Wichita State Shockers

Shockers expect four recruits to commit

Wichita State's men's basketball team will start restocking its roster today, the first day of the November signing period.

Four players orally committed to WSU in recent months and they are expected to sign letters of intent today or Thursday.

* Sullivan (N.Y) Community College sophomore forward Cleanthony Early (6-foot-7, 220 pounds) was the NJCAA Division III player of the year in 2011. This season, he scored 35 and 38 points in Sullivan's first two games.

"He's been very, very good on the offensive end," Sullivan coach Kevin DeVantier said. "He's a mismatch nightmare."

DeVantier said Early, from Middletown, N.Y., gained 10 pounds since last season and is scoring more in the post.

"He's beating guys up in the post and then stepping out the three-point line," DeVantier said.

* Point guard Fred Van Vleet, a senior at Rockford (Ill.) Auburn High, committed in July after raising his profile at summer tournaments.

Van Vleet (5-11, 175) is ranked the No. 26 point guard in the class of 2012 by Scout.com. He averaged 18.6 points and 7.5 assists as a junior.

* Center Henry Uwadiae, a senior at Evelyn Mack Academy in Charlotte, N.C., transferred from United Faith Christian Academy to follow coach Tyson Waterman.

Waterman played at Winthrop for WSU coach Gregg Marshall. Waterman said Uwadiae (7-foot, 215 pounds) fits into Marshall's style of play.

"Marshall loves guys that can run," Waterman said. "He loves athletic kids that are long and lanky."

Evelyn Mack is 3-1 with Uwadiae in the starting lineup. He scored 11 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots in one game.

WSU isn't getting a polished post player, but Waterman believes Marshall can improve his game.

"He's just as raw as can be right now," Waterman said. "I know Marshall better than probably anybody and I know he's an excellent skill developer."

* Forward Derail Green is a senior at Houston Klein Forest, the same high school WSU's Toure Murry attended.

Green (6-7, 190) averaged 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds.

WSU has five seniors on its roster and two scholarships are committed to Ron Baker and Malcolm Armstead, both of whom are paying their own way this season. Baker, from Scott City, is expected to redshirt. Armstead, a transfer from Oregon, is not eligible this season.

Ellis to sign — The Kansas basketball program will get some positive news when the signed letter of intent from Heights forward Perry Ellis scrolls into the fax machine in Lawrence.

Ellis, a five-star recruit by Rivals.com who committed to KU in September, will be KU's first signing for the 2012 class. He chose Kansas over Kentucky, Kansas State and Wichita State, among others.

Prestonwood Christian (Texas) power forward Zach Peters is expected to sign a letter of intent with Kansas later during signing week.

Peters, a three-star recruit who committed to Kansas at the end of his sophomore year, originally had scholarship offers from Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas.

K-State waits — It should be a quiet start to the early signing period for the Kansas State basketball team. The Wildcats aren't expected to announce any signings today.

Frank Martin and his coaching staff aimed high on the recruiting trail and came up empty on their top four targets.

Five-star small forward Marcus Smart and three-star guard Phil Forte, who play on the same AAU basketball team in Flower Mound, Texas, committed to Oklahoma State. Ellis chose Kansas after making several visits to K-State. Willie Cauley, a 7-footer the Wildcats had recruited for years, picked Kentucky.

Baseball adds pitchers — Five baseball players have orally committed to WSU.

The Shockers went to junior colleges for reliever Brandon Peterson of Des Moines Area Community College and Eastern Oklahoma State College starter Blake Logan. Concordia High senior Garrett Brummett, son of former Shocker pitcher Greg Brummett, is also committed.

Also expect to sign are Stillwater (Okla.) catcher Parker Zimmerman and Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast infielder Tanner Kirk.

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