Graduate transfers eager to leave mark at WKU

Photo by Matthew Stewart/WKU Herald.

Matthew Stewart

Redshirt Senior guards Junior Lomomba and Que Johnson met with the media for the first time Thursday as Hilltoppers.

The two told the media they didn’t have much trouble choosing WKU to finish their college careers as they are both graduate transfers. 

“It was a good process,” Lomomba said. “I didn’t really know what was gonna be my next move. But after talking to coach Stansbury it’s pretty obvious that I was coming here and that I was trying to finish with a blast.”

The coaching staff that Stansbury put together is proving to have an impact on the players even before the start of the season.

Johnson also said that the assistant coaches have helped him with things on and off the court.

“It wasn’t a hard decision for me with the coaching staff,” Johnson said.

The two guards bring a lot of experience to the Hilltopper team. Johnson averaged 11.3 points per game last season with Washington State University while playing 25.6 minutes per contest.

Lomomba started 34 of 36 games for the Providence College Friars this past season, who made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina.

Not only does Lomomba have NCAA tournament experience, but he has also played with Kris Dunn who was the fifth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Playing alongside Dunn will likely help Junior in the transition to the point guard position for the Tops.

“Kris Dunn is one of the greats to come through that program,” Lomomba said. “We had guys like Bryce Cotton coming in there and just teaching me a lot, these past few years have been a learning process for me. And obviously with Kris being my roommate, just learning a lot.”

Lomomba is looking forward to taking on the role of floor general for the Toppers this season.

“Just coming in here and being able to recreate myself,” Lomomba said. “Making the transition to the point guard position, that can only help make me a better player down the long run.”

Lomomba and Johnson have already cultivated a solid relationship with one another. They are both in similar situations; coming to the Hill for their final seasons will bring them even closer together.

The two redshirt seniors spent some time together earlier this summer at the John Lucas Basketball Camp in Houston, Texas.

“At the John Lucas camp it was a great time, lot of hard work, going two, three times a day,” Lomomba said. “Just being away from the school and getting to know Que and Ben on a personal level.”

Johnson has faith in Junior to lead the team to a successful season.

“He brings toughness, leadership. He’s the point guard, the leader on the floor, the coach on the floor,” Johnson said.

Que and Junior are also liking what they are seeing from the rest of the team.

“I’ve met everybody and the bonding is pretty good,” Lomomba said. “Everybody gets along, everybody is willing to put in extra time and put in work.”

“We all share the same vision; we all want the same thing,” Johnson said. “We all want to win. We’re big, everybody has long wingspans. We are going to be a great rebounding team.”

The two veterans are eager to get on the court and go to work under Coach Stansbury who has made it clear that this is not a rebuilding year.

“He talks about bringing Championship effort right now this year, so that’s what me and Junior want to bring, especially with it being our last year,” Johnson said.