WKU hoops: Recruiting notes

Here are a few recruiting notes from the Western Kentucky men's basketball program. The Toppers are looking to add a couple of prospects to the Class of 2016 in the coming months.

The Western Kentucky University men's basketball staff hit the road hard this summer, scouring the country for prospects.

The Toppers currently don't have a commitment in the Class of 2016 but will add a couple of prospects in the coming months.<.p>

Here are a few notes from the program:

***Mustang, Okla., shooting guard Curtis Haywood has emerged as a top target for the Toppers in the Class of 2016. He's a 6-foot-4 prospect who played in the Nike EYBL events with the Athletes First team.

Haywood told WKUInsider that he is "working on" a visit date to get to Bowling Green.

While he has a bunch of schools on his list, Haywood said Western Kentucky is "really up there." Haywood's father, Curtis, was recruited by Western coach Ray Harper when he was at Kentucky Wesleyan. The two have remained close since then with the elder Haywood attending Oklahoma City University and later working out with Harper when he was the coach at that school.

"It's pretty crazy he's recruiting me now," the younger Haywood said.

***Also don't be shocked to see Braxton Beverly set up a Western Kentucky visit soon. The former Perry County Central point guard told WKUInsider recently that he wanted to get there for an official visit.

Beverly said he has added some interest from several new schools, including Wichita State.

***Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Elev8 Academy forward Sandro Noel has more than 10 scholarship offers, including the one he landed from WKU during the middle of July.

The 6-foot-7 Noel, who is originally from Hollywood, Fla., said he will arrive at his prep school later this month and wants to take his time in the recruiting process.

"I'm excited to be there and we play so many good games," Noel said. "I think I want to wait until at least the middle of the season to start really thinking about (the recruiting process)."

But Noel said the WKU offer does "excite" him a great deal.

"I love the style they play," he said. "I would fit in there."

***WKU has also shown some interest in 6-foot-6 '16 forward Thomas Smith from Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tenn. The Toppers watched him score 24 in a game in July and he said that's when they started calling.

"They say I really fir their style," Smith said. "I want to go watch them play because it's a good program."

***One of the 2017 targets who has turned into a top prospect for the Toppers' staff is Waggener High School guard DeVon Cooper. The 6-foot-4 Cooper has a really good summer and is starting to get a lot of attention.

Cooper holds an offer from WKU and has a close relationship with assistant coach Chris Shumate.


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