U.S. Basketball Writers Association President Dana O'Neil of ESPN.com announced today the USBWA's early-season Watch Lists for men's national player and freshman of the year in college basketball. Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet of Wichita State are on the list.
A total of 25 non-conference games are on the MVC slate between now and next Sunday, with many of those coming in Multi-Team Events (MTE). Ron Baker (Wichita State) and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell (Illinois State) have earned weekly MVC player honors.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Preseason Top 50. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor. Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet of Wichita State are both on the list.
Missouri Valley men's basketball teams went 6-4 during the opening weekend in non-conference action. The league has a total of 22 games between tonight and Sunday, Nov. 23. Two games Tuesday are on the ESPN Family of networks.
For only the fifth time in school history, Wichita State will open the season ranked in the Associated Press Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll. The Shockers were tabbed 11th in the year’s first installment, released Friday. WSU is the only MVC team ranked.
Following a record-setting season which saw Wichita State climb as high as No. 2 in the national polls and reel off 35-straight wins before a loss, pollsters are slotting the Shockers -- ranked No. 11 nationally -- to win the 2014-15 Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball crown.