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Jerome Tang on Nae’Quan Tomlin: ‘He’s Got as Much Talent as Anyone I’ve Coached’

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Kansas State

Kansas State forward Nae’Quan Tomlin is one of the most athletic players in the country, and head coach Jerome Tang spoke on Tomlin’s potential by saying, “He’s got as much talent as anyone I’ve coached.”

The junior from Harlem is a genetic specimen, standing at 6-foot-10 with ball handling and shooting attributes similar to Kevin Durant in his time at Texas. While Tomlin hasn’t lit up the score sheet consistently this season, his 10.2 PPG is third highest for the Kansas State Wildcats.


Tomlin has been both effective and a bit of a defensive liability at times this season, but when Tomlin has been able to stay on the court the Cats have been unbeatable. In games that Tomlin has logged 33 minutes or more this season, K-State is a perfect 6-0.

Tang spoke about Tomlin candidly this season, being honest about some of the struggles the team has seen from Tomlin by saying, “The adjustment to Division I basketball actually went pretty quick for Nae’Qwan, but then the adjustment to scouting reports kind of took a toll on him. He’s working on how to work consistently, and that’s going to help his game. We’ve seen him be really good and then really bad. We just need him to continue to develop the same old boring habits and build a consistent work ethic.”

The Wildcats have found a gem in Nae’Quan Tomlin, and while he has struggled to rebound this season, he will be tasked with trying to slow down the best rebounder in the country in Kentucky’s Oscar Tschiebwe.

The clash between the Wildcats takes place Sunday afternoon at 1:40 PM CT in a game that features one of the four remaining Big 12 teams. Look for Tomlin to put the world on notice.

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