Point guard Kenny Cooper, who transferred from Lipscomb University last spring, was denied his request at immediate eligibility this season per Elliot Pratt. Cooper averaged 9.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 4.5 apg last season before transferring this offseason. This will force the Hilltoppers to rely on both Taveion Hollingsworth and Jordan Rawls to run the offense for the rest of the season. Cooper will be eligible at the start of next season, which will be his senior season.
Curiously, it took until midway through December before this decision was announced. Better known players such as Jemarl Baker (Kentucky->Arizona) and Quade Green (Kentucky-> Washington) were granted immediate eligibility before the season started despite their transfers coming due to playing time and Cooper’s coming due to a coaching change. Through both football and basketball the NCAA has shown its preference to Power 5 programs over mid-majors, and this is yet another example. This news comes one day after WKU learned it lost its star player Charles Bassey due to injury for the remainder of the season.