Wichita State has been a mid major power house in the college basketball ranks under the decade long leadership of head coach Gregg Marshall.
Today, the program took the next step as according to CBS sports insider Gary Parrish, the American Athletic conference has officially accepted Wichita State to join the conference beginning in the 2017-2018 season.
The Shockers have won 30 plus games in four of the past five seasons with tournament wins in each season. Wichita State reached the Final Four in the 2012-2013 season.
Marshall has built a terrific program and has sent five players to the NBA in his tenure at the school. Gal Mekel, Toure’ Murry, Cleanthony Early, Ron Baker and Fred Van Vleet have all been key players that have builtthis program to what it is today.
Wichita State now joins a conference with better teams as they will now match up with Uconn, Cincinnati, SMU, and Houston throughout the season. A significant step up from the competition they faced in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Led by returning guard Landry Shamet and forward Markis McDuffie, the Shockers are in prime position to compete in the AAC. They are more likely the favorite entering the season.
The Shockers should be ranked in the preseason top 10 when the season begins.
Adding Wichita State is a great strategic move by the AAC as they added one of the best college basketball programs in today’s game into the conference. Wichita State now should no longer be under seeded by the time the NCAA tournament comes around.