Freshman Marcus Foster was named the Wayman TisdaleNational Freshman of the Week for the second time this season on Tuesday afterhis season-high 34-point effort in the win over No. 15/18 Texas.
Foster was chosen for the weekly honor by CBSSports.com's JeffBorzello in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Thisseason marks the first time a weekly national freshman of the week will beselected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 25, a standout first-year player willbe selected for the honor.
Foster is the fifth Big 12 freshman to earn the weeklynational honor this season, including the fifth in the last six weeks.
Named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for thesecond time on Monday, Foster scored a season-high 34 points in the 74-57 winover the Longhorns, as he connected on 13-of-16 field goals, including 5-of-8from 3-point range. The 13 field goals and the five 3-pointers were bothseason-highs. He also added three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes. His34 points were the most by a Wildcat since Jacob Pullen scored 38 pointsagainst Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2011 and the most by atrue freshman since Beasley posted 39 points against Kansas on March 1, 2008.
Foster is the fifth Wildcat true freshman to record a30-point game, joining Mike Evans, Curtis Redding, NorrisColeman and Beasley.
A 6-foot-2, 200-pound rookie, Foster collected his fourth20-point game in five games on Monday night in helping the Wildcats to an 85-82overtime win over No. 7/7 Kansas before a sold-out Bramlage Coliseum. He scoreda game-high 20 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range,to go with a 6-of-7 effort from the free throw line, with two rebounds and onesteal in 36 minutes of action. His effort against Kansas did not count towardsthis week's award.
A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Foster is one of only twoplayers to start every game this season, as he paces the team in a number ofcategories, including scoring (15.0 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (19),field goals (123) and 3-point field goals (54), while he is among the Top 5 inrebounding, assists, blocks, steals and minutes.
Foster already holds the K-State freshman record for 3-pointfield goals (54), while he is currently second in field goal percentage, sixthin points (359) and seventh in field goals (123) among Wildcat rookies inschool history.
Kansas State (17-7, 7-4 Big 12) hits the road this weekend,as the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas to take on Baylor (14-9, 2-8 Big 12) onSaturday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
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