Kansas State coach Bruce Weber smiles at a question during Big 12 NCAA basketball media day in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Orlin Wagner AP
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber smiles at a question during Big 12 NCAA basketball media day in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Orlin Wagner AP

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How a Panera Bread cashier helped Bruce Weber motivate K-State basketball players

By Kellis Robinett

krobinett@wichitaeagle.com

November 21, 2016 9:35 AM

Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber used a compliment from a Panera Bread cashier to motivate the Wildcats before they defeated Hampton 89-67 on Sunday.

The cashier told Weber she thought K-State had a versatile basketball roster, filled with many capable scorers. He thought enough of the praise to pass it along to players before they took the court against the Pirates.

They responded with a good effort. Wesley Iwundu scored a career-high 23 points, Barry Brown added 16, Xavier Sneed had 15 and Kamau Stokes had 13. Dean Wade was also pretty good, finishing with eight points and eight rebounds.

I mentioned the Panera compliment on Twitter last night, and got several requests for Weber’s full quote on the topic. Requests granted.

Here you go:

“We have versatile guys and that is our strength,” Weber said Sunday. “I told the guys this: I went to Panera last night to get some soup for my wife and the girl at the checkout said, ‘My dad and I were watching the game and you guys have so much versatility, so many weapons. It’s going to be hard to scout.’

“It was a great point. I told our players that. That should be our strength. That should be one of our prides. One day it is Xavier (Sneed). One day it is Wesley (Iwundu). It could be Kamau (Stokes) or Barry (Brown).”

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Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett

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