Wichita State Shockers

Ranking Wichita State’s basketball players: 81-90

Joe Griffin, right, is No. 81 on The Eagle’s list of top 100 Shocker basketball players.
Joe Griffin, right, is No. 81 on The Eagle’s list of top 100 Shocker basketball players. The Wichita Eagle

81. Joe Griffin

6-0 guard

Chicago

Years at WSU: 1985-88

Griffin was a two-year starter for the Shockers and the point guard on two NCAA Tournament teams under Eddie Fogler. Griffin didn’t score much but excelled in floor leadership. His 181 assists in 1987-88 ranks No. 5 all-time in Shocker history and his 4.9 assists per game ranks sixth.

82. Lew Hill

6-5 forward

Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Years at WSU: 1985-88

Hill averaged 13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and shot nearly 53 percent for a 20-10 team in 1987-88 that lost to DePaul in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 9.6 points as a junior-college transfer in 1985-86 and missed the following season with an injury.

83. Graham Hatch

6-4 forward

Mesa, Ariz.

Years at WSU: 2007-11

Hatch scored 700 career points and was the MVP of the 2011 NIT, making two big three-pointers down the stretch in the championship-game victory over Alabama. Hatch was even more valuable as a defender and scrapper during his career.

84. Steve Kalocinski

6-6 forward

Burnham, Ill.

Years at WSU: 1975-79

Kalocinski, a role player during his first three years, had a big finish in 1978-79, Gene Smithson’s first year as coach, when he averaged 13.8 points and 8.3 rebounds for a 14-14 team.

85. Ozell Jones

6-11 center

Long Beach, Calif.

Years at WSU: 1979-81

Jones played two seasons at WSU before transferring to Cal State Fullerton. As the starting center, Jones, who died in 2006, averaged 7.8 points and 7.1 rebounds playing alongside Cliff Levingston and Antoine Carr on the front line.

86. L.D. Swanson

6-2 guard

Garland, Texas

Years at WSU: 1993-95

A junior-college transfer, Swanson was a two-year starter and averaged 14.6 points and nearly six assists for the Shockers as a senior. He made three game-winning shots near the buzzer during his senior season.

87. C.C. McFall

6-4 guard

Benton Harbor, Mich.

Years at WSU: 2000-02

McFall played on Mark Turgeon’s first two teams and averaged 10.5 and 10.1 points. McFall was a tough defender, too, and averaged more than four assists as a senior.

88. Darin Miller

6-9 center

Wellington

Years at WSU: 1993-97

Miller had a solid four-year career at WSU, scoring 946 points and grabbing 505 rebounds though never averaging double figures as a scorer. He shot 50.5 percent from the field as a senior.

89. John Gales

6-5 forward

Fort Worth

Years at WSU: 1958-61

Gales averaged 10.9, 9.2 and 11.2 points for Ralph Miller during his three seasons and was a key part of the 18-8 team in 1960-61 that started a string of successful seasons. He was a starter on that team along with Gene Wiley, Ron Heller, Lanny Van Eman and Ernie Moore.

90. Larry Callis

6-7 forward

Bay City, Texas

Years at WSU: 1992-96

Callis improved steadily throughout his career and averaged 9.2 points and 8.7 rebounds as a senior. He had 26 rebounds against Drake in 1996, tied for the third-most rebounds in a game in Shocker history.

The Greatest Shockers 1 to 100

Bob Lutz ranks the top Wichita State players of the modern era, beginning in 1951-52 when Ralph Miller took over as coach.

▪ Where do the 21st century stars rank in Shocker history?

▪ Players 91-100

▪ Players 81-90

▪ Players 71-80

Check back each Saturday for the next 10 players.

Players already revealed

91. Aaron Hogg

92. Terry Hanton

93. Ev Wessel

94. Bill Lang

95. Gary Thompson

96. Evan Wessel

97. Darrin Williams

98. Ryan Herrs

99. Dwayne Praylow

100. David Kyles

Go to Kansas.com to see bios of players who have already been revealed.

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