Hilltoppers officially add Jordan Rawls to 2019 class

Head coach Rick Stansbury passes the ball to begin a drill while WKU hosts its first basketball pro day Thursday in Diddle Arena. Stansbury is entering into his third season as head coach at WKU. 

Drake Kizer

WKU basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced the signing of four-star guard Jordan Rawls in the program’s 2019 recruiting class Thursday.

The 6-foot-2 guard was originally a member of the 2020 class, but Rawls has officially reclassified to 2019 and will join the Hilltoppers this summer.

“We’re glad to finally have Jordan join our family,” Stansbury said in a press release. “He brings a high skill level to our team, and there’s no question he has tremendous upside. I’ve known his father for a good portion of my life, so I know what kind of family he comes from.

“He has a terrific father and mother, and we’re excited to have him in our program.”

Rawls originally announced his intention to reclassify to 2019 on April 20, but backtracked a day later and clarified he was a WKU “commit for the class of 2020” and would “revisit” his options “later in the summer.”

After his AAU team mentioned his reclassification on May 28, Rawls said he’s “19 now” in an Instagram story posted June 2.

Rawls is rated a four-star prospect by both 247Sports and Rivals. Prior to his reclassification to the 2019 class, 247Sports ranked him as the No. 80 player in the country in the Class of 2020.

Rawls averaged 23 points and seven assists per game last season for Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The guard led the Hawks to the National Association of Christian Athletics Division I national championship and a 34-4 record. Rawls scored 22 points in the title game. The sharpshooter had another game where he made nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 38 points.

Rawls also played on the AAU circuit for Team Thad this spring, averaging 11.9 points per game. Rawls shot 47.6% from the field and 34.9% from 3-point range.

Rawls’ father — Keith Rawls — was a standout at Austin Peay in the late 80s and played guard under Stansbury, who was an assistant for the Governors at the time.

WKU’s backcourt got a little more crowded with the addition of Rawls, as the highly touted recruit joins a Hilltoppers roster that already welcomed coveted transfers Kenny Cooper and Camron Justice in addition to freshman Jackson Harlan.

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