April will be a busy month for the Wichita State men's basketball coaching staff, as they try to retool a roster that will lose eight scholarship players (not counting one recruit who left).
Gregg Marshall and Co. have already signed six players to their Class of 2018 after inking Dexter Dennis over the weekend, but they have two remaining scholarships to dole out. It's clear the final two spots will go to guards. So here are 10 prospects, ranging from a grad transfer to junior college transfers to high school seniors, who could join the Shockers for the 2018-19 season.
WSU's current recruiting class of Dennis, Erik Stevenson, Chance Moore, Morris Udeze, Isaiah Poor Bear Chandler and Jaime Echenique is ranked No. 36 in the country by Rivals and No. 46 by 247 Sports. Both have the Shockers with the second-best class in the American behind Memphis.
Vitals: 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard. High school senior from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Offers: WSU offered Alvarez in the fall and he took an official visit on Oct. 6. He's also visited Akron and Arkansas State. He also has listed Virginia, Purdue, Georgia Tech, VCU, Colorado State, UMBC, Dayton, Florida International, Wyoming, College of Charleston and Massachusetts as involved in his decision.
Scouting report: Alvarez led Miami Christian to back-to-back Class 2A championships this spring, as he had a monster senior season: averaging 27.8 points, including 45 percent 3-point shooting, 6.3 rebounds, and 11.7 assists. He was chosen 2A Player of the Year in Florida and many considered him the best player in Dade County. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer in last season's state championship game. PrepHoops.com wrote that the "electrifying Puerto Rican is a clutch performer known for big performances when heavy hitters come to town" and is a "surgical passer." The two 247 Sports experts who have made crystal ball predictions have pegged Alvarez at Wichita State.
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 175-pound point guard. Junior college transfer (sophomore) from Missouri State West Plains.
Ratings: Ranked as the No. 32 junior college prospect by JucoRecruiting.com.
Offers: The three programs seeming to recruit Torres the hardest are WSU, SMU, and Oregon State. According to 247 Sports, Torres also has received offers from Middle Tennessee State, DePaul and Towson, among others. Torres is currently on his official visit to WSU on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Scouting report: Torres was a junior college All-American this season for MSU-West Plains, as he averaged 17.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 8.1 assists per game (second in the nation). Torres shot 50 percent from the field and made 43 percent of his 3-pointers on nearly five attempts per game. He comes from a traditionally strong junior college league and his assist numbers indicate he could be a ready-to-go distributor for a WSU team looking for a point guard.
Vitals: 6-foot-4, 190-pound combo guard. Junior college transfer (sophomore) from Florida Southwestern State.
Ratings: Ranked as the No. 52 junior college prospect by JucoRecruiting.com.
Offers: Cheese received lots of interest in late March, but he took his official visits to Wichita State, Akron, Mercer, and Virginia Tech. Cheese was at WSU from April 6-8.
Scouting report: Cheese put up some serious production in limited minutes, as he averaged 15.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.6 assists in fewer than 18 minutes per game. His 40-minute averages comes out to 35.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 15.3 assists. He made 45 percent of his shots from the floor and just a tick under 33 percent of his threes on more than three attempts per game. That type of production makes Cheese an intriguing prospect. It appears that he could play both guard spots for WSU and help out as a junior ready to play immediately.
Vitals: 6-foot-5, 195-pound point guard. High school senior from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Offers: Burton's final five schools are WSU, Butler, George Mason, Temple, and Massachusetts, the five schools he took official visits to. The Shockers have offered, and Burton is on his official visit to WSU on Tuesday and Wednesday and is expected to make his final decision by Friday.
Scouting report: Burton is another recruit who has flown under the radar, because of a knee injury that sidelined him during his junior year of AAU ball. He returned for his senior season at Independence and led his high school team to a 31-1 record and a state championship, while averaging a team-best 16.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.2 steals. In a December write-up, Phenom Hoop Report described Burton as a "physically strong and tremendous athlete who has incredible bounce" and said he "may be one of the best finishers at the rim in the state." His length, at 6-foot-5, makes Burton an intriguing prospect, as he has the defensive prowess to be effective right away while his offense develops.
Vitals: 6-foot-6, 200-pound shooting guard. High school senior from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Offers: He was originally signed with East Carolina, but was released from his letter of intent following a coaching change. According to Wynn's Twitter account, he has offers from Mississippi and Wichita State since being released in April.
Scouting report: It is difficult to find much information on Wynn, especially recently. It appears that Wynn was picked up on the recruiting scene last summer playing on the 17U Team Loaded Va squad. A write-up on Phenom Hoop Report from January said Wynn was a "nightly mismatch for opposing guards." The report calls Wynn a "three-level" scorer and a "streaky shooter." More from the story: "Wynn is truly a gifted passer and enjoys making the players around him better, on the boards Wynn is extremely active, he utilizes his explosiveness and length to compete with the big boys down low." Back then Wynn was committed to ECU and this is what he said he could bring to the table: "I think I'll bring scoring, especially defense, and another ball handler, and just a dog, somebody that wants to change the program and bring success there."
