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Hannah Has Sights Set Squarely on WSU

 

By Paul Suellentrop

September 23, 2007

 

Wichita State definitely enjoys the full attention of point guard Clevin Hannah, a recruit from Chipola College.

A freak April snowstorm did not turn off WSU coach Gregg Marshall on his recruiting visit last spring. It might take a stronger weather-related omen to spoil Hannah's plans for WSU.

"Right now, it's the only school I'm serious about," Hannah said. "I'm ready to get out there and check it out."

Hannah will visit WSU on Friday. He wants to make a decision in November (the signing period begins on Nov. 14). Chipola coach Greg Heiar said if Hannah signs in November, it would be with WSU.

Schools such as Lamar are after him now, and Hannah wants no part of Lamar. Schools such as Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are perhaps interested, or interested in taking a better look. They are, it appears, backup plans for the spring signing period for Hannah (5-foot-11, 160 pounds).

"WSU is really the only school he is considering," Heiar said.

Hannah is long-distance comfortable with WSU for several reasons.

Heiar played for and coached under WSU assistant Chris Jans. "He's my mentor," Heiar said.

Jans, a former head coach at Chipola, is also in tight with Hannah.

"Me and Coach Jans have been talking over the summer," Hannah said. "He's a real cool dude. He's my guy."

Hannah played last season at Paris (Texas) Junior College with current Shocker Ramon Clemente.

"Ramon is real cool," Hannah said. "He's been telling me all about it."

Heiar likes the match because of Jans, Marshall and what he calls WSU's "high major" attributes such as attendance and travel on charter jets.

"Wichita State is the perfect school for him," Heiar said.

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 transferred to Chipola, he said, in search of a better school and basketball program. He averaged 19 points and nine assists for Holly Springs (Miss.) as a high school senior.

"He's a dead-eye shooter," Heiar said. "He can really, really shoot the ball."

Hannah also owns the leadership skills of a good point guard. Heiar expects his defense to improve, as Hannah gets stronger and adds weight.

"He's very charming and he's very honest," Heiar said. "He knows how to handle people and he knows how to talk to each guy. That's what makes him so valuable."

 
 
 
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