Shockers fans talk after another player leaves the basketball team

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The news of another shockers player deciding to leave is one that came as a surprise to students and even fans.

Charles Fowler is a freshman at Wichita State and originally from Denver.

He says he has been talking about the basketball team and the players who have left with people since the season ended.

“We started talking about whether Landry was going to leave, whether he was going to declare for the draft, we talked about how we were going to make up for the players that left,” said Fowler.

As expected, the Shockers knew they would be without six seniors on this years team once the season ended.

Sophomore guard Landry Shamet decided to forego his final two years of eligibility and enter into the NBA Draft.

Sophomore guard Austin Reaves joined three other players in deciding to transfer from the program.

“As an athlete, as well as being in the sports business and even in my 36-years of life, I’ve never seen 11 players leave a program,” said DJ Fisher, Founder of Defining Sports.

Fisher has been a sports agent for 13-years.

He says losing that many players could have an impact.

“I think there is a lot of confusion and questions raised, why aren’t players staying, why aren’t players willing to be as loyal as the fans are to them,” said Fisher.

It is an impact that fans think could be pretty big.

“We have great programs here and we have a great school, but it’s hard for us to get out there, because we are so small, and we are in a small town, that no one really knows about, so basketball has given us that spotlight,” said Fowler.

For WSU sophomore Jose Nepius, he plans to stay positive.

“Gregg Marshall can do it man, he can find us the good players and we believe in him, and it’s going to happen for us,” said Nepius.

Fans tell KSN that regardless if the team has 12 players or even just two players, they still plan to pack Koch Arena and cheer on the Shockers.

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