Point guard isn’t Zach Brown’s natural position. It is where Sunrise Christian Academy’s new post-graduate team needs him. Brown, orally committed to Wichita State’s men’s basketball team, is learning on the job.
“My first two or three weeks, the ball was getting thrown off the wall and they were turning the ball over like crazy,” Sunrise coach Luke Barnwell said.
Brown, a 6-foot-7 forward, showed up earlier this month and Barnwell saw a solution to getting his first-year team organized.
“He’s just very, very solid,” Barnwell said. “He can get it down the court and get it to the guys. He doesn’t make bad decisions, so I think he can be a guy that just runs the show.”
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Brown probably won’t play point guard in college, but the skills he improves while directing the team at Sunrise will complement his abilities on the wing when he arrives at Koch Arena. In his short time working with Brown, Barnwell is impressed with his willingness to take coaching and do things without being told twice.
“He’s very skilled,” Barnwell said. “He shoots it very, very well. He can make tough shots. He can make open shots.”
Brown, from Houston, will join numerous NCAA Division I prospects on Sunrise’s roster. That competition should help him prepare for Wichita State.
“They’re all strong, athletic and they compete,” Brown said. “Everybody is so vocal and so active and I feel like I’ve already got a great bond with them.”
Brown committed to WSU in May. He spent the summer taking classes and working out with his future teammates. In a day when commitments sometimes change daily, Brown is locked in on signing with Wichita State in November.
“They’ve been following up on me ever since I was a freshman in high school,” he said. “When I was a freshman, just coming in to be on varsity my sophomore year, I wasn’t that good. They’ve always been there for me.”
BASEBALL IN KANSAS CITY
Wichita State’s baseball team will play Missouri at Kauffman Stadium this spring. The schools are waiting on the contract, so no one will confirm it, but sources at both schools confirm the game is scheduled.
It will be WSU’s first game at the home of the Kansas City Royals. Missouri played non-conference games against Kansas at Kauffman Stadium, an event that ended in 2011. The Tigers also play Illinois at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium.
THIS WEEK IN SHOCKER HISTORY
Oct. 11, 2008
Wichita State won its 33rd straight Missouri Valley Conference volleyball road match with a sweep at Southern Illinois. Emily Stockman led the 14th-ranked Shockers with 18 kills. The win gave WSU the MVC record for road success, previously held by Northern Iowa (1997-2001). The streak ended at 38 with a loss at Missouri State in 2009. That still stands as the conference record.