It seems like every off season WKU Basketball hype is through the roof. This year I believe the hype is real.
Next season WKU returns:
- 81% Scoring
- 80% Rebounding
- 82% Blocks
- 52% Assists
- 75% Steals
- 79% 3’s Made
- 75% Minutes Played
With WKU loosing some players via transfer including Jake Ohmer, Dalano Banton, Matthew Horton, and Lamonte Bearden who graduated. WKU gained some key pieces for next season as well. This group includes:
- PG – Kenny Cooper – Transfer – Lipscomb
- G – Camron Justice – Transfer – IUPUI
- F – Nick Ogenda – Signed – Southwest Christian Academy (AR.)
- F- Isaiah Cozart – Signed – Madison Central High School (KY.)
- G – Jackson Harlan – Signed – Clinton County High School (KY.)
- G – Jordan Rawls – Signed – Hamilton Heights (TN.)
- F – Carson Williams – Transfer – Northern Kentucky – Owen County High School (KY.)
Another big piece that will play a role in the success of WKU Basketball next season is Junior Forward Carson Williams. Williams sat out the 2018-2019 season due to the NCAA’s transfer rule, but it expected to be fully ready for next season and will be a big piece in the Hilltoppper rotation.
Rawls a 4 star gaurd was originally a part of the 2020 class is set to join WKU this summer as a part of the 2019 class. Rawls will be another big piece in the Hilltopper rotation at guard. With his quickness and ability to find the open man, Rawls should see good minutes next season.
Cozart a 6’7 forward holds the Kentucky state record for blocks at 714 for his high school career. He was also named the Kentucky Gatorade player of the year in his senior season. Cozart will probably see limited minutes in his freshmen season setting behind Charles Bassey and Tolu Smith.
Harlan a native of nearby Albany, KY who averaged 26.4 points as a junior and had 30+ in 16 games as a junior, and 40+ in 3 games. Next season Harlans minutes will be limited because of WKU’s depth at guard.
Nick “Stretch” Ogenda
Ogenda is a talented big man from Southwest Christian academy in Arkansas. His game is above the rim and is improving everyday. Look for Ogenda to see some time next season giving breathers for Bassey and Smith.
Justice a former Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 2015 will see a big role in the Hilltopper rotation at guard. Justice provides the shooting and floor general experience WKU will need next season. As of right now I would assume Justice and Cooper will battle it out for the starting PG position.
Cooper who played his last 3 season at Lipscomb in Nashville, TN will still need to be ruled eligible by the NCAA for next season (He should be). Let’s hope the NCAA doesn’t wait until January to rule Cooper eligible like they did with Anderson and Mou in 2017. I expect Cooper and Justice to battle it out for the starting spot, but both will see good minutes next season.
Prediction for next season:
With WKU returning much from last season and upgrading holes left by transfers and players graduating. My WAY TOO EARLY WKU Basketball prediction is 30+ wins, a conference USA regular season and tournament title, an NCAA birth AND first round win in the tournament. (Go ahead and screen shot that)
As of right now the full 2019-2020 basketball schedule has not been released but when it is I will do a full breakdown of each team and the outcome.
There it is, let the preseason hype begin. See you at Diddle!
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