Shockers ink first spring recruit for 2018-19 season


Brian Hayes

March 15, 2018: Gregg Marshall answers questions from the media during the press conference, Thursday March 15, 2018, in San Diego.

Wichita State locked in their first spring recruit, Dexter Dennis, for the 2018-19 season after inking a National Letter of Intent.

Dennis is a 6-foot-5 knock-down three-point shooter who can be either a shooting guard or small forward. He decided on Wichita State over finalists such as Kansas State, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss.

“We feel Dexter has the raw talent and athleticism to be not only a fine collegiate player, but eventually a guy who could play at the highest professional level,” Head Coach Gregg Marshall said. “He can shoot from deep, attack the rim and has a ready-made Division I body walking in the door.”

Dennis will be a true freshman after finishing up a post-graduate year at Believe Sports Academy in Athens, Tenn. He’s coached by Tyson Waterman, an all-conference point guard on Marshall’s first Winthrop University team.

“He’s been developed over the past year by Coach Waterman and the staff at Believe Prep,” Marshall said. “They have maximized his potential and skills to the point where many high major coaches were courting his signature.”

Dennis graduated in 2017 from Louisiana High School as an All-Star and Class 3A All-State selection after averaging 23 points and leading his team to the state quarterfinals.

Dennis is the sixth member of WSU’s 2018 recruiting class joining a group of five fall signees: 6-11 power forward, Jaime Echenique (6-11, F/C, Columbia/Trinity Valley (TX) CC), 6-7 wing, Chance Moore (Louisville, Ky./Sunrise Christian Academy), 6-9 center, Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler (Omaha, Neb./Sunrise Christian Academy), 6-4 shooting guard, Erik Stevenson (Lacey, Wash./Timberline HS), and 6-8 forward/center, Morris Udeze (Houston, Texas/Montverde Academy).