Top in-state '17 target 'loves' Shumate

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - One of the top 2017 targets for Western Kentucky basketball - Taylor County's David Sloan - updated WKUInsider on his recruitment and said the Toppers have a boost since hiring assistant Chris Shumate.

Western Kentucky University basketball coach Ray Harper knew when he hired Chris Shumate as an assistant coach that it would make some waves on the recruiting trail.

But perhaps even Harper didn't think it would create so much stir.

Taylor County senior Quentin Goodin - a top 75 player nationally - has the Toppers in his final five and told us they "likely wouldn't have been" if not for the addition of Shumate and another top in-state target - Eli Wright - is also looking hard at WKU.

Now, the state's top player in the Class of 2017 - Taylor County guard David Sloan - is talking up the Shumate hiring. Playing with the St. Louis Eagles in the Nike Peach Jam, Sloan said Shumate at Western "gives them a good chance," in his recruitment.

"He's such an easy guy to get a long with," Sloan said, "We built a great relationship when he was at Tennessee and he's just a guy that's really easy to talk too. He relates to us so well."

Sloan said it was also big that Shumate was an Kentucky guy, noting he played at Murray State and is from Louisville.

"He knows how to get along with us and what it's like," Sloan said. "He's just a really good guy."

Sloan, who was born in Louisville and grew up a U of L fan, holds seven offers including WKU and Louisville. He's also been offered by Wright State, Eastern Kentucky, Samford, Tennessee and Kentucky Wesleyan.

"I'm still open right now, just looking at my options," Sloan said.

But the 5-foot-10 Sloan said he wanted to head to Bowling Green again soon for a game and to visit noting the Toppers are "going to be right there," because of his relationship with the staff.

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