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Kansas State Wildcats: Wally Judge Is The New Big Man On Campus

LAWRENCE, KS - MARCH 03:  Wally Judge #33 of the Kansas State Wildcats gestures after sinking a three-pointer during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on March 3, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Afrikka BambataaContributor IMarch 8, 2010

Wally Judge began his stay at Kansas State this season and has been presented with the opportunity to spark this front court.

Wally Judge came into KSU, known as a dominating player after being featured in the ESPNU 100 and nabbed as a McDonald's All-American.

We all knew he possessed strong offensive talent. He has exceptional size and knows how to move his feet in the post very well. He can step out and shoot relatively well for a man of his size, and possesses great leaping ability.

He can bring you defensive intensity in the post. Have some of the quickest hands I have seen on a Kansas State big man in a while. On the offensive end, he doesn't have to always have his back towards the basket. He is known for the face up, where he shows off his dribbling skills to either get to the rim and finish or knock down the post jumper from the side.

This season Wally Judge was what I call a "reliever." When front court players needed a rest, Wally would step in and play the role. He was a high-energy man so no matter how long you kept him on the court; he was still going to play inspired basketball. 

With Wally in the game you can always expect him to go after the loose balls, and do all the little things right to get the Wildcats a basket.

Just today the whole Wildcat organization was notified about the player awards in the Big 12. Although Judge wasn't mentioned in any category, he is a freshman to look out for. This season he hasn't played to his full ability. One reason is his lack of playing time.

Yeah I know it sounds like I’m making excuses for the player but when presented with minutes you will get a lot out of Wally Judge.

In one of their recent games against soon number one Kansas, he had the duties of holding center Cole Aldrich. In that game Wally held the center relatively well. He held Cole shooting under his season average, while playing very physical on the center down low. If I’m Frank Martin, I don't mind the fouls on Judge. It shows you how physical he was playing against the All-American center.

In that game he also showed his leaping ability. Off a missed shot, Wally Judge followed it up with a vicious put-back dunk.

I don't know about you, but this sounds like a future superstar to me.

Wally is such a capable and skilled post guy, with time he is going to start using his size down-low to make him un-stoppable.

With talent on the Kansas State frontcourt Wally Judge was not able to showcase his whole arsenal, although the departure of Colon will open up minutes for 6'10'' forward.

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