Cedar Ridge (Ark.) High guard Austin Reaves signed a letter of intent with Wichita State’s men’s basketball team on Wednesday.
“His scoring numbers stand out, because that’s what he needed to do in order for his high school team to be successful, but we think Austin is the complete package,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said in a news release. “Growing up in a basketball family, he’s already developed a great skillset. He handles the ball well, plays good fundamental defense, and has a knack for getting to the foul line. He’s also a guy who excels at making plays for others.”
Reaves (6-foot-5) averaged 32.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists. He scored 73 points in a triple-overtime game and scored 56 or more four times for the Class 3A champions. He earned All-Class 3A honors twice and played for three state champions in his four seasons.
“His greatest quality is as a teammate,” said Matt Hall, his coach with the Arkansas Wings summer team, in January. “He makes everybody around him better. He would have games for us in the summer where he would score six or eight points and have eight rebounds and seven assists. He understands what needs to happen.”
Reaves had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder on March 23. He will continue his rehab in Wichita when he reports for summer school in June. He said he hopes to be cleared to play if WSU takes an exhibition trip in August.
Reaves will join three players who signed with WSU in November — Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College guard Daishon Smith, Pearl River (Miss.) forward Darral Willis and Brewster (N.H.) Academy guard C.J. Keyser.
Two WSU programs honored for APR — WSU’s volleyball team and women’s golf team earned APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.
Both finished with Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of the nation in 2014-15.
It is the seventh consecutive honor for volleyball and third for women’s golf.
Season celebration on Thursday — Wichita State will hold its men’s basketball celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday at Koch Arena.
The seniors will address the crowd and coaches will hand out team awards. Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet will address the crowd with a video filmed before they left town to train for their professional careers.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is free. Due to time constraints, players will not sign autographs.
Baseball team adds lefty — Chaparral (Ariz.) High pitcher Alex Segal signed with WSU’s baseball team.
Segal, a 6-4 lefty, is 3-1 with 1.97 ERA as a senior. He is ranked the No. 23 prospect in Arizona and the No. 4 left-handed pitcher by Perfect Game.
A LOOK AT THE NEWCOMERS
▪ Guard Daishon Smith (6-foot-1) earned All-Panhandle Conference honors for Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College. He averaged 16.2 points, making 41.7 percent of his shots and 37 percent of his threes, for Tallahassee (21-12). He averaged 5.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.3 turnovers.
▪ Pearl River (Miss.) Community College forward Darral Willis (6-8) was named to third-team NJCAA All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division. He averaged 18.4 points and 10.4 rebounds for the Wildcats (16-9), making 59 percent of his shots and 75.3 percent of his free throws.
▪ Guard C.J. Keyser (6-4) of Brewster (N.H.) Academy is listed as a three-star prospect by ESPN.com and 247sports.com. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists for Brewster, which went 29-5.
▪ Cedar Ridge (Ark.) guard Austin Reaves (6-4) averaged 32.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists in leading his team to the Class 3A title. Reaves, who plans to sign with WSU on Wednesday, scored 56 or more four times, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, with a high of 73 against Forrest City in a 117-115 triple-overtime win in December.