Shockers ready to step up in Shamet's and McDuffie's absence

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Wichita State starts official practice this Saturday and they will be without star players Landry Shamet and Markis McDuffie.

Both first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference players have foot injuries. McDuffie expected back sometime in December, while Shamet should be back sometime in November. While they are out other Shockers will have to fill their roles. 

Seniors Rashard Kelly and Zach Brown have plenty of experience and already split a lot of time with McDuffie at the four-spot and will get to play more minutes there, head coach Gregg Marshall said. That is in addition to some of the younger players.

"You don't just replace a player of the quality of Markis McDuffie and Landry Shamet, unfortunately. But I think C.J. Keyser now, Rodgerick Brown, some of those new guys are going to also get opportunities to show what they can do in his absence," Marshall added.

At the point guard spot they also have plenty of depth.

"Samajae (Haynes-Jones) is looking good, I mean we've got guards like Conner Frankamp can run some point, Austin Reaves can run some point and Kaelen Malone can run some point," Marshall continued. "So, those guys are all fighting for those minutes until your primary guys, your stars, your all-conference players get back."

Wichita State tips-off their regular season on Nov. 10 against UMKC.