WKU hoops offers galore

WKUInsider takes a look at the offers the Western Kentucky University basketball staff sent out this weekend. The staff was out and about in Augusta, Atlanta and St. Louis and offered at least 10 prospects. Here's a look:

Western Kentucky coach Ray Harper and his staff spent the first evaluation period of the summer in Atlanta, Augusta and St. Louis watching a ton of prospects from the Class of 2016, '17 and '18.

The Toppers have the same top '16 targets - Quentin Goodin, Eli Wright and Braxton Beverly along with Curtis Haywood. The staff saw every game the four of those prospects played.

But the staff also saw some other prospects and sent out a bunch of offers.

WKU offered three players on the Alabama Challenge team that was the runner-up in the Best of the South Tournament 17s Gold Bracket. The Challenge lost to All-Ohio Red.

The Toppers offered 2017 forward Lance Thomas of Norcross, Ga., along with 2016 forward Justin Hopkins of Huntsville, Ala., J.O. Johnson and '16 forward Jacob Winston from Montgomery, Ala., Catholic.

Winston, who had been in the Class of 2015 before he reclassified, also has offers from Samford and Tennessee Tech.

The 6-foot-4 Hopkins helped J.O. Johnson to the 5-A state title last season. He already also has offers from Samford, Middle Tennessee, Murray Sate, Mercer and Tennessee Tech. He averaged 16.5 points a game last season.

Thomas already has offers from North Florida, Florida International, Middle Tennessee and Kennesaw State among others, while also garnering interest from Georgia State and Florida State.

On Saturday, WKU offered Hollywood, Fla., 2016 small forward Sandro Noel. The 6-foot-7 Noel wil lplay at Elev8 Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this season and also has offers from Illinois State, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern UNC-Wilmington and others.

And also on Saturday, Harper and assistant coach Shawn Forrest watched the WACG 16s teams at the Nike EYBL Finals. The team, which lost in the semifinals, had all five starters offered by the Toppers.

One of those offers went to perhaps the No. 1 2018 player in the country - Marvin Bagley, who already also has offers from Kentucky and Duke among a host of others. The 6-11 Bagley is from Tuscon, Ariz.

WKU also offered 2018 guards Darius Garland and Camron Johnson, 2019 center Francis Okoro and '19 guard Tyger Campbell.

The Toppers also offered one of the top 2017 prospects in Kentucky - Christian County's Jaylen Sebree. He is a 6-foot-5 small forward who played last season at University Heights.

There will likely be more and we will keep you posted.


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