Wichita State strength and conditioning coach Kerry Rosenboom is very, extremely, mucho pleased with the men’s basketball team’s work this summer. So much so that he is throwing around weighty superlatives. I’m writing about it for Sunday’s Eagle/Kansas.com/Facebook/Twitter/Pony Express edition, but here’s some of the stuff we talked about in brief.
Rosenboom calls this summer the best, from a team standpoint, in his 23 years at WSU. What makes this team stand out, in his mind, is that it is hard to pick a standout. Everybody on the roster showed up and did their workouts without fail. In past seasons, he said, it was easy to identify the hardest worker. This summer, when asked by coach Gregg Marshall, Rosenboom reported that the entire team hit it hard.The freshman class is the strongest of the past 23 years, Rosenboom said. Jerome Hamilton looks the part. Kenny Manigault and Tyler Richardson are also advanced in their weight-room skills. Demetric Williams needs to catch up, and Rosenboom believes he will soon. Hamilton, Manigault and Richardson ranked in the top five in the bench press in the final tests (maxing out at 185 pounds). Hamilton did it 16 times (third behind J.T. Durley and Aaron Ellis), Manigault 13 and Richardson 12. Johnny Coy (a redshirt freshmen) didn’t test because he is in St. Joseph, Mo., playing baseball. Rosenboom says the freshmen’s performance indicate that Marshall is bringing in a higher class of athlete and is a credit to their high school weight training. Rosenboom said Claudius Johnson and John Smith (two of the strongest recent Shockers) couldn’t do 165 when they arrived at WSU. Paul Miller and P.J. Couisnard were under 185 as freshmen.Here’s where you can see what NBA rookies lifted as a comparison.Mile times were good, especially considering the Shockers didn’t do much distance work during the summer. Toure Murry ran a 4:54 to beat Matt Braeuer’s team record of 4:58.Three players - Garrett Stutz, Aaron Ellis and Clevin Hannah - who needed to add weight and strength are doing just that.