K-State men’s basketball dismisses Foster, Harris; Thomas to transfer

Sophomore guard Marcus Foster navigates through defenders on Jan. 27, 2015 at Bramlage Coliseum. Foster lead the team in points with 15 during the game against West Virginia. (Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

K-State men’s basketball will be without their most prolific scorer next season, as well as another starter and a role player.

Tuesday night, K-State Athletics announced via a press release that sophomore guard Marcus Foster and freshman guard Tre Harris have been dismissed from the program, citing the inability to live up to program standards. Sophomore guard Jevon Thomas, meanwhile, has elected to forgo his final two seasons as a Wildcat and transfer.

“Marcus and Tre have been unable to live up to the standards that we expect of our players,” K-State head coach Bruce Weber said in the statement. “It is a privilege to represent Kansas State University and there are consequences when players don’t live up to those expectations. Hopefully they will learn from this experience and make the necessary progress to continue their basketball careers elsewhere.”

Harris and Thomas were already expected to leave the program after ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported on their decisions Tuesday morning. It was not known at that time, however, that Harris was dismissed or that Foster was included in the dismissal.

Foster led K-State in scoring over the past two seasons, averaging 14.1 points per game. This past season, his averaged dipped slightly to 12.5 points per game. Foster was named All-Big 12 Second Team by the Associated Press after his freshman season, and was voted to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team by the league’s coaches.

Harris appeared in 21 games during his freshman campaign, but started just once, averaging 3.8 points per game as a 3-point specialist.

Thomas leaves via transfer after appearing in 52 games as a Wildcat. He averaged 4.5 points and 3.3 assists per game this season to bump his career average up to 3.7 points and 3.0 assists per game.

Foster and Thomas were each suspended during the 2014-15 season, though on separate occasions. Foster, along with freshman forward Malek Harris, missed three games due to suspension in February. Thomas missed one game before being reinstated prior to the Big 12 Tournament in March.