Not many people realize Grant Sherfield, a unanimous four-star basketball recruit in the class of 2019, is originally from Wichita.
That’s about to change after Sherfield, a 6-foot-2 guard ranked as the No. 110 prospect by Rivals, announced Tuesday that he has committed to play for Wichita State, choosing the Shockers and coach Gregg Marshall over Minnesota and Wake Forest, among others.
Sherfield will be the third Wichita guard to stay home and play for the Shockers recently, joining Conner Frankamp (2015-18) and Samajae Haynes-Jones (2017-19).
“I want to come back to my city and put on for my city,” Sherfield told The Eagle. “I’m coming back home to play for Coach Marshall and he believes in me.”
Sherfield grew up in Wichita, but moved to Texas before his sixth grade year. He blossomed into one of the nation’s top prospects and originally signed with UCLA, but was released from his letter of intent after Steve Alford was fired in December.
Sherfield played this past season at Sunrise Academy in nearby Bel Aire, thanks to help from former WSU assistant Kyle Lindsted, who spearheaded Sherfield’s recruiting at Minnesota. Lindsted is a long-time family friend and that pull made it a difficult decision for Sherfield between Minnesota and WSU.
“At the end of the day, the hometown won out, I’ll be honest with you,” said Antione Sherfield, Grant’s father. “Minnesota had the same situation, the opportunity to walk in and compete at point guard and play in a great conference. But going home where he has friends, family, back to the place where it all started, that won out. Even though we moved to Texas, he was born in Wichita and it’s in his blood.”
It is a significant recruiting victory for Marshall, who will sign his fifth top-150 recruit (by Rivals’ rankings) on Wednesday when the spring signing period opens and his second-highest recruit, only behind Landry Shamet, during his tenure at Wichita State.
Sherfield’s commitment vaulted Wichita State to the 39th best recruiting class for 2019, according to Rivals, the second-best in the American Athletic Conference. WSU has another top-150 recruit signed in combo guard Tyson Etienne, as well as three-star recruits in point guard Noah Fernandes and forward DeAntoni Gordon.
Sherfield said he was up in the air going into his official visit to WSU this past weekend, but was convinced he needed to be a Shocker after talking extensively with Marshall.
“Coach Marshall wants me to come in right away and make an impact and be a leader on the team because that’s what point guards do,” Sherfield said. “He wants me to step in right away and be the starting point guard of the team. It’s always a good feeling to hear that.
“It feels good to have everything finished and know where I’m going to go. Now it’s time to get back to work.”
After WSU posted its second-lowest assist rate and third-lowest offensive efficiency in Marshall’s 12 years last season, it’s clear Marshall made it a priority to find guards who can create for themselves and others.
The end result is Marshall landing a pair of top-150 guards in Sherfield and Etienne who both fit the bill on top of a traditional point guard in Fernandes. Sherfield excels in playing out of the pick-and-roll and has the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter, making him a threat when he doesn’t have the ball. Now those three freshmen will compete for playing time at the two guard positions with returners Jamarius Burton and Erik Stevenson, both sophomores.
There are sure to be growing pains with so many underclassmen handling the ball, but there’s no doubt Marshall has raised WSU’s ceiling by stockpiling this much talent. The Shockers now have one last scholarship to offer in their 2019 class, which will likely go to a power forward.
For Sherfield, it’s a dream come true.
“Back when we used to go to Shocker games when he was 7, 8 years old, he probably envisioned this,” Antione Sherfield said. “Now he’ll have that opportunity to play in front of 10,000 fans every night and I think the city will get to see how dynamic he is.”