What is getting lost in all the Creighton BlueJays to the Big East Conference talk is the fact that the Wichita State Shockers now have a firm death-grip on the Missouri Valley Conference. With their biggest in-conference rivals leaving for tougher competition, very little stands in the way from the Shockers becoming as dominant in the MVC as mullets were in the 80s.
That does not mean that Gregg Marshall is done doing his best to recruit top-tier players. His first objective might be to put a stranglehold of the league, but his bigger goal is to be relevant on a national stage, as well as be tournament darlings every year — to the point where they are no longer considered a mid-major.
Zach Brown might not be the greatest recruit that Marshall has ever signed nor is it an example of the Shockers’ improved relevancy, but it does show that the program recruits well out of state.
Brown is a member of the 2014 recruiting class out of the great state of Texas. Granted, Brown’s high school career is currently in another state, Ohio, but this continues to show that Marshall does not solely rely on JUCO players, disregarded prospects or transfers.
As for Brown, he is a three-star prospect who is best known for his defense. His offense is regarded as limited, but he does have the ability to score points without needing offense ran for him (rebounds, transition, etc).
The commitment was only an oral one, although, as Brown has made it clear that Wichita State is the perfect team for him.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone