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Class of 2015 Shooting Guard Landry Shamet Commits to Wichita State

UPDATE:   

Landry Shamet, a shooting guard in the class of 2015, has committed to Wichita State. Shamet is rated 4 stars by Rivals and 3 stars by 247sports. He is a highly-coveted prospect who received notable offers from Colorado, Kansas State, and Illinois before choosing the Shockers.

ANALYSIS:

Although Wichita State's recent success on the court under head coach Gregg Marshall speaks for itself, the Shockers still face an uphill battle when it comes to recruiting top prospects who have offers from schools in major conferences. Landry Shamet is one of those prospects. Nabbing a committment from the 6'4, 180 pound shooting guard is a major step in the right direction for the Shockers' 2015 recruiting class. The most noticable thing about Shamet at first glance is his slender frame. It's easy to envision him getting roughed up a bit at the college level until he fills out his frame, particularly when he slashes to the paint. However, it is encouraging that he already demonstrates the abiility to finish through contact at the rim. Shamet is a pure shooting guard with a beautiful jumper that he shows off with regularity. He can play the one, two, and three spots with ease, but he might be most useful to Wichita State initially as a spot-up perimeter shooter. He possesses a high, quick release, and he's ready to shoot the moment the ball hits his hands. With two talented guards in Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet slated to be seniors during Shamet's freshman year, Shamet's time on the ball will likely be limited. It couldn't hurt to allow Shamet to dip his feet slowly into big-time college basketball while learning under what will be two of the most battle-tested guards in all of college basketball. Shamet is already a savvy player that understands when to push the pace and when to slow it down. He's excellent as both a passer and finisher in transition, and his ball-handling skills allow him to lead the break. Shamet isn't an explosive finisher, as most of his buckets come below the rim. To combat shot-blockers, he's learned to contort his body mid-air to allow him to get a good look at the rim, and that will be key when he's going against guys much bigger and stronger than himself in college. There is certainly room to grow for Shamet, particularly in the weight room, but he projects to be a guy that could help an already deep Shockers' backcourt from day one.

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Eric Bossi