Three future Shockers signed their national letter of intent this week, as Gregg Marshall and Wichita State finalized its 2019 fall basketball recruiting with the additions of DeAntoni Gordon, Noah Fernandes and Tyson Etienne.
WSU announced on Saturday evening the signings of Gordon, a 6-foot-8 forward from Mobile, Ala., Fernandes, a 6-0 point guard from Mattapoisett, Mass., and Etienne, a 6-1 combo guard from Englewood, N.J.
“All three of these young men are dynamic people and the type of individuals that we want in our program,” Marshall said in a statement on GoShockers.com.
On Gordon, Marshall said: “I’m very pleased to have DeAntoni joining our program. He committed as a junior, which is probably the earliest commit that I can recall, and he honored that commitment all the way through. His high school coach, Jeffrey Pope, and AAU coach, Kirven Lang, both have been a great influence on DeAntoni, and I’ve enjoyed watching him as a player. He is a super hard-worker, and his body and game are both rapidly developing. I think he will quickly become a crowd-favorite with his athleticism, length and ability to move around the court.”
On Fernandes, Marshall said: “Noah Fernandes is a guy that I saw at the Peach Jam in early July. I loved his ability to be the consummate floor general at point guard. He’s very cerebral and tough. Noah makes winning plays and is a great communicator. People are drawn to his leadership skills. He can score, as well as run the team, and he guards the basketball with tenacity. He’s being well-schooled at Woodstock by Coach Tony Bergeron and comes from a great family.”
On Etienne, Marshall said: “This is a young man we really liked on the recruiting trail. He played for Coach Terrance ‘Munch’ Williams and the PSA Cardinal on the summer circuit. He’s a combo guard who can play off-the-ball as well as handle it. He’s a dead-eye shooter and body-ready to compete for major minutes walking in the door.”
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Gordon was recruited as a power forward but has added versatility and range to his game and can now be imagined playing the small forward position as well. He will play his high school senior season at LeFlore, where he led the team to a 28-7 record and the regional semifinals. Gordon was the team’s best player, averaging 15.4 points on 58-percent shooting, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
He was recruited to WSU by assistant Isaac Brown. Gordon is rated universally as a three-star prospect; Rivals rates him the 38th-best power forward in his class; ESPN assigns him a 79 scout grade; and 247 Sports has him the No. 223 overall prospect. He verbally committed to WSU before his junior season and chose the Shockers over offers from UAB, Cal-State Northridge and New Mexico State.
“He’s great in transition,” his AAU coach, Kirven Lang, told The Eagle. “He’s got a good mid-range game. He gets the rebound and he’s going to start the break.”
Fernandes was recruited to be WSU’s future starting point guard. Recruiting analysts raved about his competitiveness. “He’s going to impact Wichita State from Day 1 in some way, shape or form,” Corey Evans of Rivals told The Eagle. He bounced around the prep circuit in Massachussetts, averaging more than 20 points per game at Tabor Academy last season, but will play his postgraduate year at Woodstock (Conn.) Academy.
He was also recruited to WSU by assistant Isaac Brown. Fernandes is rated universally as a three-star prospect; Rivals calls him the 25th-best point guard in his class; ESPN assigns him a 77 scout grade; and 247 Sports rates him as the No. 168 overall prospect. He picked WSU over offers from Temple, East Carolina, Rhode Island, Massachussetts, Saint Louis and DePaul.
“(Coach Marshall) likes my toughness and my leadership and what I bring to the table,” Fernandes told The Eagle. “I think I have some intangibles that some other kids don’t really have. Coach Marshall has done a really good job recruiting point guards, so it was an honor for him to see that in me.”
WSU made a late push for Etienne and came away with a recruiting victory over some big programs, as Marshall pulled the second-highest rated recruit in his time at WSU and just his fourth four-star. Etienne figures to be a playmaker for WSU at either guard position with the ability to create shots for himself or for others. Recruiting analysts also rave about Etienne’s competitive spirit and his natural ability to score.
The Shockers were able to land him thanks to new assistant Tyson Waterman. Etienne, who will play his prep year at Putnam (Conn.) Academy, is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals and the No. 123 overall prospect; 247 Sports rates him as a three-star and No. 169 overall; and ESPN has yet to evaluate him. Etienne picked the Shockers over offers from Oklahoma, VCU, Seton Hall, Auburn, Minnesota and St. John’s.
“You look at Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker and Landry Shamet and Cleanthony Early and all of those guys weren’t recruited super high and I feel like I’m not recruited super high,” Etienne told The Eagle. “Those guys came in underrated and had that chip on their shoulder with something to prove and I can definitely see how those players thrive under Coach Marshall. It’s a good thing knowing those guys came in and made their dreams into a reality.”