How Wichita State built its roster

Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall recruits toughness and talent, a formula that has proven successful for the Shockers. Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Wichita State has punched its ticket to the Final Four, but the Shockers' journey to Atlanta began well before Selection Sunday or even the start of this season. Success in college basketball starts with recruiting, so this Cinderella story was really years in the making.

To examine how the Shockers built a team good enough to make the Final Four, let's break down how this roster came together via recruiting, including philosophy, the key recruiting class, the most underrated recruit and why it all worked.

Here's the story behind the story of Wichita State's journey to the Final Four.