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Ramon Clemente makes national roster again

Former Shocker Ramon Clemente announced his inclusion on the roster for Puerto Rico’s team in the Centrobasket Championship in Mexico starting Aug. 1.

Update: Puerto Rico’s roster.

Thursday’s mock drafts

What type of team wants Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early? The consensus is he fits on a playoff team as a scorer off the bench. Teams such as Houston (which may need to replace Chandler Parsons), Oklahoma City, Memphis and Miami seem to make sense. Early, 23, profiles as a player who could contribute quickly as a three-point shooter.

We find out tonight when the NBA Draft begins at 6 p.m. Remember, the difference between the first round (guaranteed contracts) and the second round (no such thing) is significant. Expect to see Early on an NBA roster regardless, but the security and pay-check from the first round matters.

Boston Globe – No. 23 to Utah

Cleveland Plain-Dealer – No. 22 to Memphis

New Jersey Star-Ledger – No. 21 to Oklahoma City

Newsday – No. 22 to Memphis

Los Angeles Times – No. 29 to Oklahoma City

Yahoo.com – Not included

New York Post – No. 26 to Utah

Detroit News – No. 18 to Phoenix

Orange County Register – No. 26 to Miami

DraftExpress.com – No. 35 to Utah

Sports Illustrated – No. 26 to Miami

NBA.com – Not included

NBADraft.net – No. 26 to Miami

CBSSports.com – No. 24 to Charlotte

 

Cleanthony Early and the NBA Draft

Former Shocker Cleanthony Early is making the rounds at NBA workouts.

Former Shocker Cleanthony Early is making the rounds at NBA workouts.

We are 16 days from the NBA Draft and it appears certain Cleanthony Early will end a Wichita State drought that stretches to 1987 and likely end one dating 1985. Henry Carr (1987, 7th round, Clippers) is the most recent Shocker drafted. Xavier McDaniel (1985, Seattle) is the last Shocker to go in the first round.

Where Early stands in mock drafts:

The Sporting News: NBA execs ask some weird questions.

 

Boston Herald: Ainge wonders if Early can move from power forward to small forward

NESN: Early knows why he goes to workouts – to prove he is the best.

48 Minutes of Hell: Early’s age may cap his upside.

Deseret News: Early fits Utah’s needs.

Valley of the Suns: What position does Early play?

 

A look at Toure Murry’s rookie season with the Knicks


Former Shocker Toure Murry played well late in the season with the Knicks out of playoff contention.

Shocker fan fashion: Frilly scarves, fuzzy heads

Frilly Shocker scarf: Don't leave Wichita without it.

Frilly Shocker scarf: Don’t leave Wichita without it.

Cruising the Shocker fan section at Scottrade Center in St. Louis this weekend, I couldn’t help but notice some definite trends in Shockerwear.

Ladies, you’re nobody if you don’t have one of these frilly black-n-yellow scarves. And I’m told they’re pretty easy to make.

For the menfolk, a must-have this undefeated season appears to be this fuzzy hat band. The item is inexpensive in Wichita fan shops and slips easily onto the standard ballcap, making  insta-Shocker-fuzz sprout from the cranial region. And it knows no age limit. The Wu-shag is donned equally well by both seniors in college and senior citizens.

Bill Cox has the fuzz, and he isn't afraid to wear it.

Bill Cox has the fuzz, and he isn’t afraid to wear it.

Willing to take a runway risk?  The black-and-gold overalls appear to be a thing again this year, or they are for Larry Boll, who was hard to miss even in all that Shocker color.

Shocker Evan Wessel’s brother Trevor Wessel didn’t want to look like all the other Shocker fans, so he used his noggin and came up with a Shocker-themed hard-hat. This trend doesn’t appear to be catching on yet, but give it time. There’s always the NCAA tournament. Read More »

Coming Wednesday: “This is Shocker basketball”

MVC Travel Channel – Terre Haute

Past stops on the MVC road

Drake

Illinois State

Missouri State

Southern Illinois

 

 

 

Monday at Koch Arena

  • Wichita State moved up to No. 4 (Associated Press poll) and No. 3 (coaches poll). Shocker coach Gregg Marshall has decided talking about the rankings is a no-win situation.

“I don’t vote,” he said. “We are where they say we are. It’s like we’re having to apologize for being pretty good. If we were 15-5 or something like that we wouldn’t have to answer these questions.”

 

  • Marshall clarified something he said after Saturday’s win at Drake. As he walked out of the interview session, he asked if the “mighty Spartans” lost again, a reference to then-No. 4 Michigan State, which played then-No. 11 Michigan that night and lost. He said he didn’t mean disrespect to Michigan State.

“That was as I was leaving the media room and someone had let me know they had lost,” he said. “I probably should have left the word ‘mighty’ out of there. I have nothing against Michigan State. I respect them quite a bit.”

 

No. 5 Wichita State at Drake

 

Filling seats around the MVC.

These places are cracking the Cox 22/ESPN3 code.

Big O, Bird, Early? (And you’ll rarely see Gregg Marshall described as taciturn).

Sampling AP top 25 ballots