Wichita State men’s basketball roster

11/02/2013 10:00 AM

10/29/2013 3:08 PM

0Chadrick Lufile

6-9, senior, F, Burlington, Ontario (Coffeyville CC)

Showed great improvement after playing little as a junior. A year in the system is helping him get to the right places more often and play with more confidence. Will play significant minutes if he can defend, rebound and score in the lane when needed.

1Derail Green

6-7, freshman, F, Houston

Good shooter who redshirted last season. Coaches see him as a big forward who can stretch defenses with his three-point shooting.

3Evan Wessel

6-5, sophomore, G, Wichita (Heights)

Started eight games before a broken right pinky ended his season. He gives WSU another good outside shooter. Understands the offense and is one of WSU’s most aggressive defenders. Working to diversify his scoring with more drives and mid-range jump shots.

5Zach Bush

6-6, freshman, F, Wichita (Eisenhower)

A walk-on who redshirted last season. He has gained 15 pounds and is athletic enough to hold his own in practices. A good shooter, Bush is a valuable reserve who can push the rotation players and provide enthusiasm on the bench.

10Ria’n Holland

6-0, freshman, G, Hope Mills, N.C.

Can play both guard spots and will be pressed into more time at point guard since D.J. Bowles’ heart condition ended his playing career at WSU. Holland is deceptively athletic, with good leaping ability and strength for his size. His shooting ability is his best asset.

11Cleanthony Early

6-8, senior, F, Middletown, N.Y. (Sullivan JC)

Gifted scorer who is the consensus choice for preseason MVC Player of the Year. His offense should improve after an off-season spent working on his dribbling and mid-range game. His three-point shooting (31.8 percent) is inconsistent and should improve with better shot selection. Capable of posting up and the Shockers need him on the glass to make up for the loss of Carl Hall’s presence.

12Darius Carter

6-7, junior, F, Akron, Ohio (Vincennes JC)

He is the key newcomer because WSU needs production from its big men. Carter is a high-flyer who can score near the rim and rebound. In junior college, he drew a lot of fouls, but shot poorly from the line (133-223, 59.6 percent). Carter impressed coaches with his work in the weight room over the summer.

14John Robert Simon

5-11, freshman, G, Oklahoma City

Walk-on impresses coaches with his competitiveness and shooting. Played quarterback in high school.

15Nick Wiggins

6-6, senior, G, Toronto (Wabash Valley CC)

Excellent shooter with great leaping ability. Should serve as one of the MVC’s top reserves, instant offense off the bench.

20Kadeem Coleby

6-9, senior, C, Nassau, Bahamas (La.-Lafayette)

Sat out last season after transferring from Louisiana-Lafayette and paid his own tuition. Coleby started 30 games in 2011-12 at Lafayette, averaging 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. He should be a strong defender in the lane after averaging 2.4 blocks as a junior. His leaping ability and good hands helped him develop a connection with Fred VanVleet on lob passes.

23Fred VanVleet

5-11, sophomore, G, Rockford, Ill.

After one season as a backup, he steps in as WSU’s floor leader. Composure and confidence are his strengths, so the duty of leading this team won’t bother him. His strength and patience allows him to drive the lane and he made 40.8 percent of his threes.

24Shaquille Morris

6-7, freshman, F, Edmond, Okla.

Injuries caused him to miss practices over the summer and early fall, slowing his development and conditioning work. He is a skilled scorer, but won’t play a big role until he practices consistently.

31Ron Baker

6-3, sophomore, G, Scott City

His play in the NCAA Tournament, after missing most of the regular season with a stress fracture, mark him as a rising star in the MVC. He is a three-point threat who passes crisply and moves decisively without the ball. His understanding of the offense allows him to play point guard when needed.

32Tekele Cotton

6-2, junior, G, Marietta, Ga.

Didn’t make the MVC’s All-Defensive team last season, despite guarding most top scorers and playing for the MVC’s top defensive team. His work on scorers such as Tray Woodall (Pittsburgh) and Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga) in the NCAA Tournament put the spotlight on his defense. His scoring improved dramatically during the season and he averaged 7.8 points and made 6 of 12 three-pointers in five NCAA games.

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