Wichita State Shockers men's basketball

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Wichita State Shockers
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University Wichita State University
Head coach Isaac Brown (2nd season)
Conference The American
Location Wichita, Kansas
Arena Charles Koch Arena
(Capacity: 10,506)
Nickname Shockers
ColorsBlack and Yellow [1]
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NCAA Tournament Final Four
1965, 2013
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1964, 1965, 1981, 2013
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1964, 1965, 1981, 2006, 2013, 2015
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1964, 1965, 1976, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021
Conference Tournament Champions
1985, 1987, 2014, 2017
Conference Regular Season Champions
1921, 1933, 1964, 1965, 1976, 1981, 1983, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021

The Wichita State Shockers men's basketball team is the NCAA Division I college basketball program representing Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.


The Shockers have made 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Final Four twice, the Elite 8 four times, and the Sweet 16 six times. The team plays its home games at Charles Koch Arena, where it averaged 10,391 fans per game in 2012, ranking 38th nationally. [2]

In 2013, Wichita State reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, winning the West Regional with victories over the #1 team in the nation, Gonzaga, the #7 team in the country, Ohio State, the #20 team in the country, Pittsburgh, and La Salle, before losing to the tournament's top overall seed, Louisville. The prior year, Wichita State competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, where it lost to the #12-seeded VCU.

In 2014, Wichita State defeated the Northern Iowa Panthers in the regular season finale for their 9th Missouri Valley conference regular season title, becoming two-time defending MVC champions. The Shockers completed a perfect, undefeated regular season and swept the conference post-season tournament en route to a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament where they lost to eventual national runner-up Kentucky in the round of 32.

The Shockers competed in the Missouri Valley Conference from 1949–50 to 2016–17 and have competed in the American Athletic Conference since the 2017–18 season. [3]


Wichita State, then known as Fairmount College, first took the court in 1906 under head coach Willis Bates. During this time, the sports teams were known as the "Wheatshockers". The first official game was held in the basement of Fairmount Hall. Fairmount lost to Washburn University by a score of 37–10. During this inaugural season, the Wheatshockers only won two games.

Fairmount acquired a permanent home when Memorial Gymnasium was opened on January 15, 1921 in a game against the American Legion of Wichita. The gym was later renamed Henrion Gymnasium in 1926. That same year, the newly renamed Municipal University of Wichita (popularly known as "WU") joined the Central Conference in athletics.

WU gained notice outside of Wichita in 1927 when, led by First-Team All-American Ross McBurney and Second-Team All-American Harold Reynolds, the Wheatshockers finished the 1927 season with a 13–1 record and a second-place finish behind conference champions Pittsburg State University. [4]

Ralph Miller era

Dave Stallworth Dave Stallworth WSU.jpg
Dave Stallworth

Shocker basketball achieved greater success with the arrival of Coach Ralph Miller and Cleo Littleton in 1951. Littleton averaged 18.2 points per game as a freshman, a school record that still stands today. He was the first player west of the Mississippi to score 2,000 points in his college career and is one of only five Wichita State players to have his number retired. He was also one of the first African American players in the Missouri Valley Conference, which it joined in 1945. Littleton averaged 19 points per game during his career and he still owns 7 school records. Due to this success, Wichita State decided to construct a new home for the Shockers. Through appropriated money by the WU Board of Regents, Wichita State was able to construct a new field house for the men's basketball team, costing $1.4 million. On December 3, 1955, the Shockers played their first game in WU Field House in front of more than 9,000 fans.

Dave Stallworth entered the program in the 1961–62 season. Nicknamed "The Rave", Stallworth became the Shockers' first consensus All-American in 1964. He finished with a career scoring average of 24.2 points per game and was second on the all-time scoring list with 1,936 points. During his 13-year stint at WSU, Ralph Miller became the winningest coach in Shocker basketball history, collecting 255 victories. Miller is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and currently ranks as the eighth-winningest coach in college basketball history. [4]

Gary Thompson era

The 1964–65 season—the first after Wichita joined the state university system as Wichita State University—was the greatest in Shocker history until the 2013–14 season. On December 14, 1964, Gary Thompson led Wichita State to its first-ever No. 1 ranking. The 19–7 Shockers won the MVC and earned a berth into the Midwest Regional. After defeating Southern Methodist and an Oklahoma State team led by Henry Iba, the Shockers headed to the Final Four in Portland. There, the Shockers were matched against the defending national champion UCLA Bruins, losing 108–89. The Shockers played a third-place game against Princeton, losing 118–82.

