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Shockers get 4 national letters of intent

November 10, 2011|WSU Sports Information

{WICHITA, Kan.} — Fifth-year head coach Gregg Marshall has announced the signing of Derail Green, Cleanthony Early, Fred Van Vleet and Henry Uwadiae to National Letters-of-Intent to play men’s basketball at Wichita State beginning with the 2012-13 season.

“We are very pleased to announce we have four NLI’s and grant-in-aids back from our four verbal commitments,” Marshall said.

Cleanthony Early, a 6-foot-8, 220 pound forward from Sullivan (N.Y) Community College, was the NJCAA Division III Player of the Year in 2011. He will have two seasons of eligibility at WSU.

“Cleanthony Early at 6-foot-8 is the most complete offensive player I have recruited in my tenure at Wichita State,” Marshall said. “He can score the ball any way you’d like him to, in transition, off the glass, in the post, on the perimeter and by putting it on the deck. While continuing to refine his game under the tutelage of Coach Kevin DeVantier at Sullivan Community College, I think Cleanthony is in store for a great year.  Cleanthony is one of the most highly touted junior college players in the country.”

Green, a 6-7, 190 pound forward from Houston Klein Forest, averaged 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds a year ago as a junior.

“Derail is a 6-7 combo forward who has remarkable skills shooting and handling the ball,” Marshall said. “As he continues to develop his strength, he will be even more trouble for defenses. Klein Forest is the same high school as Toure Murry attended. Derail will also come ready to play after being in Coach Carey Black’s program.”

Van Vleet, a 5-11, 175-pound guard from Rockford (Ill.) Auburn, is ranked the No. 26 point guard in the class of 2012 by Scout.com. He averaged 18.6 points and 7.5 assists as a junior.

“Fred is a coach’s dream as a point guard both on the floor and off,” Marshall said. “He is a young man who is precocious and because of that he plays beyond his years in terms of decision-making and toughness. His AAU team, the Primetime Ballers in Rockford, Ill., had an outstanding summer with a 54-8 record for coach Anthony “Doc” Cornell. His high school team, Rockford Auburn, was successful a year ago and is expected to have a tremendous season with Fred running the show and Coach Bryan Ott calling the shots.”

Henry Uwadiae (unn-waa-DEE-A), a 6-10, 210-pound center from Benin City, Nigeria by way of Evelyn Mack Academy of Charlotte, N.C., rounds out the signees.

“Henry is a 6-10 center who, according to his coach Tyson Waterman is improving every day. He is playing above the rim and working on his post moves and beginning to become the defensive menace that he will bring with him to our team next season. He can really run and should develop into an outstanding post player in the future,” Marshall said.

“My staff did a wonderful job of putting together this dynamic class,” Marshall said. “We got our first choice in several of these young men.”

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