Before they were Shockers

RON BAKER CIRCA 2011

We’re working on our second day in Atlanta – my third in Georgia – and the hype around Wichita State’s first appearance in the Final Four is everything you thought it would be here at ground zero.

So with all the frenzy around what’s going on right now, I thought a trip back in time might be in order. Let’s take a look at some of the Shockers, before they were Shockers.  Here’s my story on WSU forward Carl Hall that ran in today’s special section.

Let’s hop in the Delorean for a trip down memory lane:

RON BAKER

Baker is someone who is really familiar to WSU fans because he grew up playing ball in Scotty City – just four hours or so west of Wichita.

CLEANTHONY EARLY

Early was a star at SUNY-Sullivan, an NJCAA Division III juco, before coming to Wichita State. Because I cover a lot of junior college stuff, I can attest that the buzz on this guy was tremendous. Coaches in the Jayhawk Conference seemed to know what kind of player he could be when Gregg Marshall signed him.

MALCOLM ARMSTEAD

Florida junior-college basketball is some of the best in the nation, and Armstead was one of the best players in the country when he was at Chipola JC before transferring to the University of Oregon, where he played in 2010-2011. He sat out last year with WSU and turned into a star this season.

FRED VAN VLEET

The Rockford, Ill., product has come into his own in the NCAA Tournament, starting with his shot from the hip for a long-distance three-pointer that sank No.1 Gonzaga in Salt Lake City. The freshman is a keeper, as we can see from his high school highlights. 

TEKELE COTTON

Cotton played his high school ball not far from Atlanta, and this short clip will ring familiar with Shocker fans.

JAKE WHITE

The Chaska, Minn., native might still have his best basketball ahead of him – but watch him dominate against Minnetonka. UPSET ALERT!!!

GREGG MARSHALL

This Winthrop preview from 2006 is pretty sweet, just like that turtleneck Coach GM is rocking.

 

 

I’ll check back in with another blog later today.

TA