K-State Junior Xavier Sneed to Test NBA Draft Process


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior guard Xavier Sneed has announced his intention to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft with the option to return to school by the May 29 deadline.

K-State Basketball can be heard on Classic Country FM 94.1 & 1570 AM KNDY in Northeast Kansas and Classic Hits 106.7 FM & 1530 AM KQNK in Northwest Kansas.

A 6-foot-5, 220-pound three-year lettermen from St. Louis, Missouri, Sneed can start attending workouts scheduled by NBA teams beginning Tuesday and is eligible to compete in the NBA Draft Combine, if selected, from Wednesday-Saturday, May 15-19 in Chicago. Under current NCAA rules, he has until May 29 (10 days after the draft combine) to withdraw from the draft and return his college eligibility. This year’s NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

An All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, Sneed was one of the Wildcats’ most talented all-around players, ranking among the team’s Top 4 in scoring (10.6 ppg.), rebounding (5.5 rpg.), assists (1.9 apg.), steals (1.4 spg.) and minutes (30.7 mpg.). He connected on 39.6 percent (118-of-298) from the field, including 34.6 percent (54-of-156) from 3-point range, and shot 67 percent (59-of-88) from the free throw line. He scored in double figures in 18 games, including a season-tying 19 points in wins over West Virginia and TCU.

The school’s latest 1,000-point scorer after eclipsing the mark in the NCAA Tournament, Sneed has averaged 9.6 points on 41.2 percent (337-of-818) shooting, including 34.4 percent (157-of-457) from 3-point range, in 105 career games with 72 starts, to go with 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He already ranks in the school’s career Top 10 in 3-point field goals (157/9th) and steals (137/4th).

In helping K-State to the Elite Eight as a sophomore in 2017-18, Sneed averaged 11.1 points on 41.7 percent (141-of-338) shooting, including 34.4 percent (65-of-189) from 3-point range, to go with 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals in starting in all 37 games. He was selected to NCAA South Regional All-Tournament after averaging 19.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in games against No. 18 Kentucky and Loyola Chicago.

K-State posted a 25-9 overall record in 2018-19, which included winning a share of the Big 12 regular-season title with a 14-4 mark and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season. It was just the seventh 25-win season in school history and the first in consecutive seasons. The Wildcats finished the year in the Top 25 in both major polls, including 19th in the final USA Today Coaches poll.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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