Down to its last scholarship for its 2018 recruiting class, the Wichita State men's basketball team is in search of an immediate impact player for next season.
Ehab Amin, a 6-foot-4 wing who is a graduate transfer from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, seems to fit the bill. Amin used an official visit on Wichita State, which will wrap up on Thursday, and is expected to make a decision soon with WSU and Nevada in the lead. He is immediately eligible to play in the 2018-19 season.
Amin missed all of this past season due to a hip injury but was a mid-major All-American in the 2016-17 season for Corpus Christi. He led all of Division I in total steals (124) and steals per game (3.4). He also averaged 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds, as the Egyptian native split time between point guard and power forward for the Islanders.
It's not hard to imagine how Amin could help alter WSU's defense immediately. For reference, Amin's steal rate of 5.8 percent nearly equaled that of the entire WSU team (6.6 percent) last season. The Shockers ranked 325th in the country in steals per game (4.4) and steal rate.
The decline in steals was just a part of a larger decline in WSU's overall defense, something coach Gregg Marshall has tried to rectify in one recruiting class. Amin would be a one-year jolt, but a jolt nonetheless that could return the Shockers to their elite level of defense.
On top of being a heady defender, Amin has shown an ability to be a plus rebounder from the guard position. He's good at scoring in transition or when he can use his physicality on a smaller guard in the post, but he has limitations around the perimeter. While he did make 37 percent of three-pointers during his sophomore year, Amin is a career 30-percent shooter on 251 attempts.
Amin can handle the ball or play off-ball and serve as a dangerous slasher, while his ability to defend bigger than his size gives WSU plenty of versatility on who he could be on the court with. He could play on the wing in a traditional line-up or play the power forward position if WSU wants to play small-ball and not sacrifice defense.
Landing Amin would not only make WSU better next season, but it would also help break up a massive recruiting class that will feature eight first-year players on the Shockers. Amin would join junior-college transfers Jaime Echenique and Ricky Torres as non-freshman recruits.