X-Factor: Xavier Sneed takes reins as 1 of 2 returning starters for K-State

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Posted at 7:32 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 20:39:45-04

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State is one of your reigning Big 12 co-champs in men's basketball. Remember that?

The Wildcats and Texas Tech dethroned the Kansas Jayhawks last season.

Now, it's time for an encore.

Problem is, Bruce Weber's squad lost a lot: Barry Brown, Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes with two of those three signing NBA contracts.

The next wave must step forward in Manhattan, and it's led by senior forward Xavier Sneed.

"Xavier is, if not the best in the league, he's definitely up there," K-State men's basketball coach Bruce Weber. "And I'm talking about in the country."

The senior guard is known as much for his defensive prowess as for his offensive exploits, but he's fine with that.

"I pride myself in stopping somebody," Sneed said. "I wouldn't care on the offensive end. I care about shutting somebody else out rather than scoring points so."

K-State begins exhibition play Oct. 25 at home against Emporia State.