March 22, 2007

Hardwood Analysis: Year End Awards

The 2006-07 season is in the books for Kansas State, and what a memorable season it was. The Wildcats, who had never finished higher than seventh in the Big 12 Conference heading into the year, earned a 10-6 league record and fourth place finish on their way to an NIT appearance, the program's first postseason berth since 1999. It's now time to give out a little hardware while also taking a looking back at Cartier Martin and the Cats' season.

Most Valuable Player
Senior Cartier Martin and junior David Hoskins
Picking two for this award may be the easy way out, but it just seemed unfair to choose Martin over Hoskins or vice versa.

Martin, a 6-foot-7 Houston native, finished the year averaging 17.1 points and 4.4 rebounds a contest after a slow start that saw him average 12.6 points and 3.0 rebounds through K-State's first five contests. He had a number of memorable performances in conference play, most notably a 27-point outing in K-State's win at Texas and his first ever 30-point game on Senior Day against Oklahoma.

The 6-foot-5 Hoskins did virtually everything Bob Huggins could have asked for on his way to scoring 14.5 points and grabbing 5.9 rebounds an outing. Hoskins' lack of size in the post was rarely an issue as he topped the 20-point mark eight times, including a 24-point effort in K-State's season-ending loss to DePaul.

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