game, Pervis Pasco was their leading rebounder with 8.4 a game.

This season’s MVP is Larry Reid.

2002-03 Season

With a 13-16 record Kansas State reached the Big 12 conference tournament for the first time in the decade. However, the Wildcats lost by a point to Colorado. The scoring offense didn’t improve that much as the Cat’s only averaged 69.6 a game. Free throw shooting is something they’ll want to forget about this season as they only shot 62 percent from the line. In addition, this year the Kansas State defense was tough. Only allowing its opponents 66.2 points, 40 percent from the field, and 34.2 rebounds a game.

Gilson DeJesus was the leading scorer with 11.2 points, Pervis Pasco was the leading rebounder with 7.5, and Frank Richards was the high assist man with 4.9 a game.

This season’s MVP is Pervis Pasco

2003-04 Season

This season Kansas State held a neutral record 14-14. Small offensive drop in scoring 69.4 a game, and the defense got better only allowing 65.5 points per game to opposing teams. Kansas State improved their free-throw shooting, field goal percentage, rebounding and assist. Once again in the Big 12 conference tournament the Wildcats take an early exit.

Jeremiah Massey led the team in scoring and rebounding with 14.7 points, and 7.8 rebounds and Frank Richards led the team in assist with 3.6.

This seasons MVP is Jeremiah Massey

2004-05 Season

No one and done this year, Kansas State had a 17-12 record and advanced through the Big 12 conference tournament for this first time in the decade, however, the 'Cats lost to Kansas in the second round. Kansas State had a more balanced attack with four players averaging over 10 points per game. The 'Cats weren’t as aggressive as they were in recent years as their fouls and blocks went down.

Jeremiah Massey led the team in scoring and rebounding scoring 17.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and Clent Stewart led the team in assists with four a game.

This season’s MVP is Jeremiah Massey

2005-06 Season

Statistically, a down year for the Wildcats even though they hosted a record of 15-13. The Wildcats got stingy on defense allowing opponents to only score 63.9 points a game and allowing teams to shoot 39 percent from the field and 32 percent from three, a decade best.

Their free-throw percentages went up also as they shot 71 percent from the line, and the turnover went up as they gave the ball away 15 times a game. However, this season was the first time in the decade that K-State defeated both Kansas and Missouri in the same season, although they lost in the Big 12 conference tournament to Texas Tech.

Cartier Martin led the team in scoring and rebounding with 18.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and Clent Stewart led the team in assist with 3.1 a game.

This season’s MVP is Cartier Martin

2006-07 Season

One of Kansas State’s best season’s of the decade with a 23-12 record. This year was the first year the Wildcats were above .500 in conference play; they hosted a 10-6 record.

The Wildcats scored 70.5 points and allowed only 65.1 points a game. This year Kansas State was third in the Big 12 in assist with 15.5, and third in offensive rebounds with 12.9. In the Big 12 conference tournament K-State advanced to the second round after beating Texas Tech, then was defeated by Kansas. The Wildcats were accepted to the National Invitational Tournament where they advanced to the second round after a close win to Vermont, then got defeated by DePaul.

Cartier Martin led the team in scoring with 17.1 points, David Hoskins led the team in rebounds, and Clent Stewart led the team in assist with 2.9 a game.

This season’s MVP is David Hoskins


The best year that Kansas State had this decade. Kansas State's offense improved tremendously averaging 78.0 points a game. The rebounding total topped the best of the decade averaging 41.3 rebounds per game which topped the best in the Big 12, 16.3 coming on the offensive end and 24.9 coming on the defensive end. K-State became more of a ball-hawk this year averaging 7.7 steals a game.

This year was the first year K-State had an NCAA tournament bid, and advanced before getting routed by Wisconsin. This year’s best players were Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, both making huge contributions to K-State success.

Michael Beasley led the team in rebounding and scoring with 26.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and Jacob Pullen led the team in assists.

This season’s MVP is Michael Beasley

2008-09 Season

After losing two of Kansas State’s best players, many thought this year would be a rebuilding year for the Wildcats. That’s why we play the game, the Wildcats were 22-12, barely missing the NCAA tournament. However, they did get to play in the NIT, where they lost after reaching the second round. The Wildcats offense averaged 75.2 points and 39.2 rebounds per game. First in rebounding and offensive rebounding, again in the Big 12 for the second year in a row.

Denis Clemente led the team in scoring and assists with 15.0 points, 3.5 assist, and Darren Kent led the team in rebounding with 5.8 per game.

This season's MVP is Denis Clemente


This team is also one of the best Kansas State team of the decade. This year the Wildcats offense scores 82.9 points, and grabs 14.6 offensive rebounds a game. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 12 in the nation, which wasn’t even achieved by the 2007 Kansas State team that had Michael Beasley and Bill Walker. Kansas State can key their success to their depth. They’re a balanced scoring team, which shares the ball and is very physical. Kansas State shoots 48 percent from the field, and 37 percent from beyond the arc.

Jacob Pullen leads the team in scoring with 19.8, Curtis Kelly leads the team in rebounding with 6.3, and Denis Clemente leads the team in assist with 3.9 a game.

This Season MVP so far is Jacob Pullen

Decade in review: Kansas State was a pretty good program, during the decade they’re 161-127 in counting. They scored 20,449 total points, and grabbed 10,712 rebounds with averages of 71.0 points, and 37.1 rebounds per game.

Kansas State had many stand-out players during the decade; Michael Beasley, Bill Walker, Jeremiah Massey, Larry Reid, Cartier Martin and more. Kansas State had one NCAA tournament bid, six Big 12 Tournament Bid’s and two National Invitational tournament bids, three coaching changes, two Big Eight/12 Newcomer’s of the Year, one Big Eight/12 Player of the Year, 14 All-Conference Big 12 Players, one First Team All-American, and more.

Player of the Decade: Michael Beasley

National Player of the Year

Nasmith Player of the Year

John R. Wooden Player of the Year

National Freshman of the Year

Pete Newell Big Man of the Year

All-American First Team

All-Conference Big 12 First Team

Big Eight/12 Player of the Year