As Hurricane Irene churned along the East Coast, flight after flight was getting canceled, and Cleanthony Early remembers thinking to himself, ''I'm stuck in Kansas.''
The talented forward from upstate New York was on a recruiting visit to Wichita State, which he barely knew existed before the trip. The first two days had gone well, though, and he was starting to think that he might someday play for the Shockers.
Then he wound up stranded three more days, and came away convinced. The rangy forward with the versatile inside-outside game spurned overtures from Baylor, Alabama and Missouri to commit to coach Gregg Marshall, who'd been busily putting on the full-court press.
Three days, and one storm, ultimately changed the course of Early's life.
The Shockers' basketball program, too.
''Everyone knows in two days they can show you the best of the best, and in five days, you can see a lot more, and maybe some of the things they don't want you to see,'' said Early, the leading score...