LISTEN: Rick Stansbury Breaks Down Tuesday Nights Loss To Wright State | WKU Connection

Many of you have been asking for Rick Stansbury’s thoughts on last nights loss.

Last night the official WKU Sports YouTube account posted Coach Stansbury’s postgame comments following a 74-76 loss to Wright State.

To say the least, right now would be that WKU Basketball fans are upset with this teams performance so far this season.


Western Kentucky Falls To Wright State 74-76 | WKU Connection

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What the hell did I just watch?

Western Kentucky falls to a Wright State squad who was missing one of their main pieces.

Some serious questions need to be answered about this team and where this program is headed.

Why the hell does Rick Stansbury not call a timeout with 5 seconds left down 2?

This is unacceptable coaching.

Why do we play a 2-3 zone?

Why do we not run the offense through Charles Bassey?

Why does Jordan Rawls not get more playing time?

All of these need to be answered if this team wants to even think about sniffing the NCAA tournament.

See you all in Diddle Saturday.

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4 Star Kyree Walker Update | WKU Connection

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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%

WKU Basketball Defeats Illinois State 83-69 | WKU Connection

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After a sloppy first half start from the Hilltoppers they come from behind to beat Illinois State 83-69 in St. Thomas.

A great bounce back win for WKU after last nights loss to Bowling Green. Western Kentucky was able to respond with a win against a solid Illinois State squad who played Cincinnati down to the wire last night.

Freshmen guard Jordan Rawls racked up 14 points on the night.

Cam Justice adds 19 points in a bounce back game from Friday which saw him go 1-12 from the field.

Jared Savage totaled 16 points in which he surpassed 1,000 career points.

This win was #1800 all time for WKU Basketball.

Hilltoppers move to 5-1 on the season and will play Fordham Monday at 2:15 PM.

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Western Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Update | WKU Connection

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With the start of the season just around the corner WKU Basketball has had some prospect news break over the past few days.

J.J. Traynor Picks Louisville

No surprise here, in a post last week we mentioned that Traynor was most likely headed to Louisville because of his strong connection with the university and it seemed that ever since he received an offer from UofL he has his sights set on the Cards.

WKU Men’s basketball Head Coach Rick Stansbury was early on Traynor, offering him his first division 1 scholarship offer back in late April. WKU was in the lead mostly for Traynor until Louisville stepped in an offered him earlier this month. Since the Louisville offer it had been all cards by every service that follows recruiting.

Stansbury will have to turn elsewhere for his center piece of the 2020 recruiting class. As of right now Dayvion Mcknight remains the only commitment the Hilltoppers have inline for 2020. If we know anything about Rick Stansbury it is that he has shown the ability to go out and find grad transfer in his time on the Hill. I wouldn’t worry to much about the 2020 recruiting class if he can continue to bring in high level grad transfer to Western Kentucky.

Zion Harmon picks up an offer from Maryland

You may be asking yourself, why is this significant news? Simply put, Harmon is originally from Maryland (D.C. metro area) and he even added Maryland to his top list of schools after receiving the offer last week. Easy to see why Marlyand could be a contender in landing a commitment from Harmon. They were even in to visit him this morning according to his social media feed.

Since taking an official visit to Western Kentucky Harmon has also attended Meet the Racers, Murray States form of Midnight Madness. As of right now the 2021 guard has not said where he will be taking an official visit to next. A rumor is going that Harmon is a lock to reclassify to the class of 2020 pending that he be eligible for the 2020-2021 college basketball season.

Kyree Walker is still a mystery

A 5 star talent from Arizona,Western Kentucky was in to visit Walker the end of last month. Then,Kyree was still a part of his High School team Hillcrest Prep, now news has came out that Walker has left the school and is exploring his options with potentially college and overseas teams interested in his services. As of right now, I don’t think even Kyree Walker knows what his next move is.

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Western Kentucky Has Offered Alex Tchikou | WKU Connection

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Western Kentucky has offered 2021 Power forward Alex Tchikou of Wolfeboro, NH. Tchikou attended Findlay Prep in Henderson, NV. A prep school who has produced the likes of Tristan Thompson, PJ Washington, Bol Bol, and Avery Bradley.

Tchikou is rated as a 4 star recruit and #31 overall in the class of 2021 by 247 Sports. (#25 overall by Rivals)

Alex has went from unranked this time last year to a top junior in the country. Tchikou is an athletic power forward who can run the floor and defend the basket. His outside shot needs improvement as well as his frame before making the jump to the next level.

He holds offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas, UCLA, and Nebraska.

JJ Traynor In Attendance Tonight For Hilltopper Hysteria | WKU Connection

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4 star F JJ Traynor WILL BE in attendance tonight for Hilltopper Hysteria. Stansbury has been on Traynor from the beginning official offering Traynor back in May.

Traynor has been rising up the recruiting ranks over the summer and now earning high praise from 247 Sports head recruiting analyst Evan Daniels having this to say about Traynor,

“I think he is a tremendous talent,” said Daniels. I’ve said this multiple times. I think he’s one of the biggest sleepers in the country, certainly the biggest sleeper I saw all July. I think he’s got tremendous physical tools. He was just measured in at 6-8.5, a 7-2 wingspan, has a 32-inch standing vertical. All the physical tools are there, and the game is coming. He’s just taking big strides. He just turned 17 last week, so he’s still pretty young, and his game is starting to develop.”

Traynor has since earned offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Xavier.

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