WKU hoops: Evaluation day one

SUWANEE, Ga. - Western Kentucky University basketball coach Ray Harper spent the first night of the evaluation period at the Adidas Gauntlet Series Finale watching some of his top prospects. WKUInsider has the latest on where the WKU coaches were spotted.

Western Kentucky University basketball coach Ray Harper didn't surprise anyone on Wednesday night, the first evening of the July evaluation period for college basketball teams.

Harper was front-and-center for his top two targets - both in-state prospects.

After watching a game between New Orleans Elite and Basketball University, Harper and assistant coach Chris Shumate watched Apollo's Eli Wright and Taylor County's Quentin Goodin.

"I know who they want," one college coach joked. "Can they keep those kids in state?"

And that's the million dollar question. Wright and Goodin are the top two targets along with Braxton Beverly, who recently left Perry County Central for a prep school.

Wright started the night on a good note for the WKU targets. His Hoop Dreams team did take a loss to Team Magic Elite but Wright finished with 16 points, three rebounds and three steals in the defeat.

It was then off on the 30-minute trek to North Gwinnett High School to watch Goodin, who plays for Indiana Elite. Goodin was just 3 of 9 from the field and finished with eight points, two rebounds and two assists.

Goodin recently narrowed his list to five and two other head coaches - Xavier's Chris Mack and Michigan's John Beilein - also watched along with assistant coaches. Florida and Miami had just assistants at the game.

WKU assistant coach David Boyden was also spotted in the Atlanta area at the Elite 32 session one watching some younger kids, including the 2017 Hoop Dreams team.

Harper is expected to stay in Suwanee for a while on Thursday before making his way to Augusta for the Peach Jam.

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