The Wichita State Shockers are already national darlings despite being the definition of a mid-major program, meaning that they’re probably loved even more in Wichita. Sure enough, that is the case as players Ron Baker, Fred VanVleet and Evan Wessel recently starred in a commercial for local restaurant Carlos O’Kelly’s.
Check the TV spots out below!
All three players involved ran out of NCAA eligibility the moment the Shockers were eliminated from this year’s NCAA Tournament, so they were free to do the commercial for financial compensation.
“We’ve had our eyes on them for a long time,” Dave Phillips, Carlos O’ Kelly’s director of restaurant marketing said to the Wichita Eagle. “The second their eligibility was up, we were on the phone with Gregg’s (Marshall) assistant and asked them permission to talk with these guys.”
Sure enough, the trio made two commercials and they’re absolutely hilarious. Nothing sells a local establishment like some local heroes and though Baker’s acting is a bit wooden, he still comes off with incredible charisma and seems legitimately frustrated with the referees over an alleged double-dip.
These commercials start airing today so if you live in the Wichita area, be sure to turn on your TVs at some point today!
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