Opponent Watch 2019-2020: Wichita State

After one of the most challenging and rewarding seasons of his career, the timing of an attractive offer to go elsewhere could not have come at a better time for Wichita State. Marshall has rebuilt his roster and is optimistic after the Shockers won 14 of their final 18 games. He will lose just one senior after next season.

He told no one outside of Kresse and his immediate family of the offer, and instead of using it as an opportunity to get more money or years on his contract, he decided he was content and told Arkansas no.

“It would take something like that for us to leave, and I don’t know that we will ever leave,” Marshall, 56, told The Athletic . “But at the same time, we haven’t buried our head in the sand. We don’t say we’re absolutely never going anywhere.”

But as the years pass, it looks more and more like Marshall will stay where he’s happy and loved.

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Football coaches haven’t figured it out yet, but basketball coaches are. Better money doesn’t mean a better situation.

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Big loss for the Shockers. Allen was a transfer from WVU and was considered to be a strong offensive player…nickname was Teddy Buckets.

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Man they always get good OOC games. Despite last year this add was a slam dunk for the AAC. Great fans great arena great program. Schedule did us no favors 2 years ago when we were their AAC opener. It was like Oregon last year opening FC yeah right we’re not losing this game.

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I agree with you they bring value and competition. Their first year they looked strong. Hoping they make tournament this year

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Marshall signed five freshmen and a junior college forward. He has only one senior and two juniors on scholarship, meaning the Shockers once again will be one of the youngest teams in college basketball. But the vibe around the program is much different. Last year he told those close to him he’d be satisfied if his team finished above .500. Now the expectation is to get back to the NCAA Tournament.

“We understand a lot of things that we didn’t get at the beginning, like how hard we need to play and how valuable the ball is,” senior center Jaime Echenique says. “We really matured at the end of the year to understand how hard we had to play and how hard this program always plays.

“Last year all of us new guys, it wasn’t easy for us. These new guys are learning really quickly.”

Man, I’d love for @JosephDuarte or @HRReview to do something like this with Alan Bishop (if the staff allows that kind of access).

https://www.kansas.com/sports/college/wichita-state/article233330947.html

At the start of the summer, Wichita State strength and conditioning coach Kerry Rosenboom sat down with each men’s basketball player and designed a summer workout plan.

Now that summer workouts have concluded and the players have the next few weeks off before classes at WSU start on August 19, Rosenboom gave The Eagle an update on each scholarship player heading into the 2019-20 season.