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Shockers get second juco in two days

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For the second day in a row, Wichita State scored with a junior college prospect.
A day after landing freshman Earl Watson, the Shockers picked up a commitment from sophomore Cleanthony Early.
The 6-foot-7 forward at Sullivan County CC in New York had visited Washington State and San Diego State in addition to Wichita State. More recently, the likes of Baylor, Alabama and Missouri among others had looked to get involved but he was ready to decide.
"I felt like it was the right fit," Early told Rivals.com. "I enjoyed being there and they work hard. Plus everything went well with my mom, she loved Coach Marshall and Coach Heiar."
Helping the Shockers was the fact that they'd been on Early before other schools jumped in over the summer after a big performance at Jerry Mullen's juco showcase.
"My AAU coach and my head coach felt good about it," said Early. "They've been recruiting me since before Mullen's and it was everything I need."
Athletic, tough and versatile, Early sees big things for himself and his teammates if they work together.
"I feel like my work ethic and desire to win along with my athletic ability and skill will help the program," said Early. "My will to want to be a pro and wanting to work toward that along with my teammates will really bring us to a higher level to compete on the stage we want to be on."
Early joins a class that already includes three-star high school point guard Fred Van Vleet.
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