Late Sunday night a source close to the men’s basketball program confirmed to WKU Connection that Sophomore center Charles Bassey has sustained a season ending injury in Saturday nights match-up with Arkansas.
The actual specifics of the injury itself have not yet been publicized, but are likely to come out sometime within the week. (Likely Coach Stansbury’s press conference Monday afternoon).
Bassey was averaging 15.9 ppg and 9.6 rebounds per game entering Saturday night.
Several NBA Draft evaluation sites had Charles listed as a top 10 pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
Western Kentucky is off this week for finals and will not play in again until an exhibition match with Kentucky Wesleyan on Tuesday December 14th.
This afternoon the indiapolis colts announced they have extended former WKU TE Jack Doyle to a 3 year extension. This deal comes after the Los Angeles Rams decided to extend Tyler Higbee earlier this season. A good year to be former Hilltopper now in the NFL.
To this point Doyle has totaled 36 catches for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 2019 season.
The extension is reportly a 3 year deal worth 21 million guaranteed with a possible for incentives bumping it up to 24 million. Currently 3 former Hilltopper Tight Ends are on active NFL rosters, Deon Yelder (Chiefs), Tyler Higbee (Rams), and Jack Doyle (Colts).
Wouldn’t it be neat if Western Kentucky and Arkansas battle it out inside Diddle Arena Saturday night for 4 star SF Kyree Walker? Essentially that is what is happening Saturday night in Bowling Green.
Walker posted this to his social media account hinting a decision is coming soon.
As of now, If Walker was to enroll he would not be eligible until the start of the spring semester at Western Kentucky on January 27th. It is not set in stone that Walker will be attending any university as several rumors have him going overseas. If he were to take the college route I’d say it’s down to WKU and Arkansas.
Right now I’d lean toward Arkansas at 70% to land Kyree and Western Kentucky 30%
After a week 1 loss to Central Arkansas Western Kentucky would be ranked dead last in the USA Today rankings the following week.
Now, the Hilltoppers are playing their best football since 2016 and are rolling hot into bowl season riding a 8-4 season in Head Coach Tyson Helton’s first season. Western Kentucky comes in this week at #52 in the country, jumping 2 spots from 54 the week prior. You can view the full rankings here.
Just 2 Conference USA schools are ranked ahead of Western Kentucky in FAU, (see ya Lane Kiffin) and UAB whom Western Kentucky defeated earlier in the season 20-13.
Who would’ve thought Western Kentucky would go from losing to a FCS opponent and being ranked dead last to being ranked in the top half of all college football programs in the same season? I surely didn’t see 8-4 record after a week 1. Lets go bowling.