Houston guard Kerwin Roach will visit Wichita State beginning Friday. Perhaps WSU hosted a more highly rated recruit since the run of McDonald’s All-Americans in the 1980s.
Perhaps. It’s a small club, at most.
Roach, from Galena Park North Shore, is ranked No. 34 nationally (four stars) by Rivals.com. 247 Sports ranks him No. 66. ESPN.com ranks him No. 98.
In a text message Thursday, Roach said his five schools are: Texas, Texas A&M, California, Oklahoma State and Wichita State (no order). He said he eliminated Kansas State, a place he visited in August for a football game. Here is what Roach said about WSU in August, before he rocketed up the national rankings.
Wichita State is in an enviable position with its class of 2015. With two seniors on the roster, the Shockers aren’t in desperate need at any position. Guard Landry Shamet (No. 87 on the Rivals list) is committed. Forward Eric Hamilton is stashed away at Sunrise Christian Academy.
Since we know scholarships can open up for a variety of reasons, WSU will continue recruiting. Coach Gregg Marshall can afford to be picky in September and October with a stable, talented roster. Shocker basketball is hot, attractive to a level of recruits out of reach a few years ago. Marshall and his staff will try to get the absolute maximum benefit out of this opportunity.
▪ Marquise Pointer, from Jonesboro (Ark.) said he will visit WSU on Oct. 9. Pointer is a point guard who has visited Lehigh and is looking at Clemson.