NCB On The Trail: Wichita State

In order to return to the NCAA tournament, a team needs contributions from both returning players and incoming recruits. Here's a look at Wichita State and its chances of dancing again in 2015.

Quick references:
2013-14 roster
2014 recruiting

Possible 2014-2015 starting five:
G: Fred VanVleet
G: Tekele Cotton
G: Ron Baker
F: Rashard Kelly
F: Darius Carter

NM State adds 7-foot-3 Tanveer Bhullar

July, 17, 2013
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Class of 2013 center Tanveer Bhullar (Toronto/Father Henry Carr) committed to New Mexico State on Tuesday night, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

The 7-foot-3 Bhullar is the younger brother of 7-foot-5 Aggies sophomore center Sim Bhullar.

"It felt like family there, because I know half of the people on the team," Bhullar told the paper. "Other schools showed interest, but I wanted to end it early. I'm happy that I'm committed and ready to head down to school and get ready to play basketball."

Bhullar also had interest form Oklahoma, Oregon , Wichita State and New Mexico.
Junior forward Zach Brown (Houston/South Kent School) committed to Wichita State over Texas, Kansas State, Providence, Creighton and Washington on Saturday. Brown is the Shockers' first commitment in the Class of 2014.

Brown's stock has risen recently after a strong spring.


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Wichita St. gets 2014 wing commitment

May, 4, 2013
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Class of 2014 small forward Zach Brown (Houston/South Kent School) committed to Wichita State on Friday night, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-7 Brown chose the Shockers over Providence and Washington. He is the first recruit for Wichita State from the 2014 class.

3-star PF signs with LSU 

April, 18, 2013
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Senior power forward Brian Bridgewater (Baton Rouge, La./Scotlandville Magnet) ended his recruitment on Wednesday by signing his letter of intent with his hometown LSU Tigers.

Bridgewater announced his decision at a news conference then made it official with his signature. He chose the Tigers over Wichita State.


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Wichita State lands PF Shaq Morris 

October, 23, 2012
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6-foot-8 power forward Shaquille Morris (Edmond, Okla./Edmond Memorial) verbally committed to Wichita State on Monday, according to The Oklahoman.

Morris chose the Shockers over Oral Roberts, Lamar and Florida Gulf Coast.

"Wichita State is getting a kid who is just now starting to tap into some of the physical promise he has," Memorial coach Shane Cowherd told the paper. "He's very explosive, and his quickness belies his size. He's so physically strong, but he's very quick, almost cat-quick at times. He's very mobile, and he's starting to tap into those tools."

Morris joins point guard Ri'an Holland (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) and power forward Earl Watson (Fort Pierce, Fla./Chipola College) in WSU's 2013 class.

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Cameron Payne picks Murray State 

September, 17, 2012
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Memphis, Tenn. native Cameron Payne (Lausanne Collegiate) verbally committed to Murray State on Monday, according to The Wichita Eagle.

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Wichita State landed its second commitment from the 2013 class Tuesday with a pledge from point guard Ri'an Holland (Hope Mills, N.C./South View), according to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer.

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The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Thursday that junior point guard JeQuan Lewis (Dickson County, Tenn./Dickson County H.S.) has verbally committed to Virginia Commonwealth.

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SF Hawkins headed to MVC 

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Small forward Deontae Hawkins (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar H.S.) ended his recruitment on Wednesday with a commitment to Wichita State. The news was first reported by www.scout.com.

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The Omaha World-Herald reported on Monday that Nebraska has landed a verbal commitment from Bosnian big man Fahro Alihodzic.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center spent two years at Fordham before enrolling at Southeastern Iowa C.C. in September. He told the paper he had also considered Wichita State and Washington State.

"I wanted to get it over with because we have a great team here at SCC,"' Alihodzic said. "We've got a chance to win a national championship, and I wanted to focus on that."

Alihodzic joins small forward Shavon Shields, point guard Benny Parker, center Keith Coleman and small forward Jerran Youngin Doc Sadler's 2012 class.

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