The Shocker fans who traveled to Hutchinson for the Three Rivers (Mo.) Community College game hit their targets on Tuesday. Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and wife Lynn were there. So were at least two players, Garrett Stutz and Jerome Hamilton. The black-and-yellow traveling party watched signee Ehimen Orukpe and guard Marquise Carter, a sophomore who said he is considering WSU, Oklahoma and Gonzaga.
Fan after fan congratulated Orukpe as he stood outside the interview room. Carter noticed the Shocker gear in the crowd, as well.
“Big impression,” Carter said. “I saw Coach (Marshall) out there. I liked that. That showed a lot of love to me, and I really appreciated that.”
Carter said his main focus is on the tournament. He expects to make a college decision in the week after Hutchinson. He scored 15 points and made 11 of 12 free throws in Three Rivers’ 81-69 win over Monroe (N.Y.). Three Rivers plays Northwest Florida State at 6 p.m., Wednesday.
Orukpe, a 7-foot freshman center, blocked three shots and missed three of his four shots. That sums up where he is – raw offensively with the ability to defend the rim. He, too, is focused on winning in Hutch. Three Rivers is unranked and, in his mind, not getting much run as a favorite.
“It feels great to have our first win,” he said. “A lot of blogs and teams underrated us. We’re kind of playing as underdogs. We like that role.”
- Watched Indiana State lose to Saint Louis on Tuesday in the CBI. The Sycamores didn’t have Harry Marshall, who reinjured his broken foot in the MVC Tournament.
- Creighton defeated South Dakota 89-78 in the CIT. Not sure the Valley’s ego could have handled a loss in that game.
- Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College forward Will Clyburn, a sophomore, will visit WSU for Wednesday’s NIT game. According to Rivals, he is also considering schools such as Saint Louis, Utah, Northern Iowa and Iowa State.
- When I left Koch Arena for Hutch on Tuesday morning, around 7,700 tickets had been sold for Wednesday’s game.