During this period, Warren Armstrong played for the Shockers and made major contributions throughout his career. During his sophomore season, Armstrong set two school records, averaging almost 12 rebounds a game while setting a Shocker single-game assist mark with 12. Armstrong became a three-time all-Valley performer from 1966–1968, and still holds four of WSU's 10 triple double games (double-figure points, rebounds, assist, or blocks). He would later enjoy a productive career in the ABA. Terry Benton became a key contributor during this era as well, setting a WSU record of 16.8 rebounds per game for his career, and finishing his Wichita State career with 1003 points and 963 rebounds.

Harry Miller era

Wichita State went 97–90 from 1971 to 1978 under Harry Miller. They had several notable players during those years including Rich Morsden, Bob Wilson, Robert Gray, Bob Trogele, Cheese Johnson, Cal Bruton and Bob Elmore. They made it to the NCAA tournament in 1976, winning the Missouri Valley Conference and losing by one point to eventual national runner up Michigan. The following year they beat eventual NCAA Champion Marquette in Al McGuire's final home game in Milwaukee.

Gene Smithson era

In 1981, the Shockers would return to the NCAA tournament, defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 66–65 in the "Battle of New Orleans" before being defeated by LSU 96–85 in the Elite 8. The 1980–81 team featured two future NBA players – Cliff Levingston and Antoine Carr, who would be chosen in the first 10 picks of the NBA draft. Carr, a local star from Wichita, would become WSU's third All-American in 1983, averaging 22.2 points a game during his senior season, and finishing his career with 1,911 points while shooting 55.7 percent. Levingston would average 15.7 and 18.5 points per game while leading the team in scoring his freshman and sophomore years, before declaring early for the NBA Draft.

Another future NBA player, Xavier McDaniel, would arrive the year after the Elite 8 season. [5] McDaniel scored 2,152 points at Wichita State, second all-time behind Littleton, and set the school record with 1,359 rebounds. In 1984–85 McDaniel became the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring (27.2 points per game) and rebounding (14.8 per game) in the same season.

In 1982, Wichita State would be placed under NCAA probation for the 1982–83 and 1983–84 seasons, regarding improper actions of former assistant coaches in the late 1970s [6]

In nine seasons, Smithson won 155 games, placing him second in school history behind Ralph Miller. Smithson was the first coach to guide WSU to consecutive 20-win seasons. During the four-year span from 1980–1984, WSU produced a 92–29 record, the best four-year span in team history at the time. [4]

Mark Turgeon era

WSU hired Topeka, Kansas native Mark Turgeon as head coach on March 11, 2000. Turgeon guided the Shockers to a 9–19 record during his first season. In Turgeon's second year Wichita State began its resurgence with a combination of several veterans and newcomers to compile a 15–15 record in 2001–02.

Helped by an 11–3 record in Levitt Arena, WSU's overall record in the arena rose to 502–185 since it opened during the 1955–56 season. In the 2002–03 season, the Shockers would improve to 18 wins, and then to 21 wins in the 2003–04 season.

In 2004–05, Wichita State continued to improve, reaching the third game of the Postseason NIT, and taking the Shockers to back-to-back-to-back postseason trips for the first time since 1987-88-89. WSU's 2004–05 team went 22–10 overall, finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference, and were ranked in the top 30 for nine weeks.

In 2005–06, Turgeon lead WSU to its best season in over 20 years, reaching the Sweet 16 with victories over 10th seeded Seton Hall and shocking 2nd seeded Tennessee. In the Sweet 16, the Shockers would go on to lose to eventual Final Four participant George Mason.

In 2006–07, the Shockers entered the season with high expectations, and surged out to a 9–0 start, including a revenge-win over George Mason, as well as road victories over #6 LSU and #14 Syracuse. WSU rose as high as #8 in both the AP and Coaches' Polls on December 18, 2006, [7] but the Shockers would struggle for much of the rest of the season, falling from the rankings and finishing 17–14, including only eight conference wins, for Turgeon's second worst mark as WSU head coach.

Head Coach Mark Turgeon left Wichita State on April 10, 2007, after a seven-year run and a 128–90 record, (at the time) the third winningest coach in Shocker history behind Ralph Miller and Gene Smithson. On April 14, 2007, Gregg Marshall was announced as 26th head men's basketball coach at Wichita State. [4]

Gregg Marshall era

Gregg Marshall previously coached at Winthrop University for nine seasons. In his first season (2007–08) the team finished with a record of 11–20. In his second season they posted a 17–17 record, complete with a run to the second round of the 2009 CBI Tournament where they lost to Stanford. The following season the Shockers went 25–10, culminating with an NIT appearance. The invitation was due in large part to their strong 16–1 home record. Their only loss at home that year was in the NIT against Nevada.

