October 24, 2007

Martin's young Cats learning to run

From the moment Kansas State coach Frank Martin took the podium at Wednesday's basketball media day, it was clear that development would be the theme of the 2007 season. Whether it's a touted group of newcomers developing into Division I athletes, veterans stepping up as team leaders, or a first time head coach evolving into a Big 12 caliber motivator, Martin made it clear that this talented K-State team has a lot of growing to do.

"We've had 10 practices now, and one thing that's obvious is that we're extremely young," Martin said in his opening statement. "We have so many first-year players that have never stepped on the court against a Big 12 team. It's not their fault, but relying on freshman is always a tough task."

The freshmen that Martin and his staff will rely on to return K-State basketball to national prominence were not permitted to speak with the media Monday. It was a move that Martin says is a product of their inexperience. The first-year K-State coach also told reporters that his newcomers would not be available until after they experience a Division I game first hand.

"That's going to be my policy forever and ever," Martin said of his choice to restrict his newcomers from speaking. "Those kids have never stepped foot on the court to represent this university. How do they know what to say about our basketball team?"

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