Landry Shamet, the former Park Hill High standout, probably could have suited up for the final few regular-season games and played in the NCAA Tournament last season as a Wichita State freshman.
He wasn’t 100 percent, there was stiffness in his ankle as he recovered from a stress fracture suffered after playing three games.
Shamet could have played, but he didn’t, taking a medical redshirt. And now he’s seen as a key component to a Shockers team that will adjust to life without Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet.
“That was a tough, tough decision,” Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said Thursday while attending the Coaches vs. Cancer Tipoff. “He gave up the opportunity to play with Ron, Fred and make a run in the tournament.”
The payoff, the Shockers hope, is a fresh start for a player who as a top-100 prospect was Marshall’s highest-rated signee.
“He’s a good player who wants to have a great career and be part of something special,” Marshall said.
The 6-4 Shamet averaged 8.7 points in 19.7 minutes per game before the stress fracture was diagnosed. He’s a shooting guard who could play the point before his college career is over.