Former Cleveland State forward commits to Wichita State


After averaging 14.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a redshirt junior at Cleveland State, forward Anton Grady made the decision to use his final season of college eligibility at another school. Friday it was reported by multiple outlets that Grady has picked Wichita State, where he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2015-16 as a graduate student.

The 6-foot-8 Grady played in just six games in 2012-13 due to a torn ACL, returning to be a key contributor for Gary Waters’ team in each of the next two seasons. Last season Grady shot 48.3 percent from the field, and his addition gives the Shockers a capable scorer in the front court to go along with guards Ron Baker and Fred Van Vleet (Kansas transfer Conner Frankamp will be eligible in mid-December).

Wichita State lost two starters from its Sweet 16 team in guard Tekele Cotton and forward Darius Carter, with the latter averaging 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. The addition of Grady will certainly help Wichita State account for the loss of Carter as they look to make a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, and his ability to score and rebound is just what the Shockers needed.

Grady joins four freshmen as players who will join the Wichita State program this summer (not counting Frankamp since he was a mid-year addition).