Preview: Kansas State Wildcats

Wildcats must find a way to replace production of Rodney McGruder

Updated: October 24, 2013, 2:51 PM ET
By Ken Pomeroy | ESPN Insider

Bruce WeberScott Sewell/USA TODAY SportsBruce Weber is facing a tougher challenge in his second season with a lack of senior production.

Kansas State Wildcats

2012-13: 27-8 (14-4)
In-conference offense: 1.12 points per possession (2nd)
In-conference defense: 1.02 points per possession (5th)

When Bruce Weber took over at Kansas State last year, he inherited a talented and experienced roster. In his debut season, Weber guided that team to a share of the Big 12 regular-season title and a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. But his job gets a lot more challenging in his second season with the Wildcats. First, Kansas State has to replace the production of senior Rodney McGruder, who started every game his last three seasons in Manhattan and developed into a reliable scoring option. Weber will also have to deal with a major question mark at point guard since Angel Rodriguez decided transferred to Miami (Fla.) after last season.

Additionally, the departure of 6-foot-11 Jordan Henriquez (who was a senior last season) and the transfer of 6-10 Adrian Diaz means that K-State will have to play small up front since no one on the roster stands taller than 6-8. Perhaps that isn't a big concern: Diaz and Henriquez combined to play barely half the available minutes in the post last season. And D.J. Johnson at 6-8 and Thomas Gipson at 6-7 possess the ability to rebound like much taller players, especially on the offensive end.