Kansas State new head basketball coach, Bruce Webber, received his second commitment for the class of 2013 from Marcus Foster of Wichita Falls, Texas. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound shooting guard, a senior at Hirschi High School, gave the staff his verbal pledge while on campus over the weekend.
"It was Saturday night in Coach Webber's office," said Marcus Foster. "I told him I thought I could really benefit from being part of the program and was ready to commit. We were both happy about it.
"I really liked the academics [at Kansas State]. The tutor I met was amazing. There's no doubt in my mind that I can get my degree with her support. I love the coaching staff. I went to some game when Coach Martin was there and saw that the Wildcats fans love basketball a lot. Playing at a college with passionate fans is what I was looking for."
Last season at Hirschi, Foster averaged 24.2 points-per-game, 9.8 rebounds-per-game, 4.4 assists-per-game, 2.6 steals-per-game, and 1.2 blocks-per-game over the course of a 30-game season. He shot 56-percent form the field, 40-percent from behind the arc, and 73-percent from the charity stripe. He was named M.V.P. of his district, Red River M.V.P. in his area, and All-State in Texas 3A. He lead the Huskies to a 23-7 record and to the regional quarterfinals.
"The [Kansas State] coaches liked how I can score in a variety of ways," Foster said. "They love my motor on D, how I jump around and my intensity. They recruited me as a combination guard playing either the one or the two."
Foster chose Kansas State over offers from Cal-Berkeley, Creighton, Lehigh, Oklahoma, and SMU. His recruiter was Alvin Brooks III. Now that he's committed he'll turn his focus to his senior season at Hirschi.
"I had a pretty good season," said Foster, "but it didn't end how I wanted it to. They're all hoping I set the school scoring record next season, but my only goal is winning a state championship. I've been doing a lot of work over the summer on my ball handling. Being a little undersized at the two-guard, I think that will help my game especially when they put me at the one."
This summer, Foster played in various tournaments with his AAU team, the Dallas Mustangs. This will be Foster's third season as a starter for the Huskies. Foster also competes in the high jump with a personal best of 6-feet, 2-inches. His best vertical jump is 38-inches. The Huskies will start their 2012-2013 season in mid-November.