Clevin Hannah, Wichita State guard from 2008-10, joins the podcast in advance of Tuesday’s AfterShocks game (8 p.m.) in The Basketball Tournament. Hannah talks about his professional basketball career, the fans in Turkey that threw shoes at his team, and his adjustments to living away from family and friends early in his career. Hannah reminisces about his time as a Shocker and how his friendship with Ramon Clemente led him to Wichita State. Hannah describes how he become more responsible and more of a leader during that 2008-09 season. In his second season, he led the Shockers to a 25-win season and the NIT and he describes how the experience of that team led to success.
Andrew Zoldan is in his second year with the Inside TBT (@InsideTbt) podcast. He joins us to discuss the Wichita Regional, his interviews with AfterShocks GM Ron Baker and Wichita State coach Isaac Brown and the growth of The Basketball Tournament since its start in 2014. Zoldan breaks down some of the top teams in the Wichita Regional and players to watch from the AfterShocks, Team Arkansas, LA Cheaters and others in the field. We talk about the popularity of college alumni teams, such as those from Creighton, Kansas State and Oklahoma State that will also play in Koch Arena starting July 16. And, of course, we talk about the Elam Ending.
Wichita State softball pitching coach Presley Bell joins the podcast to discuss her path in softball from Houston Cougars pitcher to graduate manager/graduate assistant at Wichita State and recently promoted assistant coach. Bell discusses her thoughts on Shocker pitching in 2022, how she is learning the recruiting game this summer and her adjustment to coaching at first base for the first time. Bell also talks about her favorite Wichita pizza, Friends episodes and her dogs Bonnie and Clyde.
Jacob Herrs and Brycen Bush join the podcast to discuss their favorite moments from the past four seasons, how they got hooked on basketball and their outlook for the Shockers in 2021-22. We talk about the decision to join Wichita State as walk-ons, advice from their Shocker family members and why they think Wichita State coaches do a good job with scouting reports.
Wichita State senior Bailee Nickerson talks about her hometown’s famous monument, learning how to practice the Kristi Bredbenner way and when she saw the potential for big things in 2021. Nickerson started in left field against Auburn in her first college game and rarely left the lineup during her career. She discusses her adjustment to college softball, which former teammate she borrowed her walk-up song from and the similarities between the 2018 Shocker NCAA team and the current edition.
Third baseman Ryleigh Buck and shortstop Sydney McKinney discuss winning the conference title, their walk-up songs and the season’s top defensive plays. McKinney reveals her secret about Hi-Chew candy. They also talk about when they knew the Shockers had something special going and the big summer event in McKinney’s hometown of Norborne, Mo.
Wichita State basketball’s Morris Udeze and Monzy Jackson talk about their first impressions of each other and why Udeze wasn’t sure about Jackson after that pickup game at the YMCA. They talk about their lessons learned in college basketball, how they viewed the sudden end to the season in the NCAA Tournament and their hopes to play in front of big crowds in Koch Arena. Udeze discusses the transfer portal and what he thinks potential transfers might learn from the experience. Jackson details his plans to work on his game in the off-season.
Wichita State forward Ricky Council IV joins the podcast to talk about his strong debut season and what’s next during spring and summer workouts. Council, a 6-foot-6 forward from Durham, N.C., averaged 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds for the Shockers with a high game of 23 points vs. Cincinnati. He earned a spot on the American Athletic Conference’s all-freshman team. Council reminisces about backyard basketball with his older brothers and describes his affection for Kevin Durant and what the Shockers can learn from their NCAA Tournament experience.
Shockers ESPN+ voice Shane Dennis is on the pod to discuss the Riverfront Stadium experience, how long it might take the Shockers to regain lost fans and the defensive play of Andrew Stewart and Paxton Wallace on the left side of the infield. Shane breaks down Wichita State’s pitching over the past 12 games, Hunter Gibson’s improvement at the plate and how the lack of mid-week games affects the NCAA regional resume.
John Wise is the assistant director of track and field and cross country. He joins the podcast to preview the Wichita State Open, which starts at noon Saturday at Cessna Stadium.
Wise discusses the rising optimism for the outdoor season after the indoor’s uncertainty. He talks about hurdler Joseph Holthusen’s path from lightly recruited high schooler to indoor All-American and Shockers off to a great start to the outdoor season, such as hammer thrower Michael Bryan and the women’s steeplechase crew.
We wrap up by talking about how movies theaters may or may not survive the pandemic, which movie might lure him back to the theater and his “Travel With a Wise Guy” video series on YouTube. Joyland alert!