Former MSU-West Plains All-American transferring from Wichita State

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  1. Houndawg

    Houndawg Well-Known Member
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    After playing for the Wichita State Shockers for one season, former MSU-West Plains star and NJCAA All-American, Ricky Torres (6'3 PG from Pinellas Park, FL) has left the program.

    According to an article in The Wichita Eagle, a source close to the situation at WSU said that it was a mutual agreement between Torres and the WSU coaching staff during a post season evaluation visit to find the 6-foot-3 point guard a better basketball fit for his final season.

    Torres started 10 games early in the season for WSU, but then became a change-of-pace option off the bench for coach Gregg Marshall and recorded a 3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio during WSU’s 14-4 close to the season. He averaged 2.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.4 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game.

    Torres was Region 16 Player of the Year his Sophomore year for the Grizzlies (2017-18), in which he averaged 17.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.1 assists, and 1.7 steals. He also shot 49.9% from the field, 43.3% from distance, and 69.7% from the charity stripe. That performance garnered Ricky NJCAA First Team All-American honors as well.

    It appears Torres will continue his NCAA basketball career at Illinois State University (Normal, IL) and play for Head Coach Dan Muller. See the link below for the official release from the ISU athletic page. On a side note, Marcus Belcher, former SUI-Carbondale, Moberly Greyhound and Mexico Bulldog standout, was recently added to the Illinois State Redbird coaching staff.

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