In the 2010–11 season Wichita State improved once again to finish the season at 29–8, finishing second in the Missouri Valley to Missouri State. The Shockers would go on to win the NIT championship as a 4 seed, defeating two #1 seeds, first Virginia Tech 79–76, and then beating Alabama in the championship game 66–57.

In the 2011–12 season, they continued to improve under Marshall's guidance. In winning the regular season MVC title at 16–2 (26–4 overall), the Shockers reached a ranking of #14 in the coaches poll and #15 in the AP poll. After losing to Illinois State in the semi-finals of the MVC tourney in St. Louis, the Shockers were selected at large for the NCAA tournament as a 5 seed, their first NCAA tournament in 6 years. They fell to VCU 62–59, ending the season with a 27–6 record.

Heading into the 2012–2013 season, despite being the reigning regular-season champions, the Shockers were predicted to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference. [8] Wichita State went into the season having lost five of the top six scorers from the previous season, including Joe Ragland, Toure' Murry, Garrett Stutz, Ben Smith, and David Kyles. Despite the losses, the Shockers went on to win their first 9 games, including the Cancún Challenge, [9] as well as 15 of their first 16, and 19 of their first 21. Wichita struggled in conference-play, however, losing three in a row in late January and early February. Nevertheless, the Shockers would eventually play rival Creighton in the final game of the season for the outright conference championship, losing in Omaha.

In the 2012–13 NCAA Tournament, the Shockers upset top-seeded Gonzaga to move on to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006, [10] followed by a 72–58 win over La Salle for their first Elite Eight appearance since 1981. They defeated Ohio State 70–66 for their first Final Four appearance since 1965, as well as their 30th win of the season, a then-Wichita State record. [11] In the Final Four, Wichita State was defeated by the #1 overall seed and eventual tournament champion Louisville, 72–68 but that game was vacated [12] by the NCAA.

The 2013–14 season proved to be historic and possibly the greatest season in Shocker history. The Shockers cracked the top 10 at #2 in the nation in both major polls, for the first time since December 2006. [13] It was the highest that the Shockers had been ranked that late in the season in school history. On February 25, with a win over Bradley, the Shockers became just the 11th Division I team to start the season 30–0. They were also the first team to do so solely in the regular season, as the prior 10 teams reached that mark in the postseason. [14] A week later, with a dominating 68–45 win over Missouri State, the Shockers became the first Division I team to finish the regular season 31–0. The Shockers ran the table with the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, winning all three games by double digits. This was the first time Wichita State won the Valley Tournament since 1987. The Shockers received the #1 ranking in the Midwest Region of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Wichita State blew out their first opponent, Cal Poly to become the first team in the history of college basketball to advance to a record of 35–0 (a mark matched by Kentucky in the 2014–15 season). The Shockers season ended with an instant classic of a game with the Kentucky Wildcats on a missed 3 pointer at the buzzer. Their final record ended up being 35–1.

After the 2019–20 season, eight Shockers players entered the NCAA transfer portal, with seven eventually leaving the program. During this period, several former players alleged a pattern of physical and verbal abuse of players, leading to the university hiring a St. Louis-based law firm to conduct an independent investigation. Marshall resigned shortly before the 2020–21 season, with Wichita State buying out his contract for $7.75 million over six years. Assistant coach Isaac Brown was named interim head coach for 2020–21. [15]


When Wichita State became a Top 25 regular in the early 2010s, there came interest in reviving annual games against Kansas and Kansas State. [16] In February 2013, Kansas state senator Michael O'Donnell introduced a bill requiring Kansas and Kansas State to schedule Wichita State, but the bill never passed. [17] Wichita State last played Kansas in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, a game they won 78–65. Kansas leads the all-time series 13–3. They last played Kansas State in their 2003–04 season, which they lost 50–54. Kansas State leads the all-time series 18–9.

Missouri State

Wichita State had an in-conference rivalry with Missouri State dating back to the 1941–42 season (when Missouri State University was Southwest Missouri State Teacher's College). As of the 2016–17 season, following a 15-game winning streak in the series, Wichita State leads the series 39–30. [18] [19]


Wichita State's rivalry with Tulsa dates back to the 1930–31 season. [20] The two schools were in the Missouri Valley Conference from 1945 to 1996. Beginning in the 1996–97 season, this series continued as an out-of-conference rivalry and has been most recently continuously played since the 2010–11 season, after being played in the 1996–97, 1997–98, and 2000–01 to 2004–05 seasons. [21] [22] [23] As of the end of the 2020–21 season, Wichita State leads the series 72–62 following 15 games since the series resumed in 2010. Tulsa ended WSU's 5-game winning streak with a buzzer-beating 3-point win in Tulsa in February 2020, but WSU has won three since then, two at home and one on the road, including a tight 4-point game. [24] [25]


Wichita State had an intense rivalry with the Creighton Bluejays during their time together in the Missouri Valley. Both squads were known as the cream of the crop in the MVC and went back and forth every year, trading the title of best team in the league. In all, the teams have played a total of 100 games against each other, with Creighton leading the overall series 55–45.


