Wichita State Shockers

Div. III juco star to visit Shockers

Sullivan (N.Y.) County Community College forward Cleanthony Early will visit Wichita State's men's basketball program today.

Early (6-foot-7, 220 pounds) was named NJCAA Division III Player of the Year as a freshman. He averaged 20.4 points and 11.4 rebounds for Sullivan.

"He's just a big, skilled kid who can play the perimeter," Sullivan coach Kevin DeVantier said. "He can cause a lot of problems for people."

Early helped Sullivan to a district title and a third-place finish in the national Division III tournament. Early made 57 percent of his shots, 25 percent (17 of 68) from three-point range. He made 126 of 161 free throws (78 percent).

"He can score in different ways," DeVantier said. "He shoots it off the dribble very well."

Early, from Middletown, N.Y., visited Washington State and will visit San Diego State in early September. DeVantier said he may add another stop or two before making a decision by the November signing period.

WSU assistant coach Greg Heiar saw Early at a junior-college showcase in July in St. Louis. WSU coaches moved quickly.

"They were the first to jump on him," DeVantier said. "He's very serious about Wichita State."

Durley goes pro — Former Shocker J.T. Durley will leave soon for Spain, where he will play for Club Baloncesto in Leon.

"I'm pretty excited to play another level of basketball and see where it leads," he said. "It's late in the year to get a job, and I'm blessed to play in a good league."

Back on the field — WSU's softball team will play against alumni on Sept. 24 at Wilkins Stadium.

The game begins at 2 p.m. For information call 316-978-5550.