Vitals: 6-foot-4, 200-pound combo guard. Grad transfer from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Offers: Since announcing Amin would transfer to play his final season at another program, the guard from Egypt has heard from more than 20 high-major programs. According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Amin has interest from Arizona, Louisville, Ohio State, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Mississippi, Miami, North Carolina State and Florida State. Wichita State and SMU were two AAC teams that were initially linked to Amin, as well. It doesn't appear that Amin has cut down his list yet.
Scouting report: Amin missed this past season at Texas A&M Corpus Christi because of surgery following a hip injury, although he finished second in the country in steal rate (5.8 percent) in the 2016-17 season. He averaged 8.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 18 minutes per game. Amin is above-average for a guard on two-point shooting, as he made 53 percent of his twos in three years at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. But Amin doesn't appear to be a threat from the outside, as he is a career 30 percent three-point shooter on 251 attempts. Teams must clearly like Amin as a defender judging by the interest he's garnered. Another bonus is that he'll be able to play immediately and help a team out right away, especially on the defensive end.
Vitals: 6-foot-6, 175-pound small forward. High school senior from Winter Haven, Fla.
Offers: According to Rivals, Bryant holds offers from Georgia, Kansas State, Memphis, Central Florida, South Florida, Rutgers, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Charlotte, Tulane, and James Madison. He was initially offered by WSU in July 2017, while assistant Donnie Jones made a visit on March 23 and Gregg Marshall visited Bryant on April 5. There hasn't been much recruiting news on Bryant lately.
Scouting report: Bryant is a freak athlete who averaged 22.5 points and 8.2 rebounds for Winter Haven in Florida. In picking Bryant to its all-county team, The Ledger described Bryant as an "athletic, explosive player" who "could drive to the basket but also pull up and hit jump shots." In grading him an 80, ESPN said Bryant is a "long, slashing lefty wing player who is exceptional in transition and running the floor. Plays with a high motor and excels in a fast-paced game. Has the ability to really attack the offensive glass with his long frame. Keyshawn can finish multiple ways at the rim and plays way bigger than 6-6."
Vitals: 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard. High school senior from Fort Myers, Fla.
Offers: He originally signed with South Alabama, but was granted his release following a coaching change. According to Rivals, Gregg Marshall was in Florida on April 5 and checked out JeanLouis, although it doesn't appear as if WSU has offered yet. His reported offers are Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Atlantic, and College of Charleston.
Scouting report: JeanLouis is a rising prospect this spring after delivering highlight-worthy performances weekly during his senior season at Canterbury. "While his jumper remains spotty, JeanLouis' athleticism, playmaking skills, defensive versatility, and quality motor had him one of the top non-power league signees," Evans wrote for Rivals after JeanLouis de-committed from South Alabama. He added that he though JeanLouis could be a fringe top-150 prospect when Rivals reshuffles its rankings. He's a prospect that Rivals national analyst Eric Bossi is particularly fond of. "Maybe the top athlete in the gym, JeanLouis showed big potential as a big, ball handling playmaker who can make an impact on both ends of the floor," Bossi said. "JeanLouis is a bit raw overall, but he's got a very nice feel, a big-time motor and is an elite defensive player. His upside is huge and he looks like he'll end up a major steal." Jean-Louis averaged 17.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.3 blocks for Canterbury, which finished 24-8 and made it to the Class 3A state championship game.
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard. Prep school year at Lincoln Academy in Atlanta.
Offers: He originally committed to Memphis, but decided to reopen his recruiting after the coaching change. He held offers from Colorado State, Stephen F. Austin, Wofford, New Mexico State, Fordham, UAB, Arkansas-Little Rock, Murray State, and South Alabama, while Georgia Tech and Wisconsin have joined WSU as programs that have reached out to Jones recently.
Scouting report: Jones was a top-rated recruit in Alabama, but opted to play his senior season at a prep school. He averaged 19.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals for Lincoln Academy this season. Jones has been billed as a knockdown shooter from the outside with the size and ballhandling ability to play both the point guard and shooting guard positions. "He can run a team," Jones' coach Bryan Lippman told the Memphis Commercial Appeal in February. "He's a great passer. He's got a phenomenal basketball IQ." According to Memphis 247 writer Jonah Jordan, Wichita State planned on seeing Jones in person following his de-commitment.
Vitals: 6-foot-5, 175-pound point guard. High school senior from Hagerstown, Md.
Offers: He is a former Rhode Island commit, but he de-committed in the fall. Right now Nebraska and Temple lead the list of offers, which also includes Boston, Delaware, James Madison, Mount St. Mary, Penn, and Towson. WSU, Maryland, Oklahoma State, USC, and Virginia Tech are currently expressing interest.
Scouting report: Harris is a pass-first point guard who offers upside with his length at 6-5 to defend multiple positions. Shooting is considered his weakness, but his "tremendous playmaking skills, multi-positional defensive abilities, energy that he brings to the floor, and his competitive approach" make him a sought-after prospect, Corey Evans wrote on Rivals. He wrote this spring that Harris' stock is rising and he will be one of the top high school point guards available in the spring signing period. PrepHoops.com wrote that Harris is a "very good facilitator and has really impressed with his court vision." Harris averaged 11.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.4 blocks and led his team, Saint James, to a MAC championship this spring.