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Point Guard Quickly Commits to Shockers


By Paul Suellentrop

October 2, 2007



Clevin Hannah's mind was almost made up before he arrived in Wichita for his recruiting visit.

It didn't take long for Wichita State's basketball coaches and players to remove any doubt. Hannah, a point guard from Chipola (Fla.) College, orally committed to WSU on Saturday night during his visit.

"It seemed like I will fit in real good," he said. "It's a nice situation for me."

Hannah (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) is the second player to commit to WSU this fall. He joins Houston Klein Forest High guard Toure Murry, and both say they intend to sign when the signing period begins Nov. 14. WSU coaches cannot comment on recruits until they sign a letter of intent.

Several advantages helped WSU make a good impression on Hannah. Chipola coach Greg Heiar played and coached for WSU assistant Chris Jans. Hannah played last season at Paris (Texas) College, where he teamed with current Shocker Ramon Clemente.

With those connections, Hannah focused his attention on WSU. Heiar said programs such as Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa might have entered the picture had Hannah waited to sign until the spring.

"When he got back, he talked about the people they had up there, and it starts with Coach (Gregg) Marshall," Heiar said. "Those guys were great. The players really showed him that they're serious about winning."

Hannah earned honorable mention all-region honors at Paris last season, when he averaged 10.8 points and shot 39 percent from three-point range. Hannah averaged 19 points and nine assists for Holly Springs (Miss.) as a high school senior.

"He's a playmaker," Heiar said. "He is a true point guard, a guy that makes great decisions with the basketball."

Heiar also likes the fact defenses can't ignore Hannah as a three-point threat.

"He's a pure shooter from out to about 23 feet," Heiar said. "He can score in a variety of ways."

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