Wichita State Shockers

WSU basketball signs juco shooter Ben Smith

Wichita State's men's basketball team is stocking up on outside shooters during the spring signing period.

Northern Oklahoma-Enid College swingman Ben Smith signed with WSU today, giving the Shockers a second player who hold his junior college's career scoring mark.

"He can really shoot the three," WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. "He gives us another offensive weapon on the perimeter. He can knock down the three and get to the (free-throw) line."

Smith (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) earned spots on the All-Region II and all-tournament teams. He averaged 20.9 points and 11.4 rebounds and made 40.3 percent of his three-pointers. He made 130 of 186 (69.9 percent) free throws in 29 games.

Last week, North Platte (Neb.) Community College point guard Joe Ragland signed with WSU. Ragland 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.

Smith, from Oklahoma City Southeast High, visited WSU during the season and took another look Saturday.

"I liked everything about Wichita State," Smith said. "Everything was comfortable. When I played with the team, I saw how they shared the ball. I hung out with them and they were cool."

Smith likes the fact WSU went 25-10 and appears poised for bigger things with four starters returning. He will be fighting with returners Graham Hatch, Toure Murry, David Kyles and Tyler Richardson for playing time.

"I know they got a starting three-man back," Smith said. "I'm just coming to work hard and get some minutes. I know I like winning. I'll play as hard as a I can to allow a team to win."

Hatch started at small forward last season, the place where Smith figures to spend most of his time. Murry and Kyles are guards who sometimes play small forward. Richardson, who redshirted as a freshman, needs to get stronger and quicker.

"This will buy Tyler some more time, unless he can beat out one of those guys," Marshall said.

Smith, who carries a 3.7 grade-point average, said he also considered Murray State, Illinois State, Southern Illinois and California.

Zwiesler to transfer — Volleyball player Camri Zwiesler, from Newton, will transfer from Arizona State to Wichita State.

"I missed my family and I missed my hometown," said Zwiesler, an outside hitter. "I have always been a Kansas girl."

Zwiesler (6-foot-2) will have two years of eligibility and will not have to sit out a season.

She played in 14 matches, starting six, for Arizona State as a sophomore. She averaged 2.11 kills a set with an attack percentage of .162. She is capable of playing in the back row, averaging 1.57 digs.

"Going to Arizona State, it broadened my horizons," she said. "Two years down here is enough."

Zwiesler will reunite with many players she competed against in high school and club volleyball. She did not strongly consider WSU out of high school, but is well-acquainted with its success.

"It's great knowing so many people from Wichita and surrounding cities support that team," she said. "The atmosphere and the excitement is just amazing."

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