When the off-season began, it was unclear as to what the Wichita State Shockers would look like next season. Both Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker were rumoured to be heading to the NBA Draft, and the likes of Darius Carter were graduating.
VanVleet and Baker both opted to return to Wichita State for their senior seasons, giving the Shockers one of the best back court duos in the country. Their decisions to return also made the Shockers the pre-season favourite in the Missouri Valley Conference.
On Friday afternoon, the outlook for the Shockers in 2015-16 got even brighter.
Cleveland State graduate transfer Anton Grady committed to Wichita State, choosing to play for the Shockers over a handful of high-major programs.Over his high school and collegiate career, Grady has been marred with knee injuries, To date, he has required three surgeries to repair various injuries.
In 2014-15, the 6’8” forward was healthy for the entire season. He averaged 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Vikings as a senior.
With the aforementioned graduation of Darius Carter, the Shockers lose their starting big man. If Grady can remain healthy during the 2015-16 season, he has the ability to provide the Shockers with a much-needed boost inside going forwards.
As a graduate transfer, Grady is eligible to play right away for Gregg Marshall, and helps to solidify the Shockers as the favourite to take home the Missouri Valley title come next March.