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Shocker Invitational Bob Lutz: Some fun with Shocker history

  • Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 10:33 p.m.

The Shocker Invitational Rosters

Team 1

C – Sasha Radunovich

PF – Bill Lang

SF – Cleo Littleton

SG – Dwight Praylow

PG – Fred VanVleet

Team 2

C – Nate Bowman

PF – Ron Heller

SF – Jason Perez

SG – L.D. Swanson

PG – Malcolm Armstead

Team 3

C – John Smith

PF – Jamie Arnold

SF – Ron Washington

SG – Toure Murry

PG – Lanny Van Eman

Team 4

C – Henry Carr

PF – Dave Stallworth

SF – Rob Kampman

SG – Leonard Kelley

PG – Randy Smithson

Team 5

C – Ev Wessel

PF – Xavier McDaniel

SF – Ron Baker

SG – Bob Trogele

PG – Terry Hankton

Team 6

C – Garrett Stutz

PF – Cliff Levingtston

SF – Dave Leach

SG – Kelly Pete

PG – Fridge Holman

Team 7

C – Carl Hall

PF – Don Woodworth

SF – Warren Armstrong

SG – Greg Carney

PG – Matt Braeuer

Team 8

C – Paul Miller

PF – Rich Morsden

SF – Al Tate

SG – Bob Wilson

PG – Robert George

Team 9

C – Darin Miller

PF – Antoine Carr

SF – Robert Gray

SG – Paul Guffrovich

PG – Tony Martin

Team 10

C – Robert Elmore

PF – Jamar Howard

SF – Ron Harris

SG – Ron Mendell

PG – Jimmy Bolden

Team 11

C – Claudius Johnson

PF – Kyle Wilson

SF – John Cooper

SG – Maurice Evans

PG – Clevin Hannah

Team 12

C – Terry Benton

PF – Steve Grayer

SF – Jamie Thompson

SG – Aubrey Sherrod

PG – Paul Scheer

Team 13

C – Ozell Jones

PF – Cheese Johnson

SF – P.J. Couisnard

SG – Randy Burns

PG – Joe Ragland

Team 14

C – Troy Mack

PF – J.T. Durley

SF – Vince Smith

SG – Joe Stevens

PG – Calvin Bruton

Team 15

C – Gene Wiley

PF – Cleanthony Early

SF – Darrin Williams

SG – Sean Ogirri

PG – Preston Carrington

Team 16

C – Bob Hodgson

PF – Gus Santos

SF – Ray Shirley

SG – Tekele Cotton

PG – Ernie Moore

I’ve had this idea for a while now to pick 16 teams of current and former Wichita State basketball players — the best players in the history of the program (or at least since the mid-1950s) — and play off a tournament.

I’ve done the easy part, and it wasn’t that easy. I have gone through my brain and the Wichita State media guide to choose 80 players who make up the teams. I’ve split them into positions — each team has a center, power forward, small forward, shooting guard and point guard.

In some cases, I’ve fudged on the positions. But not a lot.

And with the help of Shocker basketball fans Derek Pruett and Jamin Anderson, we’ve come up with a way to play this tournament. We’ll do so in February on an XBox 360 gaming system.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent a significant amount of time with Pruett and Anderson inputting data into the system in an attempt to make this Shocker Invitational as realistic as possible. Understanding, too, that a game potentially involving Dave Stallworth matched up against Cleanthony Early pushes realism to its boundary.

I selected the 80 players by trying to come up with the best 16 at each position. There are good players who were left out. And some who got in mostly because of the position they play. It was not easy to find 16 worthy point guards, for instance. But for the sake of the tournament, it was important that the teams be as close to a traditional five-position team as possible.

Then I randomly put the teams together by drawing numbers out of a hat. In a few cases, I made a change for the sake of competition. Mostly, though, the numbers out of the hat thing worked really well. Surprisingly well.

I’m curious to get the feedback of Wichita State basketball fans, too. Some of you obviously don’t go back to the 1950s. Even I don’t go back that far. But there are folks out there who know a lot about the history of WSU hoops and I want your input on what you think of the teams. We’ll devise a bracket soon and set times and establish a location so that fans can watch these games being played out.

Should be fun.

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