WICHITA, Kan. – Joe Ragland, a 6-foot-0 point guard from West Springfield, Mass., has signed a National-Letter-of-Intent to play basketball at Wichita State University, Head Coach Gregg Marshall announced today.
“We are very excited to add Joe Ragland to our program,” Marshall said. “He is a proven winner, and a proven producer, and we are happy to add him to our back court next season.
“We were fortunate to watch Joe as he led North Platte to Hutchinson for the Junior College National Tournament for the first time in school history and achieve first-team junior college All-American status. We developed a quick courtship, and loved the fact that he really wanted to be a Shocker.
“I think he sees a great opportunity in the graduation of Clevin (Hannah) at the point, but he also can score the basketball, and has the ability to play off the ball, although initially he is a point guard. He really adds depth and talent for us at that position.”
An NJCAA All-American from North Platte (Neb.) Community College, he helped North Platte to the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson and earned the Bud Obee Outstanding Small Player Award.
In 2009-10, he averaged 18.4 points, made 56 percent of his shots, 45.8 percent of his three-pointers, and 75.4 percent of his free throws for North Platte.
Ragland also holds North Platte’s career scoring record with 1,286 points. In two seasons, he averaged 19.5 points and 3.1 assists and made 45.3 percent from the arc.
He was named to the 2010 All-Region IX team and the Region IX All-Tournament team.
At West Springfield High, he earned the Lahovich Award as the region’s top player as a senior.
Ragland will join Fall signee, seven-foot center Ehimen Orukpe, a native of Delta, Nigeria, as newcomers to the Shocker program in 2010-11.
Ehimen (A-hee-may) Orukpe (O- Roo- Pay) redshirted one season at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and played his first season for the Raiders in 2009-10.
Ragland is WSU’s first signee of the Spring, 2010, signing period.