" 8. Trey Ware – Wichita State
JUCO school: South Plains
Another player who went the JUCO route after a coaching change, the former UTEP forward became a sought-after prospect after putting up 13 ppg and 6.8 rpg for the juggernaut South Plains team. At 6’7, Ware showed the ability to play both the small and power forward positions for the Shockers. And with West Virginia transfer Teddy Allen not with the program anymore, there’s an even bigger need for the JUCO newcomer to have a big impact.
Ware also will be one of the most experienced players on the roster as well, one of just three underclassmen. So not only will he have to provide on the court the production, he’ll have to be one of the leaders for the team as well. There’s a lot of unknowns for Wichita State next year but Ware’s play could answer a lot of questions about their collective ceiling."
" 4. New group of Shockers for Wichita State
After seven straight years of 25+ wins and making the NCAA Tournament, Wichita State took a step back in their second year in the AAC. Moving up from the Missouri Valley Conference was expected to be somewhat tough for the program after their former stars graduated.
The hope now is that the underclassmen core from both this year and last year’s recruiting classes are good enough to get the Shockers back into contention. For this group of newcomers specifically, it’s filled with five three-star recruits, along with wing Trey Wade, one of the top JUCO commits in the class.
Tyson Etienne and Grant Sherfield are a pair of talented combo guards that some recruiting outlets have classified as four-star prospects. Noah Fernandes is more of a pure point guard that’ll provide good perimeter depth. And to add more frontcourt talent to replace the graduated Markis McDuffie are forwards DeAntoni Gordon and Josaphat Bilau to round out the group. None of these are projected early NBA Draft prospects but there’s some real talent in this group that can be developed into All-Conference pieces in a few years.
Now in the AAC and could be dealing with a future juggernaut in Memphis, Wichita State will certainly have a tougher time at consistently making the Big Dance. Head coach Gregg Marshall has always been known as an excellent developer of talent and he’ll need to continue that with a completely new roster filled with Shockers."