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Shockers receive three letters of intent, await fourth

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at 5:15 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at 9:12 a.m.

By early Wednesday evening, Wichita State's men's basketball team had received three of its four expected letters of intent.

Houston Klein Forest forward Derail Green completed his paperwork early Wednesday morning. Sullivan (N.Y) Community College forward Cleanthony Early followed soon after. Rockford (Ill.) Auburn guard Fred Van Vleet faxed his letter in the afternoon after a ceremony at his school.

WSU coaches expect at least one more, from center Henry Uwadiae of Evelyn Mack Academy of Charlotte, N.C. The signing period ends Nov. 16.

Early chose WSU over several high-profile schools, including Baylor, San Diego State and Alabama. WSU coaches got to him before most of his other suitors, and that fact stayed with Early.

"There was more consistency from Wichita State," he said. "Everything clicked, the coaches, the people, the players. It felt right."

Early (6-foot-7, 220 pounds) was the NJCAA Division III player of the year in 2011. He will have two seasons of eligibility at WSU.

Green (6-7, 190 pounds) averaged 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. Klein Forest is the same high school that current Shocker Toure Murry attended.

Van Vleet (5-11, 175) is ranked the No. 26 point guard in the class of 2012 by Scout.com. He averaged 18.6 points and 7.5 assists as a junior.

CBSSports.com college basketball writer Jeff Borzello called Van Vleet the biggest potential surprise recruit from among players not ranked in the overall top 100.

"Wichita State did a great job of getting him before the summer period," Borzello wrote. "(Van Vleet) was one of the best point guards on the AAU circuit in July."

WSU women add size — Forward Alie Decker of Edmond (Okla.) Memorial and Michaela Dapprich of Branson (Mo.) signed letters of intent with WSU's women's team.

Decker (6-0) averaged 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds as a junior. ESPN'S HoopGurlz ranks her the No. 58 power forward in the class of 2012.

Dapprich (5-11) averaged 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds. She was named to the All-Central Ozark Conference Large School team.

Driskill will graduate early — Valley Center volleyball player Ashlyn Driskill signed with WSU.

She plans to graduate at the semester and enroll at WSU so she can go through spring drills, according to Shawn Driskill, her father.

Driskill (6-0), an Eagle All-Metro player, was named to the Class 5A all-tournament team as a middle blocker. Valley Center finished third in the state tournament.

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