Brown continues with spring recruiting

Brown continues with spring recruiting

Versatile and experienced scorers were the theme of a busy spring recruiting month at Wichita State.

Male basketball coach isaac brown announced the signing of four more impact transfers: Gus Okafor (6-6 Sr. F; southeast Louisiana), Jason Pierre Jr. (6-4, So., G; Miss South), colby rogers (6-5, Jr., G; Siena); Jaykwon Walton (6-7, Jr., G; Shelton State).

Listed as the No. 2 junior recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports, Walton announced his commitment to WSU on Thursday morning.

He spent the past season at Shelton State (located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) where he averaged 12.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals for a team that finished 30- 5 and reached the second round of the NJCAA National Tournament.

“Jaykwon is an experienced guy who can help us in multiple positions because of his size, skill and athleticism,” Brown said. “He’s a selfless player with great vision of the pitch, and he has the tools to be a great defender.”

Walton was a consensus top 100 high school prospect in the class of 2019. The two-time all-state selection led George Washington Carver High School to Alabama’s Class 6A state title as junior and finalist at the end of his senior year.

He has two seasons of eligibility left.


Signs of Colby Rogers

At Siena, Rogers was one of college basketball’s most dangerous long-range threats, earning second-team All-MAAC status while averaging 14.1 points. He sank 73 three-point field goals and ranked eighth nationally in percentage (.429).

“Perimeter shooting was an area we needed to improve, and it doesn’t get much better than Colby,” Brown said. “He’s a guy whose defenses have to reckon with at all times, and even then he has the size and the speed to shoot.”

The 6-foot-5 Rogers began his college career at Cal Poly and averaged double digits in each of his two seasons. The Covington, Georgia native played his senior year of high school in New Jersey, helping Roselle Catholic to a 28-4 mark and a No. 17 national ranking.

Rogers still has two seasons of eligibility left.

Signs of Gus Okafor

Okafor — a 6-foot-6 forward from Baltimore, Md. — earned All-Southland Conference first-team honors this spring for Southeast Louisiana, averaging 14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

An upside threat, Okafor shot over 51% on two-pointers, converted 107 free throws with 79% accuracy and knocked down 60 threes.

“Shocker fans are going to fall in love with Gus because of his toughness,” Brown said. “He can score from anywhere on the pitch. He rebounds well and has the ability to hold multiple positions.”

Okafor was a late bloomer, winning only one division that I offer out of high school. He played a year each at Longwood and Miami Dade College before landing at Southeastern, where he started all but two games in two seasons.

Okafor still has one season of collegiate eligibility.


Jaron Stone Signs

Pierre — a 6-4 combo guard — has three more seasons of eligibility.

The New Orleans native averaged 10.0 points and 2.2 threes per game during the 2021-22 campaign after earning Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors in 2020-21.

Pierre was an all-state first-team selection as a high schooler when he led St. Augustine to a 31-2 record and a second-place state finish in Division I (the largest of the four Louisiana private school classifications).

“It’s a tough job for any defender because he has so many different ways to hurt you. He can catch and shoot or create a rebound,” Brown said. “With Jaron we gain both experience and advantage. He has proven himself with two seasons at Southern Miss, but he has a chance to improve further over the next three years.”

The quartet of Okafor, Pierre, Rogers and Walton join the transfers Quincy Ballard (7-0, C, Florida State), xavier belle (6-3, G, Drexel) and James Rojas (6-8, F, Alabama) and high school Jacob Wilson (6-5, G, Baton Rouge, La.) in WSU’s 2022 recruiting class.

The Shockers still have a purse for the 2022-23 season.

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