FanDuel has came out with their early preseason win total projection for all power five and non power five schools. WKU is at (5) wins for next season which would be an improvement from a year ago and their (3-9) mark.
If you were to find a league betting state(C’mon Kentucky) you would have to bet $114 dollars to win $100. If you were optimistic on WKU going bowling next season (6-6). If you were pessimistic and the team only winning 4 games you would need to only bet $102 to win 100 dollars.
Do you have WKU passing this win total or falling short?
On Monday WKU Basketball extended an offer to 5 star prospect former Bowling Green Purple Zion Harmon. Harmon is ranked #19 overall in the country by 247 Sports and the #1 overall player in Kentucky in the 2021 class.
Zion won a state championship with BGHS back in 2017 as an 8th grader starting on the varsity squad. He then transferred to Adair county for the 2018 season and then Marshall county for the 2019 season where he was deemed ineligible by the KHSAA.
Harmon holds offers from Auburn, St. Louis, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee.
College Football Hall of Fame game candidate and WKU legend coach Jim Feix, was one of several candidates for the class of 2020 HAF.
Coach Feix has the most wins of any coach during a career at WKU with 106 wins. He was the man in charge for 15 seasons, during that time, he took the Hilltoppers to 6 OVC championships, 3 time OVC coach of the year. He also went to the Division 2 national title game twice. He is already a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Fame. As well as a charter member of the WKU Athletics Hall of Fame.
As a player for WKU (1952) he led the Hilltoppers to a 9-1 record and the schools first ever bowl appearance (A win over Arkansas State in the Refrigerator bowl in nearby Evansville, IN). He later joined the New York Giants before an injury ended his playing career.
The Hall of Fame game will take place on August 1st in Canton, OH.
Charles Bassey is on pace to set a scoring WKU record that not even Jim McDaniel’s or Courtney Lee accomplished through two seasons. Through Bassey’s freshmen season on the Hill he has totaled 495 points. He would need 505 points to break the 1,000 point barrier. His teammate Taveion Hollingsworth almost broke this record in (2018-2019) only 4 points shy with (996).
With Football season quickly approaching now is the best time to purchase your WKU Football Season tickets. You can purchase season tickets now for as low as $85! Here’s the link to purchase them here.
$85 for 6 games that averages at just over $14 a game, not a bad deal. Those games include:
Central Arkansas – Thursday – August 29th 6:30 PM
UAB – Saturday – September 28th 6:00 PM
Army – Saturday – October 12th 6 PM
Charlotte – Saturday – October 19th 3:00 PM
FAU- Saturday – November 2nd 3:00 PM
Middle Tennessee – Saturday – November 30th 1:00 PM
*The season ticket package DOES NOT include the game in Nashville vs Louisville on September 14 at 3 PM.*
You can purchase WKU tickets here or by calling 1-800-5-BIGRED or (270) 745-5222.
It seems like every off season WKU Basketball hype is through the roof. This year I believe the hype is real.
Next season WKU returns:
79% 3’s Made
75% Minutes Played
With WKU loosing some players via transfer including Jake Ohmer, Dalano Banton, Matthew Horton, and Lamonte Bearden who graduated. WKU gained some key pieces for next season as well. This group includes:
PG – Kenny Cooper – Transfer – Lipscomb
G – Camron Justice – Transfer – IUPUI
F – Nick Ogenda – Signed – Southwest Christian Academy (AR.)
F- Isaiah Cozart – Signed – Madison Central High School (KY.)
G – Jackson Harlan – Signed – Clinton County High School (KY.)
G – Jordan Rawls – Signed – Hamilton Heights (TN.)
F – Carson Williams – Transfer – Northern Kentucky – Owen County High School (KY.)
Another big piece that will play a role in the success of WKU Basketball next season is Junior Forward Carson Williams. Williams sat out the 2018-2019 season due to the NCAA’s transfer rule, but it expected to be fully ready for next season and will be a big piece in the Hilltoppper rotation.
Rawls a 4 star gaurd was originally a part of the 2020 class is set to join WKU this summer as a part of the 2019 class. Rawls will be another big piece in the Hilltopper rotation at guard. With his quickness and ability to find the open man, Rawls should see good minutes next season.
Cozart a 6’7 forward holds the Kentucky state record for blocks at 714 for his high school career. He was also named the Kentucky Gatorade player of the year in his senior season. Cozart will probably see limited minutes in his freshmen season setting behind Charles Bassey and Tolu Smith.
Harlan a native of nearby Albany, KY who averaged 26.4 points as a junior and had 30+ in 16 games as a junior, and 40+ in 3 games. Next season Harlans minutes will be limited because of WKU’s depth at guard.
Nick “Stretch” Ogenda
Ogenda is a talented big man from Southwest Christian academy in Arkansas. His game is above the rim and is improving everyday. Look for Ogenda to see some time next season giving breathers for Bassey and Smith.
Justice a former Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 2015 will see a big role in the Hilltopper rotation at guard. Justice provides the shooting and floor general experience WKU will need next season. As of right now I would assume Justice and Cooper will battle it out for the starting PG position.
Cooper who played his last 3 season at Lipscomb in Nashville, TN will still need to be ruled eligible by the NCAA for next season (He should be). Let’s hope the NCAA doesn’t wait until January to rule Cooper eligible like they did with Anderson and Mou in 2017. I expect Cooper and Justice to battle it out for the starting spot, but both will see good minutes next season.
Prediction for next season:
With WKU returning much from last season and upgrading holes left by transfers and players graduating. My WAY TOO EARLY WKU Basketball prediction is 30+ wins, a conference USA regular season and tournament title, an NCAA birth AND first round win in the tournament. (Go ahead and screen shot that)
As of right now the full 2019-2020 basketball schedule has not been released but when it is I will do a full breakdown of each team and the outcome.
There it is, let the preseason hype begin. See you at Diddle!