The Wichita State University Shockers have played their home games at Charles Koch Arena, a 10,506 seat on-campus arena, since 1953. Originally known as the University of Wichita Field House, it was officially renamed Levitt Arena in 1969 for Henry Levitt, owner of Henry's, who sponsored a Wichita basketball team that won three consecutive national Amateur Athletic Union titles in the 1930s. Due to its circular design, which gave nearly every fan a clear sight line and put the seats very close to the action, it was quickly nicknamed "The Roundhouse." Following a $6 million endowment from Charles G. Koch the arena underwent a $25 million renovation in 2002–03, popularly known as the "Roundhouse Renaissance." The old arena concourse was completely demolished and a new one built around the original playing/seating area. A portion of the seating bowl was remodeled to make for more legroom. All new seating was installed as well as a video scoreboard, and virtually every surface that was not renovated was given a fresh coat of paint. The Shocker basketball teams played at the Kansas Coliseum for the 2002–03 season while the arena was rebuilt. In 2012, the Wichita State Shockers basketball team averaged 10,391 fans per game, ranking 38th nationally. [2] In January 2013, ESPN's Jason King listed Koch Arena as the 7th best home court advantage in college basketball. [26]

In addition to Koch Arena, the Shockers have played one game for each of the last six seasons across town at the Intrust Bank Arena, the second largest indoor arena in the state of Kansas at 15,004 seats. Wichita State is 6–1 when playing at Intrust, including an 82–79 win over Tulsa in 2010, a 68–46 win over UAB in 2011, a 59–51 win over Southern Miss in 2012, a 70–61 win over Tennessee in 2013, an 81–52 win over Saint Louis in 2014, and a 67–50 win over Utah in 2015.


The Shockers are currently coached by Isaac Brown, who replaced Gregg Marshall on an interim basis after the latter resigned under pressure shortly before the 2020–21 season, but was promoted to permanent head coach during the season. Marshall in turn had replaced Maryland coach Mark Turgeon before the 2007–08 season. Under Marshall, the Shockers had one College Basketball Invitational appearance, two back-to-back NIT appearances (2010 and 2011), including an NIT championship in 2011, and six consecutive NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearances in 2012 through 2017. Under Marshall, the Shockers returned to the Final Four in 2013 for the first time since 1965, as champions of the West Regional. Marshall is currently tied for first place for all-time wins as a Wichita State coach with 220, as well as owning the third-highest winning percentage in WSU history, and the highest since 1933. While this may not be a big deal to Coach Marshall, he did note that the only non athlete honored in the rafters of Koch Arena is Coach Ralph Miller, with whom he is now tied.

Current coaching staff

Isaac Brown Head Coach
Tyson WatermanAssistant coach
Billy Kennedy Assistant coach
Lou GudinoAssistant coach
Kerry RosenboomStrength and Conditioning Coach
Todd FaganAthletic Trainer
Nick JonesDirector of Player Development
Dominic OkonDirector of Basketball Operations
Jeff ChapmanVideo Coordinator
Ryan HillardSpecial Assistant to the Head Coach

Coaching history

CoachYearsOverall recordWinning %
Willis Bates1905–08, 1913–1415–20.429
Roy Thomas1909–1212–24.333
E.V. Long1912–131–11.083
Harry Buck1914–1614–15.483
Lamar Hoover1916–18, 1921–2330–32.484
Kenneth Cassidy1919–208–8.500
Wilmer Elfrink1920–2116–2.889
Sam Hill1923–2519–21.475
Leonard Umnus1925–2847–14.770
Gene Johnson1928–3374–24.755
Lindsay Austin1934–357–13.350
Bill Hennigh1935–4159–68.472
Jack Starrett1941–424–16.200
Mel Binford1942–43, 1944–4860–52.536
Ken Gunning 1948–5126–49.347
Ralph Miller1951–64220–133.623
Gary Thompson1964–7193–94.497
Harry Miller1971–7897–90.519
Gene Smithson1978–86155–81.657
Eddie Fogler1986–8961–32.656
Mike Cohen1989–9232–56.364
Scott Thompson1992–9640–70.364
Randy Smithson1996-0055–62.470
Mark Turgeon 2000–07128–90.587
Gregg Marshall 2007–2020337-119.739
Isaac Brown2020–present
Head coaches: 26


