Knight, Lee among several NBA players set to play in WKU-UK alumni game

Cole Claybourn

Shortly after announcing that former Kentucky star Josh Harrellson had agreed to participate in the Big Red vs. Big Blue alumni exhibition game on Oct. 25, former Topper Ty Rogers was ready release some more names.

Rogers on Thursday told the Herald that he has five players for each side that he’s 100 percent certain will be participating.

From the Kentucky side, those players include:

Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons; Josh Harrellson, of the New York Knicks; Brandon Stockton, 2002 Kentucky Mr. Basketball from Glasgow High School; Josh Carrier, 2001 Kentucky Mr. Basketball from Bowling Green High School; Ravi Moss, a two-year starter at UK

Rogers said Carrier and Moss are helping finalize the UK roster.

From the WKU side, participants include:

Courtney Lee of the Houston Rockets; Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz; Ty Rogers; Anthony Winchester, No. 1 in WKU history in 3-pointers; former forward Mike Wells; former forward Matt Maresca

“The major matchup that I released today is Brandon Knight vs. Courtney Lee,” Rogers said. “Those two guys have committed and I feel comfortable saying they will be there.”

Rogers said several players, including former UK star and Sacarmento Kings forward Demarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes of the Houston Rockets and former WKU forward David Boyden have given verbal commitments. 

He said he was in contact with those players as recently as Thursday night, but right now it’s just a matter of negotiating the contracts.

“Those are people that have committed to me that they are wanting to come,” he said. “These things take a lot of work. We’re working every day to make the rosters as entertaining as possible for our fans.”

All proceeds from the event will go toward Sharp Shooters Academy — Rogers’ basketball academy — and the WKU W-Club.

Tickets range from $18 to $55 and can be purchased at wkusports.com. Students can purchase tickets for $10.

“Players are subject to change due to the current landscape of the National Basketball Association,” Rogers said. “That’s just something we’re dealing with with this type of an event. But I feel super comfortable about the roster we have in place.”