WKU Basketball bringing two new faces to the program

Matthew Stewart

WKU basketball has had a consensus top-15 2017 recruiting class with the commitments of five star McDonald’s All-American center, Mitchell Robinson and four star McDonald’s AA nominee guard, Josh Anderson.

The 7-foot Robinson is averaging 25.9 points to go along with 12 boards and 5 blocks per game through 22 games this season playing for Chalmette High School in Louisiana.

Anderson is also making noise in the state of Louisiana at Madison Prep Academy. The 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 12 points, five assists and four rebounds per game through 20 games.

But Head Coach Rick Stansbury has added two newer pieces within the last week to compliment these highly coveted recruits in next year’s class.

It was announced earlier this week another low-post player will be joining arms with Robinson in the fall. This Robinson, Robinson Idehen, enrolled at WKU for the spring semester of 2017 and is expected to join the team in the fall. Idehen is a 6 foot 9 big man that held scholarship offers from Houston, Nevada and Texas Tech among others, according to Scout.com. 

The second newest addition expected to join the team next season, Miles Weber, is a walk-on guard. Miles Weber is a six foot point guard transferring from Chicago State University and is looking to join the talent pool that is shaping up to be the new face of Hilltopper basketball. Weber did not appear in a game during his time at Chicago State. Prior to taking his talents to the college level,  Weber played at the prestigious IMG academy while averaging 16 points per game.

The other scholarship players for the class of 2017 include University of Buffalo point guard transfer Lamonte Bearden and former Syracuse University commit Moustapha Diagne. Neither player is a part of the active roster right now, but both are already on the Hill.

Bearden is a true modern point guard and Diagne will further bolster the frontline of the Hilltoppers while both players will have two years of eligibility left.

The 6-foot-9 Diagne has competed at top level events such as the Jordan Brand Classic in New York. Diagne transferred to WKU from Northwest Florida State, a junior college in Niceville, Florida. 

The final scholarship player who will be wearing the red and white next season is Taveion Hollingsworth, a three-star guard from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington.

Hollingsworth, another McDonalds All-American nominee, is a Kentucky Mr. Basketball candidate this season. Last year, he led the Bulldogs to a KHSAA State Championship earning recognition as the tournament MVP award while scoring 21.5 points per game in the postseason.

Hollingsworth is averaging 26.6 points per contest through 20 games for the Bulldogs in 2016-17. He is also leading the team in rebounds, pulling in seven boards per game.

Reporter Matthew Stewart can be reached at 859-797-3140 and [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @MES_WKU22.