Head Coach Mike Hopkins has picked up the commitment of former Wichita State Shocker guard Erik Stevenson. The guard was one of several Wichita State players that entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. This is a great addition for the Huskies who will get the shooting guard for two years. Stevenson beat out Oregon, Maryland, Gonzaga, and San Diego State for the commitment of the shooting guard. He is originally from the state of Washington.
Wichita State’s Erik Stevenson is heading to Washington. Huge pickup for Mike Hopkins and the Huskies. https://t.co/JqO2DOdin8
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 25, 2020
The shooting guard had the following statement prepared for why he decided to leave the Shockers. “Coach (Gregg Marshall) and I didn’t have a great relationship, obviously we didn’t mesh. That’s probably the biggest reason why I’m leaving. I’ve got to find a better relationship and a better situation.” This has been a growing rumor and concern surrounding the Wichita State program.
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— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) February 21, 2020
The Washington Huskies have added some solid guard depth to their roster. He will likely have to sit out a year, but it will be worth the wait. His second year saw him average 11.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. The guard paired that with shooting 37.7 from the field and 30.4 percent from beyond the arc. Eric Stevenson is a solid option of offense, but his upside really comes from his defense.
Mike Hopkins had some serious depth issues at Washington this year and this will prevent that problem from happening in the future. Stevenson’s athletic and defensive will help him thrive in the Huskies system. The shooting guard should be able to plug right into that budding Washington zone defense. This could be a perfect home state match.