Former Cleveland State forward Anton Grady will continue his amateur career as a Wichita State Shocker. Grady is eligible for competition immediately due to the fact that he will be attending WSU as a graduate student, having completed his undergraduate study at Cleveland State. This type of penalty-free transfer has become more common in college sports and has provided a big lift for several programs in recent years.
Coach Greg Marshall is certainly looking for the same type of difference maker out of the 23 year Grady who will be entering the program with four freshman recruits in 2015-16. Grady suffered a torn ACL early on in his 2012-13 campaign forcing him to red shirt but has rebounded nicely from the injury earning All-Defensive team honors in the Horizon league last season.
Grady’s play style and team first mentality is seemingly a great fit with the program Greg Marshall has built in Wichita, and it won’t be any surprise to see Anton pulling down boards and blocking shots in crunch time of tournament games next season.
As more student athletes continue to take advantage of penalty-free transfers as graduate students, the discussions of its legality are becoming more heated with big names such as Mike Krzyzewski weighing in against it.
However until the NCAA decides to take action, look for marquee programs like Wichita State to continue pursuing established collegiate talent to add to their increasingly younger rosters.