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Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall hired two new assistants recently – Greg Heiar and Dana Ford. People who know them and work with them rave about their people skills, the basis of good recruiting. “He is a young guy that really gets it,” Tennessee State coach John Cooper said of Ford. “I knew when he came here – I told him ‘You won’t be here long.’” Jerry Mullen, of Mullen Sports recruiting service, said he and his staff would call Heiar when it needed the lowdown on players transferring in and out of junior colleges. “I’m not sure we have anybody that takes the service who is more relentless in finding information, who are the key people,” Mullen said. “He does all his homework.”Marshall hopes he doesn’t need to sift resumes again soon. “I don’t want to be hiring coaches every year,” he said. “But at the same time, I want to see them better themselves at the right time when those situations arise. My thing is, give me at least a couple of good years. Then let me help you anyway I can.”The departures of Chad Dollar (Georgia Tech) and Marty Gross (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) took around 30 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience from the staff. Ford coached two seasons at Tennessee State. Heiar spent the past two seasons at Southern Mississippi after six seasons at Chipola (Fla) College, a two-year school. Marshall isn’t concerned. “Both of these guys are great recruiters,” Marshall said. “I believe that we are going to be really good, figuring out players that can be help us be the best we can be.”On Thursday, Marshall was working on WSU’s trip in August overseas for exhibition games. The trip comes at an ideal time for the Shockers to move on after losing five seniors and two assistant coaches. With the practice, travel and games, all the new faces get an early start working together.WSU needs one game to complete its schedule. Marshall will hold that slot as long as he can in hopes of leveraging it into a series against a quality opponent. For the right opponent, WSU would start on the road. Most of the highlights are set – UNLV, Tulsa, Utah State. Three guarantee games are set, one against Chicago State. UMKC is not on the schedule.Ottawa point guard Adam Hasty will walk on. Hasty (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) averaged 13.4 points, 4.21 rebounds and 6.3 assists in his career. Ottawa finished as runner-up to Kansas City Sumner in Class 4A. Hasty has seen WSU in person and on TV and likes the style of play. “(Marshall) really prides himself on the effort and intensity his players bring,” Hasty said. “While they’re called a mid-major, they still are able to compete with the upper DIs.” WSU’s business school played a role in attracting Hasty.

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