In what has been a bad offseason up to this point for Wichita State, they finally got some news that will involve a player being added to their by getting a commitment from UConn grad transfer Alterique Gilbert.
Gilbert will be immediately eligible for the Shockers and will give them much-needed help in the backcourt after the transfers of Jamarius Burton, Grant Sherfield, and Erik Stevenson out of the backcourt.
Gilbert didn’t play in very many games in his first two seasons at UConn, but in the last two seasons he has been a regular in the rotation and he’s started a good amount of games, starting 43 of the 55 games he has played in over the past two seasons.
Where this pickup will really help the Shockers is on the defensive end of the floor, where he is a strong defensive guard despite only being listed at 6’0″.
The former top-100 recruit has however struggled with his offensive efficiency during his career, only shooting 36.5 percent overall and 31.6 percent from three. Despite that, he averaged 12.6 points per game two seasons ago and 8.5 points per game this past season.
Ultimately, this move isn’t going to put the Shockers at the top of the American next season. It’s a nice starting point however for them to try and rebuild things after the mass exodus they have seen this offseason so far.
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