WICHITA, Kan. -

The Wichita State men's basketball team works hard. They're undefeated and ranked fifth in the AP poll, even so they were back at practice Thursday ahead of their home game against Indiana State.

Associate head coach Chris Jans says Chadrack Lufile stays at practice longer than most.

"He is usually the last to leave, and as a coach I like to see that," Jans said.

Lufile stays after most practices to shoot 100 free throws. His teammate Nick Wiggins notices Lufile's hard work.

"He just works so hard, it's because a lot of people in life told him you can't. I think that is his motivation," Nick Wiggins said.

Chadrack may stay after practice because he's making up for lost time. He didn't start playing basketball until his junior year of high school.

"Yeah I played soccer and football... then I grew," Lufile said.

Just a few years before he played in the final four he says he didn't know what March Madness was.

"If you would have told me I'd be there I would have laughed at you. I didn't follow college basketball," Lufile said.

According to Nick Wiggins, Lufile is known as a practical joker off the court.

"You ask anybody on the team about Chadrack and the first thing they'll do is smile. He's always laughing, singing and making jokes. He thinks he's funny," Wiggins said.

Lufile is laughing now, but his path to Wichita State wasn't easy. He played at three junior colleges before landing at WSU.

"I thank God I'm here. He has a plan and that's becoming clear," Lufile said.

Lufile says his faith is at the center of his success. His parents are ministers in Canada and he and two of his brothers are named after Chadrack, Meschack and Abednego from the bible.

"I thank god everyday, win or lose. My faith is what keeps me going," Lufile said.


Win or lose Lufile plans to keep working hard. Right now his focus is the next game but after that who knows?