The Wichita State Shockers men’s basketball program has long had one of the stronger teams of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers have been to the postseason 20 times since 1954, including eight NCAA Tournaments and one appearance in the Final Four. There have been eight NBA players from Wichita State University, the best of which include one-time All-Star Xavier McDaniel.
Former All-Star forward Xavier McDaniel was one of the top NBA players from Wichita State University. In four seasons with the Shockers, McDaniel scored 2,152 points and took home 1985 All-America honors. The Seattle Sonics chose him with the fourth pick of the 1985 NBA Draft and he became an instant impact player with the team. He averaged 20.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in six seasons in Seattle. McDaniel played 12 NBA seasons with career totals of 13,606 points and 5,313 rebounds.
Longtime power forward Antoine Carr was one of the best NBA players from Wichita State University. As a sophomore, Carr averaged 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds to help the Shockers reach their last Elite Eight. He entered the NBA as a first round pick in 1983 and spent six years as a reserve big man for the Hawks. In 1990, he was traded to Sacramento where he had his best seasons. In 1990-91, Carr averaged 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks with the Kings, all career highs. Carr was the last Wichita State player to appear in an NBA game, making his final appearance in the 1999-00 season with the Grizzlies.
A top NBA player from Wichita State University, Dave Stallworth spent eight seasons in the league from 1965 to 1975. Stallworth was a two-time All-American for the Shockers with averages of 24.3 points and 10.5 rebounds in college. The Knicks selected him with the third overall pick in 1965 and he began his career with averages of 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in his first two years. He averaged eight points and four boards per game on the Knicks’ championship winner in 1970.
Former Hawks’ power forward Cliff Levingston was one of the best NBA players from Wichita State. Levingston averaged a double-double throughout his college career and entered the NBA as a first round pick by the Pistons in 1982. He had a solid and consistent 11-year career in which he averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. In 1991 and 1992, he was a reserve big man for the Bulls as they won two NBA titles.
Center Gene Wiley was the first ever NBA player from Wichita State University. Wiley averaged ten points and ten boards in three seasons with the Shockers before entering the NBA in 1962. He played four seasons with the Lakers with career averages of 4.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. Wiley finished his professional career with a a brief season in the ABA.
NBA & ABA Players Who Attended Wichita State University. Basketball-Reference.com