October 25, 2006

Man at work

Kansas State coach Bob Huggins believes that for a team to be successful its best player must also be its hardest worker. Such was the case with All-American Kenyon Martin and a number of other star players under Huggins at Cincinnati, so Wildcat fans should be relieved with the answer Huggins gave on Wednesday when asked who had impressed him the most since K-State opened practice.

"From a work standpoint, from day one to now, it's been Cartier (Martin). He's worked hard. He's really tried to be a leader," Huggins said. "He's been really good. Dave (Hoskins) has been good, but maybe not as consistent as Cartier has been."

Junior walk-on Ryan Patzwald, who played under Huggins at Cincinnati, knows full well what Huggins expects out of his top player. Patzwald believes that Martin fits that bill.

"He competes every day. Everyone works hard, but Cartier…he works hard," Patzwald said. "Like Huggs says, for your team to be good your best player has to be the hardest worker, and he does that."

Cartier Martin certainly proved his worth as a player last season. Essentially an unanimous second-team All-Big 12 selection, Martin finished his junior season averaging 18 points and 6.6 rebounds a game.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Houston native was one of only three Big 12 players, along with Texas' P.J. Tucker and Texas A&M's Joseph Jones, to finish among the top 10 in the league in scoring, rebounding, double-doubles, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage.

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