Gregg Marshall was named the National Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches after the 2013-14 season when the Shockers finished the regular season 34-0 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
CBS Sports thinks Marshall could win the award again this season, as it choose the Wichita State coach as its preseason Coach of the Year on Thursday.
“That was a fun team with Fred Van Vleet, Ron Baker, Cleanthony Early, and Tekele Cotton,” CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander wrote. “But this group this season might be better.”
Wichita State returns its top eight scorers from a 31-win team last season and the Shockers have been a consensus top-10 selection this season.
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The Shockers open the season on Friday at Koch Arena against Missouri-Kansas City.
Another watch list for Shamet — Sophomore point guard Landry Shamet was named to the preseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy, given every season to college basketball’s most outstanding player. Shamet was one of 50 players included in the list released Thursday.
Shamet has also appeared on the preseason watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, Lute Olson Award, and Bob Cousy Award.
He was also named to the American Athletic’s preseason first-team all-conference team.
Lehman a finalist — Wichita State volleyball senior Abbie Lehman is one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes who excel on and off the court.
To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable accomplishments in the community, classroom, character, and competition.
Lehman, a middle blocker from Newton, is a three-time AVCA All-American and three-time first team all-conference selection. She is currently averaging 3.6 kills and 1.3 blocks per set for No. 20 Wichita State. According to Wichita State, she has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.81 and earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in May and is currently working on her master’s degree.
The other finalists were Kent State’s Kelsey Bittinger, Kentucky’s Ashley Dusek, Missouri State’s Lily Johnson, Illinois State’s Jaelyn Keene, Penn State’s Simone Lee, Western Kentucky’s Jessica Lucas, Oregon State’s Mary-Kate Marshall, Baylor’s Katie Staiger, and Penn State’s Haleigh Washington.
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall talks about his team’s 90-53 exhibition win over Henderson State on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)