Sneed's most exciting contribution occurred near the 4:00
mark of the first half. The 6-foot-5 Wildcat timed up a Barry
Brown 3-point miss perfectly, throwing down a put-back dunk
with one hand.
"The first half, he came out great,"
Stokes said. "He was making shots; he was the only one that
was really making threes, and he was just playing with a lot
of energy that we needed at that time."
Sneed to only two points in the second half but he found other
ways to give his team chances to win. Sneed picked up three of
his assists in the second half, two of which either gave
K-State the lead or tied the game. Additionally, his five
second-half rebounds all came in the game's final
"I've emphasized to him quite a bit that he's got
to rebound," K-State head coach Bruce Weber said. "He has to
help us with boards, and obviously with seven defensive
boards, eight (total), he's athletic enough that he can do
Through 10 games, Sneed has proven capable of
giving K-State much more than a year ago. He's increased his
scoring average from 7.1 as a freshman to 11.4 this year, and
he has doubled his steals production, from 0.9 to 1.8. Not to
mention, Sneed's 24 assists this season have already surpassed
his 22 from all of last season. He's also shooting 92 percent
(23-of-25) from the free throw line.
"I think he's as
improved as anybody in the league, maybe in the country,"
Weber said earlier this season. "He's worked at it hard. His
maturity level is so much improved from a year ago. And I
think he'll get better."
Weber credited Sneed's
maturity as a player to two key experiences.
was the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament appearance last season in
Sacramento, California, where Weber said Sneed returned with a
different mindset. The second was his
trip to Belize in August through Sports Reach.
came back from the NCAA trip, we all met, and before I said
anything he said, 'I understand coach. I know what it's about
now. I know what I have to do,'" Weber recalled. "After the
Belize trip that he took in August, he started sending back
text messages to the players, to the coaches, and just had a
better appreciation for life and opportunity. I think that's
all added up."
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