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Wichita State basketball won’t take exhibition option this summer

WSU coach Gregg Marshall said next summer makes more sense to take the Shockers on an exhibition tour.
WSU coach Gregg Marshall said next summer makes more sense to take the Shockers on an exhibition tour. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State’s men’s basketball team will likely push its foreign exhibition trip to the summer of 2016.

Coach Gregg Marshall considered using the once-every-four-years option in August. Instead, he decided next season’s Shockers will benefit more from the 10 practices and three or four games against international competition.

“Next year … will be a better time for us to go,” he said Monday on the Missouri Valley Conference coaches conference call.

This season’s Shockers are experienced with seniors Evan Wessel, Ron Baker, Fred VanVleet, Bush Wamukota and Anton Grady. Baker and VanVleet will try out for the Pan Am team in July. Should they make the team, Marshall said he wouldn’t play them in August and risk over-working his backcourt. Sophomore transfer Conner Frankamp couldn’t play in August because he doesn’t become eligible at WSU until Dec. 12.

▪  USA Basketball released the names of the 20 players joining Baker and VanVleet in Colorado Springs for the Pan Am tryouts.

Notable names include Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, Baylor’s Rico Gathers, Iowa State’s Monte Morris, Butler’s Kellen Dunham and former Kansas star Keith Langford.

Former WSU coach Mark Turgeon will coach during training camp. Former WSU assistant Tad Boyle is one of Mark Few’s assistants for the team.

The training camp runs July 7-12 in Colorado Springs. After cuts, the team trains July 13-16 in Chicago. The Pan Am Games begin July 21 in Toronto.

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