Wichita State Shockers

Landry Shamet signs with agent, promotes his shooting ability heading into NBA Draft

Wichita State guard Landry Shamet goes up for a shot against Cincinnati at Koch Arena.
Wichita State guard Landry Shamet goes up for a shot against Cincinnati at Koch Arena. The Wichita Eagle

Landry Shamet signed with an agent on Thursday, officially ending his collegiate eligibility at Wichita State.

Shamet, who just completed his redshirt sophomore season averaging 14.9 points and 5.2 assists, will be represented by Happy Walters and George Langberg of Catalyst Sports, which also has up-and-coming NBA clients like De'Aaron Fox and Marcus Smart. Shamet declared for the 2018 NBA Draft two weeks ago.

After coming to terms with Catalyst Sports, Shamet moved to Los Angeles earlier this week to set up his pre-draft training camp. He will work out and train at Sports Academy HQ, a 96,000-square-foot facility in Thousand Oaks, Calif., alongside other draft hopefuls.

"In my mind, I'm going into this thinking I'm the best shooter in the draft, and that's what I'm going to sell myself as to teams," Shamet said. "I feel like I can play (point guard) or (shooting guard), whatever the team needs me to do. Now I just have to round out my game."

The numbers do back Shamet as one of the draft's strongest shooters. He made 44.2 percent of threes, shooting nearly six per game this season. According to data from Synergy, Shamet made 54 percent of his spot-up looks from three and 51.9 percent of his catch-and-shoot opportunities from three.

Shamet will train in LA for the next month in preparation for the NBA Draft combine in Chicago from May 16-20. After the combine, Shamet could attract enough interest to start doing individual workouts for NBA teams up until the June 21 draft in New York.

"You see a lot of NBA teams go smaller down the stretch, and that's where I think I can help out with my versatility," Shamet said. "If a team already has a one that's solidified as the one, then I can be their guy off the ball and it's like you have two point guards on the floor. I feel like I'm a high-IQ guy, and with all of the complexities of running the offense under coach (Gregg) Marshall, I feel like I'm prepared to showcase that."

Shamet said he has been in contact with WSU's other two former players in the NBA: Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors) and Ron Baker (New York Knicks).

"They've been great helping me and giving me advice and feedback and answering any questions I have about the process," Shamet said. "They've made it very apparent that they can be two really good resources for me, and they're wanting to help me out and see me succeed.

"It's really cool to see that kind of Wichita State fraternity in the NBA. Eventually I hope to pay it back to whoever comes up behind me."

Landry Shamet surprises his biggest fan, Nina Leeper, on her 100th birthday on Monday.

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