Wichita State Shockers

Shockers coast in exhibition with HPU

Shockers coast in exhibition with HPU
Photo Courtesy: Taylor Wilkes

Photo Courtesy: Taylor Wilkes

Wichita State 91 – Hawaii Pacific 57

Wichita State stat leaders

Points: Anton Grady – 13 points
Rebounds: Bush Wamukota – 7 rebounds
Assists: Ron Baker – 4 assists
Steals: Ron Baker & Ty Taylor II – 2 steals
Blocks: Baker, McDuffie, Morris, Brown, & Wamukota – 1 block

Hawaii Pacific stat leaders

Points: Joel Feigler – 15 points
Rebounds: Joel Feigler and Luke Hager – 6 rebounds
Assists: Rema Lascelles – 3 assists
Steals:  Colfax Nordquist – 3 steals
Blocks: NA

Wichita State’s dress rehearsal for the 2015-16 season took place on Saturday afternoon, and everything went to plan. The Shockers coasted to victory over their exhibition opponent, the Hawaii Pacific Sharks.

Coach Marshall substituted often and played with a multitude of differing lineups. In his Shocker debut, freshman Landry Shamet earned the most minutes while picking up player of the game honors from GoShockers.com with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists.

VanVleet showed off his coach look on Saturday with a dress-shirt and tie. Fred’s absence on the court was to help rest a tweaked leg injury. Joining him on the bench was sophomore Rauno Nurger, who was protecting his redshirt eligibility. Only first-year Shockers can play in exhibitions without jeopardizing the possibility of a redshirt: fellow potential redshirt Brett Barney played in front of the hometown crowd for the first time to many cheers. Barney and Nurger are both potential candidates for a redshirt on a roster already stacked with players fighting for minutes.

Anton Grady showed the Shocker faithful that there should be little worrying about lost production with the graduation of Darius Carter. Grady, a 5th-year senior transfer from Cleveland State, led all Shockers in scoring with 13 while getting to the free throw line for 10 attempts. With the emphasis on rule changes allowing less physicality in college basketball this season, Grady’s ability to draw fouls down low will be valuable.

Ron Baker played 22 minutes and scored 11 points with three rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Baker played more than his fair share of point guard with VanVleet on the bench, something that we may see more of this season if Ron and Fred aren’t on the court at the same time. Wessel played limited minutes in the exhibition, logging just nine; Evan ended the game with three points, his lone attempt from deep was met by a roar from the crowd at Koch Arena.

All five freshmen played well and looked better in their first game than I can remember a freshman class looking at Wichita State. The guard duo of Shamet and Taylor scored 10 and 11 points respectively. Landry impressed with his hoops IQ, ball-handling, and  body control around the rim. Ty Taylor II showed off his confidence shooting the rock, and his quickness aided not just his offense but his defense. Barney was the last freshman to get in the game, but scored quickly on a hook shot. McDuffie and Hamilton showed off their prowess in the post and that they have the potential to play outside. However, they both missed twice from three. Over-all, the freshman class looks more than promising, and the battle for minutes throughout the season will be interesting.

Sophomore Rashard Kelly showed the youngsters how a post player shoots from three, making his only attempt from deep. Kelly worked on his outside game this off-season and it will hopefully pay dividends. Adding a deep ball will surely open the court up for Rashard and his teammates this year. Shaq Morris scored six points on three of four attempts from the field. Bush Wamukota went scoreless for the game but made up for it by cleaning the glass with a game leading seven rebounds. Look for Wamukota to shake off the off-season jitters for Charleston Southern with better offensive production. Zach Brown had a great day shooting the rock, scoring 9 points while shooting 75% from the field, and 100% from both the 3-point and foul line.

The regular season begins this Friday at 7 p.m. when the Shockers take on the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern.

Video: GoShockers.com YouTube


 

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