WKU men’s basketball signs Sprewell

Head coach Ray Harper and the Topper’s bench argue for a penalty against South Alabama during the second half of WKU’s 69-62 loss against South Alabama on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky.(Mike Clark/HERALD)

Herald Sports Staff

The WKU men’s basketball program announced the signing of Ayinde Sprewell to the 2014-15 Topper basketball team.

Sprewell, a 6-foot-3-inch guard from Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla., will enter as a junior after averaging 15.1 points and eight rebounds per game during the 2013-14 season. The Orlando, Fla. native shot 52.9 percent from the floor and 47.4 percent from three-point range.

Sprewell joins freshmen Derrick Clayton, Jordan Green, Justin Johnson and Avery Patterson as the 2014 WKU signing class.


Clayton, Johnson and Patterson signed early with WKU last fall.

Clayton, a 6-foot-5-inch guard from Castro Valley, Calif., played his senior year of high school at Elev8 Sports Academy in Orlando, Fla. and is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7-inch forward from Perry County Central High School in Hazard, committed to WKU in October and was named a Second-team All-State player averaging 16.3 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior. Johnson is rated a three-star athlete by Rivals.com, and was recently named to the Kentucky All-Star Team.

Patterson is a 6-foot-2-inch guard from Decatur, Ga. Patterson attended Wheeler High School, the same school as current redshirt junior forward Nigel Snipes.

WKU recently added Jordan Green from Henry Clay High School in Lexington as the latest freshman to join the Toppers.

Green, a 6-foot-5-inch forward, averaged 20.2 points and 7.6 rebounds as a senior during the 2013-14 season.  Green finished his prep career as the Blue Devils’ second in career scoring with 1,719 points. Green is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and joins Johnson as a member of the Kentucky All-Star Team.

WKU graduates senior guards Caden Dickerson and Brandon Harris and forward O’Karo Akamune.

Junior Aaron Adeoye and freshman Payton Hulsey will transfer from the program, Adeoye transferring to Southern Illinois University.

The regular signing period runs through May 21.