Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Xavier Sneed Has Strong Showing for K-State Basketball on European Tour

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Xavier Sneed Has Strong Showing for K-State Basketball on European Tour

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MANHATTAN -- Xavier Sneed proved to himself and his Kansas State basketball teammates that he will be a factor in his freshman season.

Sneed was highly-regarded as a four-star prospect in the K-State recruiting class, and on the Wildcats' recent exhibition tour of Italy and Switzerland the 6-foot-5 forward from St. Louis put his skill and toughness on display.

"He has a high motor," senior Wesley Iwundu said of Sneed. "He can do pretty much everything coach asks him to do. He brings a lot of athleticism on the defensive and offensive ends. He'll be a big help to us."

Sneed answered a few questions in his own mind as the Wildcats posted a 3-2 record on the 12-day European tour.

"The first game I had some jitters, but now I know I can play on this level I feel really confident that I can come in and have an impact on the game," Sneed said. "I learned that I have to work on my craft: My shooting ability, especially moving off the ball. I have to get better at that.

"My game and the way I play, kind of a slasher-type style, really fits in with this team. I'm very excited, knowing that I can play on this level."

Sneed showed in a loss to the Kosovo National Team that he won't back down from a physical challenge.

"He plays with such great energy and he competes," coach Bruce Weber said. "He even got in a little tussle with one of the Kosovo players. He's wired. He's got some energy and drive. He wants to be very good and he plays hard all the time. It makes it easy on a coach when you don't have to teach that."

Weber went on the court to restrain Sneed before the confrontation became too serious.

"I was cool," Sneed said. "We were on a comeback and I guess I was bugging them on the defensive end so he (opposing player) got mad, but I was cool."

In review, Weber said the trip provided the benefits he hoped the team would achieve. …

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