Wichita State's men's basketball team lost one senior — a point guard. His replacement will make his commitment to WSU official today.
North Platte (Neb.) Community College point guard Joe Ragland is scheduled to sign a letter of intent today, the first day of the signing period. Ragland, an NJCAA All-American, and sophomore-to-be Demetric Williams are on deck to replace All-Missouri Valley Conference guard Clevin Hannah.
Ragland, 6 feet, 180 pounds, helped North Platte to the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson and earned the Bud Obee Outstanding Small Player Award for his play in the tournament.
For the season, he averaged 18.4 points and made 56 percent of his shots, 45.8 percent of his three-pointers and 75.4 percent of his free throws. He holds North Platte's career scoring record with 1,286 points. In two seasons, he averaged 19.5 points and 3.1 assists and made 45.3 percent of his threes.
He will have two seasons of eligibility at WSU.
Ragland is from West Springfield, Mass. He earned the Lahovich Award as the region's top player as a senior at West Springfield High.
* Des Moines Area Community College outfielder Scott Schebler is expected to sign today with WSU's baseball team.
Schebler, a freshman, is hitting .464 with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 33 games. He has served as the designated hitter in recent games and also started in left field. He is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Schebler (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) is eligible for this spring's professional draft. If he attends WSU, he will not be eligible again until the 2012 draft.
* Hutchinson Community College guard Heather Robben (5-9) will sign with WSU's women's basketball team today at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.
Robben, from Wichita, was named a third-team NJCAA Division I All-American.
She averaged 16.0 points as a sophomore at HCC and made 43.5 percent of her three-pointers. She averaged 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals.
Robben, who played at Maize, was an honorable mention All-American as a freshman.
Date set for challenge game — WSU's men's basketball team will play at San Diego State on Dec. 4 in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge Series.
The Aztecs went 25-9 last season and played in the NCAA Tournament after winning their conference tournament. All five starters and eight of the top nine scorers are expected to return.
The Shockers went 25-10 and lost in the first round of the NIT. WSU returns four of its five starters.
The Valley won last season's challenge 5-4, including a win by WSU over TCU at Koch Arena. Next season is the second of a four-year agreement between the conferences.
All nine games will be played between Dec. 1-5. Other matchups are:
Dec. 1: BYU at Creighton, Drake at Colorado State, New Mexico at Southern Illinois, UNLV at Illinois State.
Dec. 4: Indiana State at Wyoming, Northern Iowa at TCU, Utah at Bradley.
Dec. 5: Evansville at Air Force.
WSU leads the series with San Diego State 5-0. The teams last met in 1976.