While most in the Bluegrass State were enjoying the excitement and pageantry surrounding the 142nd Kentucky Derby, new WKU head coach Rick Stansbury was kept busy restocking the Hilltoppers roster. The weekend began with just one member - three-star guard T.J. Howard - in the incoming class, but it grew to four strong by Monday afternoon.
The windfall began on Friday with the commitment of point guard Damari Parris of Charlotte (N.C.) Evelyn Mack Academy. A pair of graduate transfers followed in the coming days. Former Washington State guard Que Johnson announced his transfer to WKU on Saturday, while Providence guard Junior Lomomba committed to the Hilltoppers on Monday morning.
The 6-foot-2 Parris, who averaged 24 points and eight assists per game for Mack Academy last season, picked up a scholarship offer from WKU during the evaluation period. He pledged to the Hilltoppers over offers from Fordham and North Carolina A&T, along with growing interest from others including Wichita State and East Carolina.
Johnson, a 6-foot-5 guard, is eligible to play right away for WKU. He appeared in 31 games, starting three, at Washington State last season averaging 11.3 points per game. His 40 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc led WSU in 2015-16.
Providence guard Junior Lomomba became the third commitment from Stansbury when he announced his intention to transfer to The Hill on Monday. The 6-foot-5 guard, also eligible to play right away, started 34 of 35 games in 2015-16, averaging 5.3 points per outing.