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K-State’s Kamau Stokes embodies grit Wildcats need — with or without Dean Wade

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber will tell you he hopes and prays star senior forward Dean Wade will be able to return for the NCAA Tournament. Couldn’t want him back more, really.

But given the unsettling vagueness of Wade’s status because of the “discomfort in his foot” that stranded him in a boot during his team’s Big 12 Tournament game Thursday, Weber rather preferred the idea of K-State playing without him here.

And he had a point.

“Because if we don’t have him next week, I want to have that experience … ,” Weber said in a Sprint Center corridor after the Wildcats fended off TCU 70-61 to set up a semifinal meeting Friday against Iowa State.