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Projected Stat Line: 17 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist per game
Very few college basketball fans (outside the Missouri Valley Conference) knew much about Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early before last year’s March Madness.
But the 6’8” small forward showed the world that he was able to compete with anyone in the country. Early put up 21 points against Pitt, 16 against Gonzaga and 12 versus Ohio State, leading the Shockers to the Final Four. In the national semifinals against Louisville, he had 24 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort against the eventual national champs.
Early will again be WSU’s leading scorer and should have Gregg Marshall’s squad right in the thick of the MVC race. Do not be surprised if he leads them again to another deep NCAA tournament run.