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Wichita State set to tour Canada as post-Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet era begins

Gregg Marshall and his Shockers will play four pre-season games north of the border from Aug 6 to 10.

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Wichita State is set to embark on a four-game pre-season tour in Canada from Aug. 6 to 10. The Shockers have played in five consecutive NCAA tournaments, and head coach Gregg Marshall will look to this tournament as an opportunity to begin to re-tool his lineup after losing five seniors to graduation, including Ron Baker, who signed with the New York Knicks, and Fred VanVleet, who signed with the Toronto Raptors.

The schedule for Wichita State is as follows:

Aug 6 – Montreal, QC vs. University of Quebec at Montreal.
Aug 7 – Ottawa, ON vs. Carleton University
Aug 9 – Montreal, QC vs. McGill University
Aug 10 – Montreal, QC vs. Indisport All-Stars

The game in Ottawa is part of the Can-Am Shootout Tournament, which will also feature games between Carleton and other NCAA teams, including Stetson (Aug. 5), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Aug. 12) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Aug. 21).

Ottawa-based Carleton University is widely regarded as the best basketball program in Canada, having won their sixth consecutive national title back in March, which was also their 12th title in 14 years. During last year’s pre-season, Carleton defeated Baylor and Valparaiso, so this should be a challenging opportunity for Wichita State to see what their younger talent can bring to the lineup in advance of the season.

For more info on Wichita State’s Canada Tour, head here.