While basketball practice doesn’t stop and start like it used to, October means the season is getting closer. Wichita State starts its full practice schedule on Sunday. You’ve got questions and I try to answer.
If we throw out potential games with Louisville or Michigan State, I’ll go with Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Both teams lost their star power from last season. The Sooners return guard Jordan Woodard and center Kadeem Latin and added two high-potential freshmen.
A close second goes to Oklahoma State and its backcourt of Phil Forte and Jawun Evans. That’s a good game at Intrust Bank Arena.
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WSU could give it to a current walk-on. It could save it for a transfer who becomes available at semester break (as Conner Frankamp did) and plan on another opening up in the spring. Or hold it until Samajae Haynes-Jones arrives next spring.
Dr. Bardo awaits your check. It’s potentially great. It’s also potentially a move that goes bad.
Coach Gregg Marshall usually goes with experience. Morris, Brown, McDuffie, Shamet, Frankamp seems like a likely group. I like the potential of McDuffie at power forward, where he could be a Cleanthony Early-type matchup problem, especially if he improves his outside shooting.
Those items are tied together. Redshirts could depend on injuries. It’s still early to answer that question, because we don’t know where Austin Reaves or C.J. Keyser might fit in the rotation. And we don’t know how healthy they are after both missed the summer. Injuries are a problem, as Marshall said on Thursday.
The departure of Peyton Allen opened up minutes on the wing. I’d say a redshirt is unlikely, unless it’s for an injury.
Allen’s departure hurts WSU’s depth on the wing behind Landry Shamet at guard and Zach Brown at small forward. The freshmen might play more. Or we might see more of Shamet at both spots, or more of Frankamp at shooting guard. I didn’t get the sense Allen would start, but I think he would have been a valuable player off the bench.
Shocker Madness is Oct. 20. No other open scrimmages that I’m aware of, although WSU usually holds a fan clinic during fall practices that allows people to watch and ask questions for a small fee.