Western Kentucky now has a top five class in the Scout.com Class of 2017 basketball recruiting rankings; Toppers have two commitments

Western Kentucky University new basketball coach Rick Stansbury has landed two top 50 recruits in the Class of 2017. The Toppers now have a top 10 class in the Scout.com national team recruiting rankings.

Western Kentucky University new basketball coach Rick Stansbury stood in front of a group of media members in late June talking about how he was rebuilding the Toppers' program that he took over in April.

Stansbury was asked the question about going after four and five-star prospects.

And his answer was quickly: "Why not?"

"Again, I don't know what has happened in the past," Stansbury said. "But with Western Kentucky we have a great town in Bowling Green and we have a beautiful campus. It's no question a great town.

"We have a great tradition and a great program. So why can't we compete with the best? It's all about players, there's no secret to it. There's no magic dust. At the end of the year, there's one tournament. I want those guys who can help me compete in that tournament."

About two months later, Stansbury has two of those type of guys on board in the Class of 2017.

Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels broke the news tonight that the Toppers landed Baton Rouge, La., wing Josh Anderson, who is Scout's No. 50 player in the Class of 2017. He joins No. 6 ranked Mitchell Robinson, who committed in late June.

Daniels said Western Kentucky now has the No. 5 recruiting class in the country.

"But you've got to have those type of players," Stansbury said in late June. "You've got to have them."

And the Toppers are not finished with the class yet.

Western Kentucky is in the top five for four-star Katy, Tx., point guard Jay Chandler and are in the mix with former LSU commitment Cedric Russell, a three-star point guard from Alexandria, La.

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