Wichita State recruit Zach Brown is one of the players on Sunrise Christian Academy’s new post-graduate team.
Brown, from Houston, orally committed to WSU in May after attending South Kent (Conn.) School last year. He recently transferred to Sunrise, according to athletic director Kyle Lindsted. Brown, a 6-foot-7 forward, can sign with WSU in November.
“He’s here,” Lindsted said. “He will play on our post-graduate team, which is totally different from our high school team.”
Lindsted said he received requests from players looking for a post-graduate program. Sunrise, located in Bel Aire, has an academy team, allowing it to recruit as well as take players placed there by colleges. It doesn’t compete in the Kansas State High School Activities Association postseason. Sunrise’s high school team, which plays a national schedule, could not accommodate athletes looking for a fifth year before attending college.
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The post-graduate team will play a schedule that includes junior colleges and prep schools.
“We decided to give it a shot and see how it goes,” he said. “I think people are seeing that we train kids right. In the post-grad game, there are not many people that are doing it right.”
Luke Barnwell, a former graduate assistant and player at Newman, coaches the post-graduate team. Like the high school team, its roster features numerous highly recruited athletes. On Monday, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and Louisville coach Rick Pitino watched 6-foot-11 center Bakary Konate, from Mali, play.
“We had a Final Four reunion,” Lindsted said.
Wichitan Larry Dennis is on the post-graduate team, as is Marvin Clark, a Kansas City native who is considering Oregon.
Lindsted coaches the high school team. Lourawls Nairn Jr. of the high school team recently committed to Michigan State.