Wally Judge quits K-State basketball team

Kansas forward Markieff Morris battles for a rebound with Kansas State forward Wally Judge during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Markieff Morris battles for a rebound with Kansas State forward Wally Judge during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

— Kansas State coach Frank Martin says forward Wally Judge has quit the team.

Martin announced the departure of the 6-foot-9 sophomore Monday afternoon, quoting Judge as saying he was unhappy.

Judge had been in and out of the Wildcats lineup this season.

He played in 17 of Kansas State’s 22 games, averaging 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 15.2 minutes. He started 11 games early in the season, but missed five for personal or disciplinary reasons.

Martin said he wasn’t surprised.

“I kind of saw it coming with some of his emotional situations,” Martin said at his regularly scheduled news conference. “He just has not been enjoying it. He told me today that he thinks it’s time for a change.”

Judge played 17 minutes in Saturday’s 90-66 loss at then-No. 6 Kansas, scoring five points and grabbing two rebounds before fouling out.

His departure is the latest tremor in what started as a promising year for the Wildcats (14-8, 2-5 Big 12), who began as preseason favorites to win the conference but now rank only above 1-6 Iowa State in Big 12 play.

Freddy Asprilla, a 6-10 junior-college transfer and Colombia native who had been expected to add heft and offense inside this year, abruptly quit the program in early January.

The Wildcats are 5-6 overall since Dec. 21, when senior guard and acknowledged team leader Jacob Pullen was suspended for three games and forward Curtis Kelly for six after questions were raised about clothing they had obtained at a Manhattan department store.

Kansas State won a school-record 29 games last year and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.