Wichita State’s basketball recruiting class is at two after forward Rashard Kelly’s commitment. The Shockers need forwards and centers to fill their four scholarships that will open after the departure of centers Kadeem Coleby and Chadrack Lufile, forward Cleanthony Early and wing Nick Wiggins. WSU will also have a fifth scholarship, perhaps as early as second semester, depending on how soon the NCAA allows it to award the financial aid currently given to freshman guard D.J. Bowles.
With Kelly and forward Zach Brown, the Shockers have addressed some of those needs. Kelly appears to be a strong rebounder who can help at both forward spots and is big enough to play inside. Brown is more of a wing and will get some work at point guard this year for Sunrise Christian.
Who is else is out there?
- Rasean Davis is a 6-8 power forward from Georgia. According to Paulding County coach Kevin Hammit, WSU has offered Davis (245 pounds) a scholarship and he plans on setting up a visit. Davis is at Kent State this weekend and plans to visit Hawaii. He is also considering Southern Mississippi and Mercer. Hammitt describes him as a true back-to-the-basket player who averaged 17 points and 16 rebounds as a junior. “He’s a big kid, big body,” Hammitt said. “He could definitely put on a lot more muscle and size. He’s got really, really soft hands. Defensively, toward the end of last year, it really started to click. He probably averaged 4-5 blocks.” Davis was 6-2 as a freshman and started playing basketball. He grew to 6-4 as a sophomore and added four inches for his junior season. “He really liked the way (WSU coach Gregg Marshall) was blunt and to the point,” Hammitt said. “He wants to be pushed.”
- Joniah White is a 6-10 center at Grenada High in Mississippi. Coach Jaworski Rankin said White is highly interested in WSU and is working on a visit date. “He likes the way they get their big men involved,” Rankin said. “With his skill level, I feel he can come right in. He is versatile. He’s got a nice touch. He can pass.” Rankin said White is also considering Southern Miss, Murray State, Florida Gulf Coast and Texas A&M.
- Eric Hamilton is a 6-8 power forward at Duluth High in Georgia. His recruiting took off after he played well this summer. “I made leaps and bounds in my ballhandling, my defense and I also kept my motor the same,” Hamilton said. “Three or four months ago, I wasn’t able to bring the ball up the court and come off ball screens.” Hamilton said assistant coach Steve Forbes watched him work out earlier this week. He expects Marshall to visit next week. “I’m very serious about them,” he said. “I think they’re very serious about me. I’m expecting an offer.” He considers himself a power forward (four man) who is rapidly improving his perimeter skills so he can play small forward (three man). “I’m a 3.5 to a very versatile 4,” he said. “I bring my motor to the game. I’m constantly running the floor. I’m constantly hustling, blocking shots, rebounding.” Hamilton wants to wait to sign until the spring and may make his decision in January. He is considering many schools, including WSU, Auburn, Cleveland State, Oregon State, Memphis, Houston, Murray State, James Madison, North Florida and Youngstown State.