Mar 25, 2020 8:45 PM

Cartier Diarra is leaving the K-State basketball program

Posted Mar 25, 2020 8:45 PM

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State guard Cariter Diarra is leaving the basketball program with the intention of turning professional. Diarra is leaving open the option of transferring to another school for his senior season.

Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said in a statement Thursday that his leading primary ball-handler and second-leading scorer will graduate this spring. That would allow Diarra to play elsewhere next season without having to redshirt.

“Cartier has informed me of his desire to test his pro basketball opportunities with the option to transfer to another school for his final season of eligibility. I’m supportive of Cartier’s decision and appreciate the time he has given this program the last four years. He has been a part of many great moments here. We look forward to him graduating this spring and pursuing his dream of playing pro basketball."

Diarra was often seen at odds with Weber during a difficult season in Manhattan though both brushed off their verbal spats as simply heat-of-the-moment situations.

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Ball wraps up career with best win percentage in Tiger wrestling history

HAYS, Kan. - Fort Hays State senior wrestler Brandon Ball wrapped up his career with the best winning percentage in program history, coming away victorious in 85.5 percent of his bouts.

The Great Bend, Kan. native wrapped up his illustrious career with an overall record of 130-22, including an incredible 44-3 record over the last two seasons. He was a four-time national qualifier, placing as high as fourth as a junior while earning a pair of All-America honors.

Ball was a three-time MIAA champion at 141 pounds, winning the conference tournament as a sophomore before earning the dual meet title each of the last two years. He also won a pair of regional titles, placing first in the West Super Regional as a redshirt-freshman before winning the Super Region 4 title as a junior.

He also excelled in the classroom, earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a junior while being named a finalist for the MIAA's Ken B. Jones Award, an award annually given to the conference's student-athlete of the year. Ball received the MIAA Scholar-Athlete Award four times alongside three NWCA All-Academic Team recognitions.

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