After a long recruiting process, 2013 Hirschi (Tex.) combo guard Marcus Foster ended his recruitment. Foster was one of the first prospects that the new staff targeted with Alvin Brooks III being the lead recruiter. Foster came to K-State this weekend for an official visit with a college decision looming. The 6-3 guard narrowed his list down and planned to visit Creighton before making his decision. Monday morning came and he changed his mind. The scoring guard announced his commitment to Kansas State over Creighton.
He joined Hamilton Heights (Ind.) small forward Alex Etherington as the only other player in Kansas State’s 2013 recruiting class.
California, SMU, Lehigh and Oklahoma were some of the schools that offered Foster before he narrowed it down. He also had some other high major programs interested but opted against them to attend K-State. The recruiting process was long and tiring, and Foster is just excited that it’s over. “Very [excited]. It was cool when I was younger but after my last live period, it got stressful,” Foster said of ending his recruitment. “I’m happy and know I made the right decision.”
Foster, headed into his senior season, could see himself rise into the national rankings. Currently, no recruiting service has ranked Foster and that’s because he’s a late bloomer. This summer, with the Dallas Mustangs AAU team, many saw a new Foster with a re-vamped game. He’s up to around 200-pounds and added plenty of new dimensions to his game. He’s known for his scoring ability, but he can do much more than that.
He has a great work ethic and that evident when you look at his progression from sophomore to junior year. As a sophomore, he averaged 16.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assist and 2.5 steals per game. As a junior, Foster improved in every statistical category. He averaged 24.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.4 assist and 2.6 steals per game, while leading his team to a 23-7 record. During the season, he scored 40 points, scored 30-plus seven times and recorded a triple-double of 16 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assist.
His major improvement to his overall game was one of the many reasons so many coaches caught on during the July live period. His game is still developing and he’ll certainly be an impact player in head coach Bruce Weber’s system. This was something that appealed to him when deciding and he feels like he can blossom in the system. “Good. I like the style they play,” he said. “I think I could do big things.”
With his developing game, I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Foster yet. He has the intangibles of a lead guard and scoring ability of a wing. He has a high basketball IQ, which is why most believe he could play the point guard position and should once he starts his career at Kansas State.
Kansas State picked up a developing guard, who could turn out to be a really great player. He chose K-State for many reasons and academics was one of them. “The men’s basketball academic advisor was great [and] with her I would definitely get my degree,” Foster said. “Also, the fans love basketball, [and] on top of that I had a good relationship with all the coaches.”
Foster is very tight with Rowlett High School (Tex.) and Dallas Mustangs wing Jeffrey Carroll. Carroll also holds an offer from Kansas State and was on an official visit to the campus with Foster. He didn’t commit following the visit but Foster has made it clear that he wants Carroll to be his teammate at K-State. He does plan to help recruit Carroll but only to a certain extent. “Yes, definitely,” he said when asked if he was going to recruit Carroll to K-State. “But, I’m not going to pressure him to come because I want him to make the right decision.”