2022 Record: 26-10 (11-7)
Head Coach: Jerome Tang (Career Record 26-10)
PG: Tylor Perry (North Texas 17.3 Pts, 3.4 Reb, 2.1 Ast)
SG: Cam Carter (6.5 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 1.4 Ast)
SF: Nae’Qwan Tomlin (10.4 Pts, 5.9 Reb, 1.2 Ast)
PF: Arthur Kaluma (Creighton 11.8 Pts, 6.0 Reb, 1.6 Ast)
C: David N’Guessan (6.4 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 0.8 Ast)
6: PG Ques Glover (Samford 14.7 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 2.1 Ast)
7: SG RJ Jones
8: PG Dai Dai Ames
9: SF Taj Manning (RS)
10: PF Will McNair (Mississippi State 3.3 Pts, 3.3 Reb, 0.4 Ast)
11: SF Macaleab Rich
12: SG Dorian Finister (2.0 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 1.2 Ast)
13: C Jerrell Colbert (2021-22 LSU 0.5 Pts, 1.3 Reb, 0.5 Ast)
Kansas State brings back starters SG Cam Carter, PF Nae’Qwan Tomlin, and C David N’Guessan. Carter has a chance to be one of the breakout players in the conference this season. He’ll score more than he did last season and he was also a great asset on the defensive side of the ball. Carter started all 36 games last season averaging just shy of 7PPG. The stats last year weren’t eye-popping but he was still a major factor to the success. Tomlin is a player that has a unique skillset. The former JUCO star has an amazing motor for his size. He can play above the rim and also stretch it to the perimeter. N’Guessan is another player who made a tremendous impact on the defensive end for Kansas State last season. The former Virginia Tech transfer showed improvement this past season during his first year at KSU. Also returning to the program is sophomore SG Dorian Finister who saw minimal action last season.
Jerome Tang and Co took to the transfer portal where they were able to land stud players PF Arthur Kaluma and PG Tylor Perry. Kaluma comes to Kansas State after 2 very impressive years at Creighton where he showcased his talents on both sides of the ball and showed that the NBA could be in his future. Kaluma has room to grow with his shooting from beyond the arc as well. Tylor Perry is a very exciting player on offense. The 5-11 guard is a career 41% three point shooter. He also excels on the defensive side of the ball as well. Perry was the primary perimeter defender on a North Texas team that was Top 20 nationally defensively.
The other transfers that Kansas State signed this offseason came late in the process. PF Will McNair from Mississippi State was originally committed to Providence before flipping to Kansas State. McNair is very big at 6-11 265lbs. He can be a depth piece off the bench at the center spot for the Wildcats next season. McNair also previously played for New Mexico State and followed Coach Chris Jans to Mississippi State last season. Ques Glover is a solid backup PG piece for Kansas State. Glover started his career at Florida where he struggled but did show some bright spots. At Samford the last 2 seasons, Glover was a star and scored the ball at a high volume. He has consistently improved his three point shooter over the course of his career as well. Glover was committed to BYU before ultimately flipping his commitment to Kansas State.
Kansas State also brings back redshirts Taj Manning and Jerrell Colbert. Manning was ranked as the #180 prospect in the class of 2022. He could be a factor this season after taking a redshirt year for development. Jerrell Colbert was at LSU as a freshman where he played sparingly in 4 games. He transferred to Kansas State last year and redshirted his first season with the program. Kansas State also signed 3 freshman in the class of 2023. PG Dai Dai Ames from Chicago is ranked as the #64 prospect according to 247sports and figures to be apart of the rotation this season. SG RJ Jones out of Texas is ranked as the #77 player in the class. Finally, forward Macaleab Rich out of Illinois is ranked as the #106 player in the class.
Kansas State had a dream season last year. They came into the year with fairly low expectations picked last in the conference by many preseason and ended up making the Elite 8. The Wildcats have a lot to replace after losing their best players Marquis Nowell and Keyontae Johnson this offseason. Jerome Tang and staff replaced the lost pieces very well. It will still be difficult to replicate what they did last season. Kansas State will still be a very good team. They should finish in the 4th-6th range in the standings which should still be good enough to be the Wildcats a top 4 seed in March.