2020–21 Wichita State Shockers men's basketball team
Pos.#NameHeightWeightYearPrevious schoolHometown
G 0Dexter Dennis6 ft 5 in(1.96 m)210 lb(95 kg)JrBelieve Academy Baker, Louisiana
G 1Tyson Etienne6 ft 2 in(1.88 m)200 lb(91 kg)SoPutnam Science Academy Englewood, New Jersey
G 2Craig Porter Jr.6 ft 2 in(1.88 m)185 lb(84 kg)Jr Vincennes University Terre Haute, Indiana
G 3 Alterique Gilbert 6 ft 0 in(1.83 m)180 lb(82 kg)GS UConn Atlanta, Georgia
G 4Ricky Council IV6 ft 6 in(1.98 m)205 lb(93 kg)Fr Northern HS Durham, North Carolina
F 5Trey Wade6 ft 6 in(1.98 m)221 lb(100 kg)Sr South Plains CC Marietta, Georgia
G 10Remy Robert II (W)6 ft 2 in(1.88 m)188 lb(85 kg)Jr State College of Florida Baton Rouge, Louisiana
G 11Chaunce Jenkins6 ft 4 in(1.93 m)175 lb(79 kg)Fr Menchville HS Newport News, Virginia
G 12Trevin Wade5 ft 11 in(1.8 m)175 lb(79 kg)Jr Georgia Highlands Marietta, Georgia
G 14Jacob Herrs (W)6 ft 2 in(1.88 m)185 lb(84 kg)Sr Andover HS Wichita, Kansas
G 15Brycen Bush (W)6 ft 0 in(1.83 m)172 lb(78 kg)Sr Eisenhower HS Wichita, Kansas
F 22Jaden Seymour6 ft 9 in(2.06 m)205 lb(93 kg)Fr Northside Christian Academy Charlotte, North Carolina
F 24Morris Udeze6 ft 8 in(2.03 m)235 lb(107 kg)Jr Montverde Academy Houston, Texas
F 25Clarence Jackson6 ft 7 in(2.01 m)210 lb(95 kg)So Polk State Dexter, Georgia
F 40Josaphat Bilau6 ft 10 in(2.08 m)232 lb(105 kg)RS FrSpire Academy La Roche-sur-Yon, France
F 44Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler6 ft 9 in(2.06 m)250 lb(113 kg)JrSunrise Christian Academy Omaha, Nebraska
Head coach
  • Isaac Brown ( ULM )
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Last update: August 20, 2020

Notable players

Retired numbers

Wichita State Shockers retired numbers
13 Cleo Littleton 1952–1955
34 Xavier McDaniel 1981–1985
35 Antoine Carr 1979–1983
42 Dave Stallworth 1961–1965
54 Cliff Levingston 1979–1983

Players in the NBA

NameWSU year(s)PositionTeamRoundPickOverallPro year(s)Ref.
Gene Wiley 1959–62 C Los Angeles Lakers 28151962–67 [27]
Dave Stallworth 1962–65 PF-C New York Knicks 1331965–74 [28]
Nate Bowman 1962–65 C Cincinnati Royals 1771966–71 [29]
Warren Jabali 1965–68 SG-SF New York Knicks 48441968–1974 [30]
Bobby Wilson 1972–74 PG Chicago Bulls 316521974–77 [31]
Lynbert "Cheese" Johnson 1975–79 PF Golden State Warriors 310541979-1979 [32]
Cliff Levingston 1979–82 PF Detroit Pistons 1991982–94 [33]
Antoine Carr 1979–83 PF-C Detroit Pistons 1881984–99 [34]
Ozell Jones 1979–81 C-PF San Antonio Spurs 420901984–85 [35]
Xavier McDaniel 1981–85 SF-PF Seattle SuperSonics 1441985–1997 [36]
Greg Dreiling 1981–82 C Indiana Pacers 22261986–1996 [37]
Maurice Evans 1997–99 SG-SF Undrafted2001–02, 2004–12 [38]
Gal Mekel 2006–08 PG-SG Undrafted2013–14 [39]
Toure' Murry 2008–12 PG-SG-SF Undrafted2013–16 [40]
Cleanthony Early 2012–14 PF New York Knicks 24342014–16 [41]
Ron Baker 2012–16 SG Undrafted; New York Knicks 2016–19 [42]
Fred VanVleet 2012–16 PG Undrafted; Toronto Raptors 2016– [43]
Landry Shamet 2015–18 SG Brooklyn Nets 126262018– [44]

Players in international basketball

Individual season records

Notable in other fields

Paul Wight, known under the ring name The Big Show, played center at Wichita State before beginning his wrestling career. Big show in december 2010.jpg
Paul Wight, known under the ring name The Big Show, played center at Wichita State before beginning his wrestling career.


