Wichita State Shockers

Ranking Wichita State’s basketball players: 11-20

Jamie Thompson, No. 11
Jamie Thompson, No. 11

Eagle columnist Bob Lutz ranks the Wichita State basketball program’s best players, 10 per week through March 12. Go to Kansas.com to see bios of players already revealed.

11. Jamie Thompson

6-3 forward

Wichita (East)

Years at WSU: 1964-67

Thompson, a two-time All-Valley player, averaged 17.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in his career. He was WSU’s leading scorer in the 1965 Final Four and had a remarkable junior season a year later, averaging 22 points and 8.3 rebounds. As a senior, Thompson made 124 of 137 free-throw attempts.

12. Robert Elmore

6-10center

Jamaica, N.Y.

Years at WSU: 1973-77

Perhaps the finest center in Shocker history, Elmore averaged 14.1 points and 12.4 rebounds during his career, including 13.8 points and 15.8 rebounds as a senior. He was a first-team All-Valley choice in three seasons and ranks second to Xavier McDaniel in career rebounds.

13. Kelly Pete

6-1 guard

Wichita (East)

Years at WSU: 1963-66

Pete, now Mohamed Sharif, was a tough-as-nails guard who averaged 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds during his career and was one of the best defenders in the Missouri Valley Conference. He averaged 17.3 points as a junior and 16.5 as a senior while shooting 47 percent from the field.

14. Aubrey Sherrod

6-2 guard

Wichita (Heights)

Years at WSU: 1981-85

Sherrod, one of the finest shooters in Shocker history, played most of his career without a three-point line. He scored 1,765 career points and averaged 15.3 points. Sherrod also ranks among WSU’s career leaders in steals (6th) and assists (7th).

15. Ernie Moore

5-10 guard

Kansas City, Kan. (Sumner)

Years at WSU: 1960-64

Before Fred VanVleet, Moore was considered the finest point guard in Wichita State history. He scored 1,055 career points but used up his eligibility in his senior season, 1963-64, after only eight games. That team lost to Kansas State in an NCAA regional championship game.

16. Gene Wiley

6-10 center

Amarillo, Texas

Years at WSU: 1959-62

Wiley, who had a long career in the NBA, is arguably the finest defensive player in WSU history. He was credited with 80 blocks during the 1961-62 season, including a school-record 15 in a game against Purdue. Wiley averaged 12.5 and 13.0 points in his final two seasons.

17. Paul Miller

6-10 center

Jefferson City, Mo.

Years at WSU: 2001-06

Miller was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2005-06, when he led Wichita State to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 18 seasons. The Shockers reached the Sweet 16 as Miller averaged 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds.

18. Jason Perez

6-4 guard-forward

San Antonio

Years at WSU: 1996-2000

Perez ranks sixth in Shocker history with 1,839 points and was selected as the team’s MVP in all four of his seasons. His selection to the All-MVC team in 2000 ended an 11-year drought for Wichita State.

19. Ron Harris

6-6 forward

Pittsburgh

Years at WSU: 1969-72

Among underrated Shockers, Harris ranks highly. He was a prolific scorer, averaging 16.9 points during his three seasons. He also averaged eight rebounds. Harris finished with 1,322 career points and 624 rebounds in only 78 games.

20. Toure Murry

6-5 guard

Houston

Years at WSU: 2008-12

Murry led the 2011-12 Shockers to the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance since 2006, and scored 1,539 career points. He also ranks second to Fred VanVleet in career assists and second to Jason Perez in steals.

Players already revealed

21. Terry Benton

22. Al Tate

23. Nate Bowman

24. Greg Carney

25. John Cooper

26. Lanny Van Eman

27. Bob Wilson

28. Ron Washington

29. Tekele Cotton

30. Maurice Evans

31. P.J. Couisnard

32. Jamar Howard

33. Randy Burns

34. Rich Morsden

35. Bob Hodgson

36. Carl Hall

37. Sasha Radunovich

38. Joe Ragland

39. Kyle Wilson

40. Jamie Arnold

41. Joe Stevens

42. Ron Heller

43. Malcolm Armstead

44. Vince Smith

45. Cal Bruton

46. Clevin Hannah

47. Steve Grayer

48. Don Woodworth

49. Garrett Stutz

50. Melvin Reed

51. Dave Leach

52. Randy Smithson

53. Paul Scheer

54. J.T. Durley

55. Tony Martin

56. Leonard Kelley

57. Ron Mendell

58. Sean Ogirri

59. Bob Trogele

60. Gus Santos

61. Robert Gray

62. Terrell Benton

63. Darius Carter

64. Dwight Praylow

65. Paul Guffrovich

66. Ramon Clemente

67. Charlie Brent

68. Ray Shirley

69. Matt Braeuer

70. Preston Carrington

71. Henry Carr

72. Rob Kampman

73. Neil Strom

74. Robert George

75. Karl Papke

76. Jim Givens

77. John Smith

78. Gaylon Nickerson

79. Troy Mack

80. Jim McNerney

81. Joe Griffin

82. Lew Hill

83. Graham Hatch

84. Steve Kalocinski

85. Ozell Jones

86. L.D. Swanson

87. C.C. McFall

88. Darin Miller

89. John Gales

90. Larry Callis

91. Aaron Hogg

92. Terry Hankton

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, plus watch a video of Eagle sportswriters talking about players 31-40.

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 21-30

▪ Players 31-40

▪ Players 41-50

▪ Players 51-60

▪ Players 61-70

▪ Players 71-80

▪ Players 81-90

▪ Players 91-100

Check back next Saturday for the final 10 players, as well as the results of fan voting.

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