Ever since head coach Gregg Marshall took over the Wichita State hoops program back in 2007, he has helped transform the Shockers from mid-major upstart, to NCAA Tournament Cinderella, to one of the college ranks most successful programs, winning 25 or more games for 6 straight seasons and making deep NCAA Tourney runs in 4 consecutive seasons.
The Shockers have won 30+ games 3 years running and have posted an impressive 95-15 record during that span, losing just 1 game to Kentucky in 2013(35-1) and making a Final Four appearance back in 2012.
In addition to being a daring in game manager and X’s and O’s savant, Marshall has recruited well, plucking under the radar gems like Cleanthony Early, now with the New York Knicks, as well as current collegiate stars like Fred Van Vleet and Ron Baker, who are consensus Preseason All Americans as seniors.
It has been well documented how Marshall has spurned several high major offers from schools like Texas and Alabama this offseason to remain at the helm of WSU for the foreseeable future and the 2015-2016 has the potential to be one of his best.
Along with bonafide stars like Van Vleet and Baker, the Shockers boast tons of talent featuring senior forward Evan Wessel and Kansas transfer Connor Frankamp, one of the nation’s best sharpshooters.
But his secret weapon just might be recently committed freshman CJ Keyser, who has some major ups, despite being just a 3 star combo guard, who had offers from Maryland, Georgetown, and Colorado State before signing his LOI with Wichita State. CJ Keyser, a 6’3 swingman reminds many of former Indiana standout Victor Oladipo, now witht he Orlando Magic.
It appears as if the Shockers’ recent success has begun to pay off on the recruiting trail as CJ Keyser could make an immediate impact, especially after bearing witness to his amazing vertical leap, as he literally “kisses the rim” in this video……………..
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.