Coming out of High School Charles Bassey was rated the #6 overall prospect in the country by 247 sports
In his freshmen season on the Hill Charles Bassey averaged 14.6 ppg, 10.0 rpg, & 2.4 bpg. These numbers earned him some serious talk of becoming a first round pick in the NBA.
Recent Mock Drafts:
NBC Sports has Charles going #26 to the Philadelphia 76ers
NBA Draft Net has Charles going #19 to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Other outlets such as SI and Bleacher Report have Charles rated between the 30-40 overall prospect.
The difference in money between a first round NBA draft pick and a second round pick is substantial. A first round top 25 pick rookie contract is worth around 10 Million over 4 years. Whereas an early second round NBA draft picks contract is worth around 4-5 Million over 4 years.
The NBA draft combine will take place May 14-19 in Chicago. It is almost certain Bassey will be invited to work out and get feedback from NBA scouts. Also, Charles is able to hire an agent and return to college basketball as long as he does not accept money from the agency.
Charles must withdraw his name from the NBA draft by June 10th if he wishes to return to college for another season.
In 2015 the Kareem Abdul- Jabbar center of the year award was created. This year the WKU Hilltoppers have a potential shot at winning this award. The Hilltoppers center Charles Bassey has been named as one of the candidates. He is one of only two freshmen to be in the running this season. Charles is in the top 40 in the country in double-doubles, field-goal percentage, blocks per game, total blocks, rebounds per game, offensive rebounds per game, defensive rebounds per game and total rebounds. All of Hilltopper nation needs to vote for our 5-star center for the 2019 award. This would be not only monumental for Charles, but also for the basketball program we are creating on the hill. To vote for Bassey simply go here before March 29th.
After that five finalists will be presented to Kareem and a selection committee, where they will pick the 2019 center of the year award winner.
The winner will be announced on Friday, April 12, 2019. The fan votes can have a big impact on the winner so Hilltopper nation get out and vote for Mr. Charles Bassey.
Previous winners of this award include 2015 Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin, 2016 Jakob Poeltl of Utah, 2017 Przemek Karnowski of Gonzaga, and 2018 Angel Delgado of Seton Hall.
You can vote once per day, per email address. You must vote for all 5 awards and validate the vote in your email.
After a disappointing season according to most WKU fans, some questions remain around the program after a (20-14) season and a 6th straight season without an NCAA tournament bid.
Will Charles Bassey Stay Or Will He Go?
I think the number one question for WKU basketball this off season is whether or not Charles Bassey will pursue a NBA career.
Many outlets had Charles as a Top 10 pick coming into the season. But, after a season where Bassey posted stats of, 14.6 ppg, 10 rpg, & 2.4 bpg Bassey has slid down many draft boards.
As of recent, Jeremy Woo of SI.com has Bassey as the #40 overall NBA prospect in the 2019 NBA draft. You can find that article here.
Charles could stay and try and improve his draft stock in 2020 and risk injury or forgo his college eligibility and hire an agent and enter the 2019 NBA draft. There is a chance enters his name into the NBA draft but does not hire an agent and returns for the 2020 season.
Will Rick Stansbury Leave?
Let me be the first to say I do not think Stansbury will leave WKU for a variety of reasons. Nonetheless, his name will be floated around in HC vacancies around the country.
Texas A&M: With the recent firing of Billy Kennedy at Texas A&M look for Stansbury’s name to be rumored their most. Having served on the Texas A&M coaching staff from (2014-2015) as assistant coach and from (2015-2016) as associate head coach. With Stansbury’s ties to Texas A&M IF he did leave I believe this is the most likely destination.
LSU: Stansbury has no known ties to LSU but he does have head coaching experience in the SEC. His name was rumored in the mix for the Head Coaching job in 2017 when LSU hired Will Wade. Now with the most recent FBI scandal involving Will Wade and Javonte Smart it would not surprise me to see those rumors resurface in 2019.
Will Anyone Transfer Out?
With the scene in college basketball today, and the transfer portal, college athletics now has a summer free agency. With WKU losing only one player from its 2018-2019 roster as we know right now the question becomes, Will anyone else leave? I’m not going to speculate on this but it would not surprise me to lose at least one player from this years roster just given the day in age of college basketball.