Why Is Kenny Cooper Still Not Eligible? | WKU Connection

We’re almost through the first week of the season and there is still no sign of the NCAA granting WKU Basketball PG Kenny Cooper a wavier to be eligible this season.

Cooper, a Lipscomb transfer, averaged 9.8 PPG, 4.5 APG, & 2.0 steals per game for a Lipscomb roster that made the NCAA tournament and NIT final four in the previous two seasons. With Lipscomb’s head coach taking the job at Belmont, Western Kentucky felt good about Coopers wavier being approved by the NCAA. Rick Stansbury even had this to say earlier in May to the Bowling Green Daily News-

We feel good about (Cooper) applying for his waiver and we feel good about the waiver,” Stansbury said. “These kids nowadays, these waivers, they pass them out like Halloween candy a little bit. There are some other mitigating factors in his situation too. So we feel really good about him.”

Rick Stansbury (via: BGDN)

Well we’re a week past Halloween and we still have no word on Cooper’s eligibility.

Hilltopper fans have seen this before, most recently in the 2017 season when former Hilltopper Moustaphia Diagne and current Hilltopper Josh Anderson went until December until the NCAA ruled both eligible. Ridiculous.

Moving forward without Cooper for now Western Kentucky will turn to junior Taveion Hollingsworth to run the point. While Hollingsworth is not a natural point guard he can get the job done through the next 4 games until WKU faces off with Louisville in Nashville on November 29th. To increase their chances against the cardinals Western Kentucky will likely need their senior point guard to be eligible.

The longer this decision lingers, the more of a joke the NCAA becomes. Your move NCAA.

#FreeKennyCooper

Kenny Cooper Standing Out In WKU Basketball Summer Workouts | WKU Connection

Kenny Cooper. Image Via: WKU Athletics/@WKUBasketball

Earlier this week a source close to the WKU Basketball team told WKU Connection-

“Kenny Cooper has been the surprise of the summer…I knew he was a really good player, I didn’t realize he was this good”

Last season at Lipscomb Cooper averaged 9.8 points, 4.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game last season.

The question now is whether or not Kenny Cooper will be eligible to play next season for the Hilltoppers. Rick Stansbury believes so, and I sure hope so.

WKU Basketball Welcomes Kenny Cooper To The Hill

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Wednesday morning it was reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports that WKU had signed former Lipscomb guard Kenny Cooper.

WKU Basketball confirmed this information later in the day by posting a tweet.

WKU Head Coach Rick Stansbury had this to say about Cooper.


“He’s a high-character young man from a great family. He has the valuable ability to make players around him better, and he’ll bring a wealth of experience and toughness to our team.”

Rick Stansbury

Cooper, a Nashville, TN, native has appeared in 100 games for Lipscomb with 67 starts, including all but one game over the last two seasons.

WKU Basketball Set To Host Transfer Kenny Cooper This Weekend

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The off-season transfer madness continues.

This weekend WKU basketball is set to host potential transfer Kenny Cooper who played last year for Lipscomb (Nashville, TN). Corey Evans of Rivals.com reports.

Last season Cooper averaged 9.8 ppg, 4.5 apg, & 3.5 rpg. The 6ft Junior transfer will be eligible to play immediately.

With the addition of Cooper this would fill the hole left by Lamonte Bearden (Graduated) and Dalano Banton (Transfer). With other schools involved in the recruitment of Cooper such as, Butler, Virginia Tech, Missouri State, Southern Illinois, and Loyola Chicago.

A staple of the Rick Stansbury era at WKU has been transfers and I believe WKU has a good shot at putting themselves in the drivers seat for landing Cooper next season.

Here is a video of Coopers game winner vs NC State in the NIT quarter finals last month.