76ers nab Wichita State’s Shamet with 26th overall pick

WSU Athletics
Bryan Holmgren, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations

Landry Shamet’s professional journey will begin in Philadelphia. The former Wichita State standout was selected by the 76’ers with the 26th pick of Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

Shamet – a 6-foot-5 point guard from Kansas City — is WSU’s 23rd NBA Draft pick but the first to be taken in the opening round since 1985 when Xavier McDaniel went No. 4 overall to the Seattle Supersonics.

Shamet’s selection also ends a 33-year drought for Shocker guards, stretching back to the same 1985 draft when the Chicago Bulls used a second-round pick (No. 34 overall) on Aubrey Sherrod.

He’ll become the sixth Shocker in as many seasons to make an NBA regular season debut, joining: Gal Mekel (2013), Toure’ Murry (2013), Cleanthony Early (2014), Ron Baker (2016) and Fred VanVleet (2016).

Shamet declared for the draft on March 29 forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility. He’s WSU’s first early-entry draftee since 1982 when junior Cliff Levingston went No. 9 overall to the Atlanta Hawks.

In just over two seasons as a Shocker (a foot injury cut his freshman year short after three games), Shamet piled up 914 points and twice earned first team all-conference honors.

His 288 assists rank 20th on WSU’s all-time list and are the second-highest total ever for a Shocker at the end of his sophomore season (six more than VanVleet’s underclassman total). He ranks seventh all-time in three-point field goals (159), second in three-point percentage (.437) and second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.64) behind VanVleet.

As a redshirt sophomore in 2017-18, Shamet earned first team All-AAC honors and was an honorable mention Associated Press All-American for a Shocker team that finished 25-8, was ranked wire-to-wire in the AP Poll, and earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Shamet averaged a team-high 14.9 points, hit a school-record 2.62 threes per game and ranked 13th nationally in three-point percentage (.442). He also led the American Athletic Conference in assists (5.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5).

With Shamet guiding the offense, WSU finished third nationally in assists per game (18.5) and posted its highest scoring average (82.8 points) in 39 years. The Shockers went wire-to-wire in the national polls and earned a No. 4 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

As a redshirt freshman in 2016-17, Shamet became just the second rookie to land first team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in the era of freshman eligibility, joining former Creighton standout Doug McDermott.

Shamet helped lead the Shockers to a 31-5 finish, a share of the MVC regular season title, an MVC Tournament Championship and a first-round win over Dayton in the NCAA Tournament.

Shockers in the NBA Draft:

1955 – Cleo Littleton – 5th (38) – Fort Wayne Pistons

1956 – Bob Hodgson – 11th (78) – Minneapolis Lakers

1961 – Ron Heller – 7th (68) – Chicago Packers

1962 – Gene Wiley – 2nd (15) – Los Angeles Lakers

1962 – Lanny Van Eman – 6th (48) – Syracuse Nationals

1965 – Dave Stallworth – 1st (3rd) – New York Knicks

1965 – Nate Bowman – 1st (7th) – Cincinnati Royals

1967 – Jamie Thompson – 7th (71st) – Los Angeles Lakers

1968 – Warren Armstrong Jabali – 4th (44) – New York Knicks

1972 – Ron Harris – 5th (79) – Milwaukee Bucks

1972 – Terry Benton – 6th (84) – Detroit Pistons

1974 – Bobby Wilson – 3rd (52) – Chicago Bulls

1976 – Robert Gray – 5th (80) – Seattle Supersonics

1977 – Bob Elmore – 4th (67) – New Jersey Nets

1979 – Cheese Johnson – 3rd (54) – Golden State Warriors

1981 – Randy Smithson – 8th (173) – Kansas City Kings

1982 – Cliff Levingston – 1st (9) – Atlanta Hawks

1983 – Antoine Carr – 1st (8) – Detroit Pistons

1985 – Xavier McDaniel – 1st (4) – Seattle Supersonics

1985 – Aubrey Sherrod – 2nd (34) – Chicago Bulls

1987 – Henry Carr – 7th (139) – Los Angeles Clippers

2014 – Cleanthony Early – 2nd (34) – New York Knicks

2018 – Landry Shamet – 1st (26) – Philadelphia 76’ers

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