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Back to work with the Shockers

After three weeks helping with Kansas in NCAA Tournament, I’m home. Some long overdue Shocker stuff:

Wabash Valley (Ill.) College guard Nick Wiggins is scheduled to visit Wichita State beginning tonight. Wiggins, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, averaged 17.3 points and made 40 percent of his threes for the Warriors. “He’s an offensive player,” Wabash Valley coach Dan Sparks said. “Good shooter. A slasher who can get to the basket.” Sparks said Wiggins needs to get stronger and improve his defense, two areas not uncommon problems for junior college players. He is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and played his freshman season at Vincennes (Ind.), where he averaged 16.6 points. Sparks said Oregon State and Baylor are also recruiting Wiggins. He also said new Kansas State coach Bruce Weber called about Wiggins on Monday.Former Shocker Garrett Stutz is looking for a place to train while he prepares for pro basketball. He is working out in Kansas City and Wichita while considering other options. The first big date on his calendar is the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va., beginning April 11. Stutz will get a chance to prove he has NBA talent in the four-day tournament, which is a traditional proving ground for athletes wanting to play in the NBA, Europe and minor leagues. Rosters have not been announced, but players such as Georgetown’s Henry Sims, Louisville’s Kyle Kuric, Syracuse’s Scoop Jardine and VCU’s Brandon Burgess will play.  Stutz said feedback on his game from pro scouts is no surprise. He needs to get quicker and stronger. His best assets are his offensive skills. “Mixed stuff,” he said. “Some good. Some bad. We’ll see how the next month or so goes.”David Teel of the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. is reporting that ESPN will not include the Colonial Athletic Association in ESPN’s BracketBusters in 2013. It will be interesting to see how the event’s other top conferences react. The CAA signed an agreement with NBC Sports in February and is no longer an ESPN conference. Without the CAA, BracketBusters is less attractive and conferences such as the MVC and the West Coast Conference may be hesitant to participate. I don’t know their contractual obligations to the event, but I do know losing the CAA is a major blow. Two of the best games on WSU’s schedule in recent seasons were the BracketBuster matchups against George Mason in 2006 and VCU in 2011. It’s not often WSU gets Final Four-caliber teams on its schedule.

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