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Markis McDuffie returning to Wichita State

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Wichita State forward Markis McDuffie is withdrawing from the 2018 NBA Draft and returning to school, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

The 6-foot-8 McDuffie dealt with a broken foot during his junior season that limited him to 22 games as he averaged 8.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, a healthy McDuffie was far more consistent, and productive, as he averaged 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

With McDuffie coming back, the Shockers get a veteran forward who will be asked to be a team leader on a roster with a lot of new faces. McDuffie will likely be asked to be more of a scorer this season, as Wichita State’s roster will have some question marks entering 2018-19.

Report: Former Kansas guard Conner Frankamp transferring to Wichita State

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Conner Frankamp will continue his collegiate career in the state of Kansas, as he will transfer to Wichita State.

Paul Sullentrop and Bob Lutz of the Wichita Eagle reported the transfer on Monday evening. The news was later confirmed by a multiple other media outlets.

“I think Coach (Gregg) Marshall can improve my game quite a bit,” Frankamp told the paper. “I’ve been very impressed with how Ron (Baker) and Fred (VanVleet) have developed as players. I think they have a good chance to get to the league (NBA).”

In his lone season at Kansas, Frankamp averaged 2.5 points in 8.3 minutes per game. During the 2014 NCAA Tournament, he saw a spike in play time, logging an average of 21.5 minutes per game in the Jayhawks’ two contests. Those games — a win over Eastern Kentucky and an upset loss to Stanford — saw Frankamp score in double figures with 10 and 12 points, respectively; the only time he would do so that season. Against the Cardinal, Frankamp came alive from three, knocking down 4-of-7 shots from beyond the arc.

Frankamp returned to Lawrence for his sophomore season, but the KU back court looked to be crowded despite the departure of Naadir Tharpe. Fellow sophomore Frank Mason had assumed the starting role and Devonte Graham, a four-star prospect, became a late addition after he finally received his release from his National Letter of Intent from Appalachian State. Frankamp announced his decision to transfer on Oct. 31. In addition to the Shockers, he was also reportedly considering Colorado.

He will have three years of eligibility remaining. According to the Wichita Eagle, Frankamp will be eligible for the second semester of next season.

Frankamp joins an incoming class for Gregg Marshall that consists of top-100 shooting guard Landry Shamet, point guard Tyrone Taylor, wing Markis McDuffie and power forward Eric Hamilton, all three-star recruits, according to Rivals.

With Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker likely returning for their senior seasons, the addition of Frankamp will give the Shockers another talented perimeter attack in 2015-2016.

Markis McDuffie commits to Wichita State

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St. Anthony High (New Jersey) senior wing Marks McDuffie verbally committed to Wichita State on Sunday morning, he announced via his personal Twitter account.

“I’m very blessed, excited and happy to announce that I’ve commited to Witchita State University, home of the Shocker,” he tweeted.

McDuffie, the 6-foot-7 small forward who plays for Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley, becomes the fourth commit for Gregg Marshall. The three-star prospect joins point guard Tyrone Taylor, power forward Eric Hamilton and shooting guard Landry Shamet, a top 100 player, according to Rivals.

Boston College, SMU and VCU were all in the mix before McDuffie decided to pledge to Wichita State. He took official visits to BC, VCU and Wichita State in September while hosting Larry Brown for an in-home visit, as well.

During the summer, McDuffie averaged 12.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game for Sports U in the Under Armour Association.

Three-star 2015 small forward cuts list to four schools

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After averaging just over 14 points per game during his junior season St. Anthony HS in Jersey City, New Jersey, 6-foot-7 small forward Markis McDuffie put together a solid summer on the grassroots circuit with the Sports U program. Due to his play McDuffie received offers from programs such as Maryland, Seton Hall, Boston College, Wichita State and VCU.

Sunday evening McDuffie announced via Twitter that he’s cut his list to four schools: Boston College, SMU, VCU and Wichita State.

McDuffie has taken one official visit thus far, as he was on the VCU campus this past weekend. The New Jersey native has another official visit on the horizon, as he’s scheduled to make the trip out to Wichita State next weekend. McDuffie has also been on the Boston College campus, as he visited the ACC school unofficially September 12.

For Boston College, the addition of McDuffie would satisfy a need as they current have three seniors at the small forward position (grad transfer Aaron Brown, Patrick Heckmann and Eddie Odio). SMU is in a similar position, as the Mustangs have multiple wings who are entering their final season of eligibility.

VCU has two underclassman small forwards who will have eligibility remaining after this season in sophomore Jordan Burgess and freshman Terry Larrier, but they lose senior Treveon Graham. Add in their “HAVOC” system and the resulting need to have multiple options on the perimeter, and the need for another wing becomes rather apparent. Wichita State will also have to account for the loss of two key seniors, with Tekele Cotton and Darius Carter both entering their final year of eligibility.

McDuffie’s narrowed his list of suitors, and it certainly looks as if any of the four finalists would provide him with the opportunity to compete for minutes early in his career.

H/T NJ Advance Media