Well, like the other Quick Updates, there hasn’t been a lot of major news about The Shockers lately, but just some minor stories. So here we are, with the 3rd installment of Quick Updates on Shocker Hoops.
- Wichita State was mentioned by Darrin Horn, Head Coach of South Carolina, when ESPN asked what Arena was the toughest environment to play in. Koch Arena was included with some mighty fine company, Allen Fieldhouse, Cameron Indoor, Gallagher-Iba, and The Pit. Click to view the article.
“They started coming for our NIT game about an hour and a half before the game began. Not students. Grown-ups. It was loud and obnoxious. Really tough.’’
- To go along with the other arena article, ESPN asked their analysts, what arenas were on their bucket list to see a game in, and the one and only Jay Bilas said he wanted to see a game in Koch Arena. He had some wonderful things to say about Wichita State too. Click to view the article.
“I have yet to visit Koch Arena at Wichita State for a Missouri Valley Conference game, and I’d really like to do so. That program has such great history, and I still remember guys like Xavier McDaniel, Cliff Levingston and Aubrey Sherrod when the Shockers were a national contender in the ’80s. Koch holds around 10,000 fans, and everyone I speak with talks about what a tough place it is to play in. I am really lucky to have been to some great places for games, but it doesn’t seem complete until I go to a game in Wichita.”
- Local product, Perry Ellis of Wichita Heights has scheduled 3 of his 4 in home visits, they are as follows: Kansas on Sept. 9th, K-State on Sept. 12th, and Wichita State on Sept. 13th. Kentucky will visit later in the month, but has yet to finalize a date. Click to view the article.
- I have updated the Schedule page with as much information as is released by the university. Basically it is our Non-Con schedule, minus one game which hasn’t been scheduled yet. The Valley is rumored to release the conference schedule at the end of the week.
- I finally got around to finishing up the last three recruit’s pages. Late 2011 signee, James Anacreon, who is a JUCO player from Lake Land College, and 2012 signee’s Fred VanVleet, PG out of Rockford Illinois and who is rated the #1 PG from his state, and Henry Uwadiae a 6’11” Center from Benin City, Nigeria.
- Shocker Hoops’ Twitter account has blown up recently, and surpassed 1,000 followers, and is nearing in on 1,100. Thank you to everyone who is currently following, and if you have a Twitter account and don’t follow @ShockerHoops, you should. I post quite a bit of little random tidbits about Shocker basketball and other general sports related things.