Wichita State’s starting backcourt of Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker will return for their senior seasons.
Point guard VanVleet confirmed to ESPN.com that he will return, and sources told ESPN that shooting guard Baker also will return for his senior season. He was leaning toward leaving school, especially because he’s already graduated, but changed his mind after coach Gregg Marshall decided to spurn Alabama and he received information from the NBA draft advisory committee.
According to several NBA executives, Baker (6-foot-4) was considered a likely second-round selection if he had entered the draft.
VanVleet (6 feet, 195 pounds) started every game for the Shockers last season and ranked seventh nationally with a 3.10 assist to turnover ratio. He was second behind Baker on the team in scoring with 13.6 points, and his 5.2 assist average led the Missouri Valley Conference.
VanVleet also was regarded as a second-rounder by NBA executives.
With Baker and VanVleet returning, Wichita State again will have one of the top backcourts in the nation.
The Shockers ranked 10th in the ESPN.com Way-Too-Early Top 25.
Wichita State was 30-5 last season and 17-1 in the Missouri Valley. The Shockers knocked off Kansas in the round of 32 before losing to Notre Dame in the Sweet 16.