1844 Xavier McDaniel 1984–85
2769 Dave Stallworth 1963–64
3632 Maurice Evans 1998–99
4619 Xavier McDaniel 1983–84
5612 Cliff Levingston 1980–81
6609 Dave Stallworth 1962–63
7600 Cheese Johnson 1978–79
8595James Thompson1965–66
9581Greg Carney1969–70
10575 Aubrey Sherrod 1984–85

Field goal percentage

161.6133–216Steve Grayer1987–88
261.177–126Adam Grundvig2000–01
360.589–147Claudius Johnson1991–92
459.5131–220Henry Carr1986–87
559.3223–376 Xavier McDaniel 1982–83
659.0102–173Neil Strom1991–92
758.894–160Ryan Martin2006–07
858.6211–360 Antoine Carr 1980–81
957.786–149Karl Papke1982–83
1057.689–147 Ramon Clemente 2008–09

Three-point field goals

Ron Baker, who is in Wichita State's top 10 in career scoring, three-pointers, assists, and steals. 20150111 Ron Baker (6) cropped.jpg
Ron Baker, who is in Wichita State's top 10 in career scoring, three-pointers, assists, and steals.
191Jason Perez1999-00
280 Ron Baker 2014–15
375 David Kyles 2010–11
469 Maurice Evans 1998–99
568 Ron Baker 2013–14
667Randy Burns2004–05
766Terrell Benton2000–01
Clevin Hannah2008–09
964Randy Burns2003–04
Sean Ogirri2006–07
Ron Baker 2015–16

Three-point percentage

150.457–113 Joe Ragland 2011–12
250.022–44Matt Clark2003–04
348.446–95Joe Griffin1987–88
447.844–92Gary Cundiff1986–87
547.528–59Rob Kampman2001–02
646.520–43Keith Bonds1988–89
746.451–110Dwight Praylow1987–88
846.224–52Matt Clark2002–03
945.018–40 Jamar Howard 2002–03
1044.633–74Lew Hill1987–88

Free throws made

RankFree throwsPlayerSeason
1220 Cleo Littleton 1954–55
2203 Dave Stallworth 1963–64
3165 Dave Stallworth 1962–63
4155 Cleo Littleton 1952–53
5152 Jamar Howard 2003–04
6151 Cleanthony Early 2013–14
7143Greg Carney1969–70
Joe Stevens1955–56
9142 Xavier McDaniel 1984–85
10141Jason Perez1998–99

Free throw percentage

Gal Mekel Gal mekel.JPG
Gal Mekel
191.061–67CC McFall2000–01
290.5124–137Jamie Thompson1966–67
390.485–94Clevin Hannah2009–10
488.368–77 Bobby Wilson 1973–74
587.757–65 Joe Ragland 2010–11
687.771–81 Gal Mekel 2007–08
787.067–77Bob Trogele1976–77
885.961–71Lanny Van Eman1961–62
985.967–78Ernie Moore1962–63
1085.689–104Kyle Wilson2004–05


1460 Xavier McDaniel 1984–85
2441Robert Elmore1976–77
3437Terry Benton1970–71
4403 Xavier McDaniel 1982–83
5393 Xavier McDaniel 1983–84
6376 Cliff Levingston 1980–81
7364Terry Benton1971–72
8323 Warren Armstrong 1965–66
9302 Gene Wiley 1960–61
Robert Elmore1974–75


1194 Warren Armstrong 1967–68
2193 Fred VanVleet 2013–14
3184Tony Martin1980–81
4183 Fred VanVleet 2014–15
5181Joe Griffin1987–88
6172 Fred VanVleet 2015–16
7169Fridge Holman2003–04
8167Melvin McKey1995–96
9163Randy Smithson1980–81
10157 Malcolm Armstead 2012–13


176 Malcolm Armstead 2012–13
269 Fred VanVleet 2013–14
367Jason Perez1999–2000
466 Fred VanVleet 2014–15
563Robert George1990–91
662Jason Perez1997–98
757Preston Carrington1970–71
Robert George1991–92
955Jason Perez1998–99
Fred VanVleet 2015–16

Blocked shots

180 Gene Wiley 1961–62
269Robert Elmore1976–77
365 Antoine Carr 1980–81
456Robert Elmore1974–75
Ehimen Orupke2012–13
655Terry Benton1970–71
Carl Hall2012–13
854 Antoine Carr 1981–82
950 Antoine Carr 1982–83
1044 Kadeem Coleby 2013–14

Individual game records


147 Antoine Carr Southern Illinois March 5, 1983
246 Dave Stallworth Cincinnati February 16, 1963
345 Dave Stallworth Loyola (Chicago) January 29, 1965
Ron Harris Southern Illinois December 18, 1971
544 Xavier McDaniel West Texas State January 26, 1985
643 Dave Stallworth Arizona State–Tempe December 7, 1963
Xavier McDaniel Bradley January 10, 1985
840Al Tate Tulsa March 5, 1960
Dave Stallworth Louisville January 30, 1965
1039 Dave Stallworth Montana State December 26, 1963
Cleanthony Early Southern Illinois January 9, 2013


129Terry Benton North Texas State January 11, 1971
228Terry Benton Loyola (Chicago) February 6, 1971
326Larry Callis Drake January 13, 1996
Gene Wiley Bradley January 20, 1962
Ron Harris Loyola (Chicago) February 14, 1970
625Robert Elmore New Mexico State February 12, 1977
724 Warren Armstrong NYU March 14, 1966
Terry Benton Memphis State January 26, 1971
Terry Benton West Texas State March 4, 1972
1040Al Tate Tulsa March 5, 1960
Dave Stallworth Louisville January 30, 1965

Career records

Games played

1141Tekele Cotton2011–15
Fred VanVleet 2012–16
3140Demetric Williams2009–13
4139 Toure' Murry 2008–12
5138 Garrett Stutz 2008–12
5137J. T. Durley2007–11
7136Aaron Ellis2008–12
8132Paul Miller2002–06
9128 David Kyles 2008–12
10126PJ Cousinard2005–08

Games started

1130 Toure' Murry 2008–12
2121 Ron Baker 2012–16
3119Paul Miller2002–06
4118 Jamar Howard 2001–05
5116Aubrey Sherrod1981–85
6115Randy Burns2001–05
7104Rob Kampman2001–05
8101Jason Perez1996–2000
998Tekele Cotton2011–15
1098Paul Guffrovich1987–91


12164 Cleo Littleton 1951–55
22152 Xavier McDaniel 1981–85
31936 Dave Stallworth 1962–65
41911 Antoine Carr 1979–83
51907 Cheese Johnson 1975–79
61839Jason Perez1996–2000
71765Aubrey Sherrod1981–85
81636 Ron Baker 2012–16
91599Randy Burns2001–05
101571 Jamar Howard 2001–05


11359 Xavier McDaniel 1981–85
21039Robert Elmore1973–77
31027 Cheese Johnson 1975–79
4985 Cliff Levingston 1979–82
5963Terry Benton1969–72
6878 Cleo Littleton 1951–55
7839 Warren Armstrong 1965–68
8838 Dave Stallworth 1962–65
8776 Antoine Carr 1979–83
10774Al Tate1957–60

Field goal percentage

156.4893–1584 Xavier McDaniel 1987–88
255.7763–1370 Antoine Carr 1979–83
354.3304–557Claudius Johnson1989–93
453.8597–1110 Cliff Levingston 1979–82
553.0719–1356 Dave Stallworth 1962–65
653.0517–975 Jamar Howard 2001–05
752.3741–1418 Cheese Johnson 1975–79
852.2326–624Tony Martin1980–82
951.5413–802 Garrett Stutz 2008–12
1051.4286–556Randy Smithson1979–81

Three-point field goals

1248Randy Burns2001–05
2241 Ron Baker 2012–16
3200Sean Ogirri2004–07
4197Terrell Benton1998–2002
5196Jason Perez1996–2000
6153 David Kyles 2008–12
7144Paul Gruffrovich1987–91
8141 Fred VanVleet 2012–16
9140Ryan Herrs1992–96
10135 Toure' Murry 2008–12

Free throw percentage

185.3337–395Jamie Thompson1964–67
285.0164–193Sean Ogirri2004–07
384.1127–151 Joe Ragland 2010–12
484.0289–344Kyle Wilson2004–07
583.5193–231Paul Gruffrovich1987–91
682.7140–173CC McFall2000–02
782.6261–316Lanny Van Eman1959–62
882.2152–185Clevin Hannah2008–10
982.1119–145Ron Mendell1965–69
1081.5132–162 Bobby Wilson 1972–74


Fred VanVleet, the Shockers' all-time leader in assists and steals. 20150111 Fred VanVleet (3) cropped.jpg
Fred VanVleet, the Shockers' all-time leader in assists and steals.
1637 Fred VanVleet 2012–16
2430 Toure' Murry 2008–12
3429 Warren Armstrong 1965–68
4420Bob Trogele1975–79
5404 Cal Bruton 1972–76
6394 Dave Stallworth 1962–65
7384Aubrey Sherrod1981–85
8383Paul Gruffrovich1987–91
9345 Ron Baker 2012–16
10336Tony Martin2008–12?

