Almost two weeks after head coach Gregg Marshall decided to remain with the team, it appears that he’ll have two of his best players back with him and the Wichita State Shockers next season. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, guards Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet will return for their senior seasons.
Wichita State's Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet are both returning to school, sources told ESPN. Shockers will be Preseason Top 10 team.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 13, 2015
Wichita State finished the season with a 30-5 overall record (17-1 Missouri Valley Conference) this year and entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 7 seed, upsetting No. 2 Kansas in the Round of 32 before falling to No. 3 Notre Dame in the Sweet Sixteen.
Baker and VanVleet were the two leading scorers on the team and played a tremendous role in carrying the Shockers forward a year after the team went undefeated before being eliminated by Kentucky in last year’s tournament.
Baker, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, averaged a team best 14.7 points per game and shot 43 percent from the field this season while making 38 percent of his threes. He also chipped in 4.5 rebounds per contest, not at all bad for someone his size.
VanVleet, the 6-foot point man, was right behind Baker with 13.6 points per game and led the Shockers with 5.2 assists per game. Nbadraft.net did not have either player selected in its latest mock draft, while DraftExpress projected Baker as a second round pick.
All that is moot now, as both players will return to school and continue their effort to bring the Shockers back to the Final Four and hopefully win a national championship.
With the help of incoming freshman Markis McDuffie, Baker and VanVleet are destined for a fine senior season and as a result, Wichita State is once again a team to watch.
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