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Fast Track
Charlie's Inside Corner
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LARNED — Dennan Morrow is on a fast track to a coaching position at a big-time college basketball program.
Morrow, a 2008 graduate of Larned High School, was a sharp-shooting guard for his father Wayne Morrow’s outstanding Indians teams.
He later moved on to Barton County Community College, where he parlayed his 3-point shooting accuracy into a number of records that still stand.
Morrow is tied for the lead for most 3-point field goals made in one game with nine. He also holds the accuracy record at Barton for the best percentage shot on 3-point attempts.
He nailed all six of his attempts against Cloud County in 2010, the same year he drained nine against Colby.
Morrow helped the Barton Cougars to a 28-5 record and a Western Conference title as a freshman in 2008-09 before averaging 9.0 points as team captain in 2009-10.
In one year at Southwestern, he averaged nearly nine points and 2.4 rebounds enroute to earning NAIA Academic All-America honors.
Currently, Morrow is a graduate student manager for the Kansas State men’s basketball team under the leadership of head coach Bruce Weber. He previously spent two years as a student manager.
His duties are to assist in the breakdown of game video and in gathering scouting information and helping to coordinate film exchange. He also works in recruiting and travel.
He is pursuing a master’s degree in College Student Personnel and Intercollegiate Athletics with a goal of becoming a full-time college coach.
With Kansas State off to a terrific start this season, even more attention gets put on the coaching staff, and head coach Bruce Weber has always had a diverse and talented bunch of assistants.
So the next time you tune in to a Kansas State basketball game that’s on television, take special note of all of the good-looking young men dressed in suits who are paying special attention to all of the little details surrounding the players and the head coach during those timeouts.
They are the information guys, helping the head coach make decisions. They’ll probably be wearing purple ties.
Watch out for Dennan Morrow but you’d better look quick. He’s on a fast track.

CHALK TALK — Next week high school boys’ basketball teams take a break from conference brawls to play in various mid-winter tournaments. Great Bend boys will be in El Dorado for the Bluestem Classic, which this year features a pretty balanced field. Larned will join several other area teams for one of the more competitive tournaments in the St. John Lions Club Mid-Winter Classic. Host St.John will be a prohibitive favorite, but there are several other very solid teams, including Larned, that could make a run ... HERE COMES THE BIG MAN! Mark Mangino is back in the Big 12 as Offensive Coordinator at Iowa State. Will he have a little revenge in mind when they tangle with Kansas on Nov. 8? Hardly, Mangino says, “This is my fourth Big 12 University. I can’t make every one of those the ‘special’ game.” ... This is a year when the “Bluebloods” of college basketball are taking it on the chin a little more than normal. Welcome to parity! ... Former general manager of the Orlando Magic, Pat Williams, commenting on his teams’ dismal record: “We can’t win on the road and we can’t win at home. I just can’t figure out where else to play.”

Charles Tabler is a contributing writer from Larned