Blocked shots

1209 Antoine Carr 1979–83
2132Robert Elmore1973–77
3109Claudius Johnson1989–93
4105 Gene Wiley 1959–62
5103 Xavier McDaniel 1981–85
6101 Garrett Stutz 2008–12
798PJ Cousinard2004–08
891J. T. Durley2007–11
Ehimen Orupke2010–13
1082Terry Benton1969–72
Carl Hall2011–13


1225 Fred VanVleet 2012–16
2222Jason Perez1996–2000
3180 Toure' Murry 2008–12
4163 Ron Baker 2012–16
5156Tekele Cotton2011–15
6153 Jamar Howard 2001–05
7148Aubrey Sherrod1981–85
PJ Cousinard2004–08
9126 Cheese Johnson 1975–79
10114 Xavier McDaniel 1981–85
Paul Gruffrovich1987–91

Postseason history

NCAA Tournament results

The Shockers have appeared in 16 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 18–16 with one game vacated by NCAA. [47]

1964 Second Round
Elite Eight
Kansas State
W 84–68
L 93–94
1965 Second Round
Elite Eight
Final Four
Third Place Game
Southern Methodist
Oklahoma State
W 86–81
W 54–46
L 98–108
L 82–118
1976 First RoundMichiganL 73–74
1981 #6First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#11 Southern
#3 Iowa
#7 Kansas
#1 LSU
W 95–70
W 60–56
W 66–65
L 85–96
1985 #11First Round#6 GeorgiaL 59–67
1987 #11First Round#6 St. John'sL 55–57
1988 #12First Round#5 DePaulL 62–83
2006 #7First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Seton Hall
#2 Tennessee
#11 George Mason
W 86–66
W 80–73
L 55–63
2012 #5Second Round#12 VCUL 59–62
2013 #9Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#8 Pittsburgh
#1 Gonzaga
#13 La Salle
#2 Ohio State
#1 Louisville
W 73–55
W 76–70
W 72–58
W 70–66
V 0-0 [48]
2014 #1Second Round
Third Round
#16 Cal Poly
#8 Kentucky
W 64–37
L 76–78
2015 #7Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Indiana
#2 Kansas
#3 Notre Dame
W 81–76
W 78–65
L 70–81
2016 #11First Four
First Round
Second Round
#11 Vanderbilt
#6 Arizona
#3 Miami (FL)
W 70–50
W 65–55
L 57–65
2017 #10First Round
Second Round
#7 Dayton
#2 Kentucky
W 64–58
L 62–65
2018 #4First Round#13 MarshallL 75–81
2021 #11First Four#11 DrakeL 52–53

*Following the introduction of the "First Four" round in 2011, the Round of 64 and Round of 32 were referred to as the Second Round and Third Round, respectively, from 2011 to 2015. Then from 2016 moving forward, the Round 64 and Round of 32 will be called the First and Second rounds, as they were prior to 2011.

NIT results

The Shockers have appeared in 13 National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 11–12. They were NIT champions in 2011.

1954 First RoundBowling GreenL 64–88
1962 First RoundDaytonL 71–79
1963 QuarterfinalsVillanovaL 53–54
1966 QuarterfinalsNYUL 84–90
1980 First RoundUTEPL 56–58
1984 First RoundMichiganL 70–94
1989 First Round
Second Round
UC Santa Barbara
Michigan State
W 70–62
L 67–79
2003 Opening RoundIowa StateL 65–76
2004 First RoundFlorida StateL 84–91
2005 Opening Round
First Round
Second Round
Western Kentucky
W 85–69
W 84–81
L 63–65
2010 First RoundNevadaL 70–74
2011 First Round
Second Round
Virginia Tech
College of Charleston
Washington State
W 76–49
W 79–76
W 82–75
W 75–44
W 66–57
2019 First Round
Second Round
W 76–70
W 63–55
W 73–63
L 64–71

CBI results

The Shockers have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational. Their combined record is 1–1.

2009 First Round
W 84–73
L 56–70

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