WKU announces Morton will be new assistant men’s basketball coach

Cole Claybourn

While Head Coach Ken McDonald was busy filling out his recruiting class for next season, he didn’t forget about filling a void in his coaching staff.

McDonald on Tuesday announced the addition of Jake Morton as the new assistant men’s basketball coach, filling a spot that was left open when Allen Edwards departed six weeks ago to become an assistant coach at Wyoming.

“I’m very excited to be here at WKU, and I am really looking forward to getting off to a good start,” Morton said in an official release. “This time of the year is all about recruiting and getting ready for July, and I’m very excited about what I see with the spirit of this team.”

Morton spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Miami where he played from 1988-1993.

Prior to becoming an assistant at Miami, Morton spent the 1999-2000 season as an assistant at Bowie State before becoming an assistant at St. Francis (Pa.) from 2000-2004.

From 2005-2007, he served as an assistant at James Madison.

Morton also played professionally in Israel for six years following his career at Miami.

McDonald said he and Morton have known each “for a while.”

“Jake brings many years of Division I coaching experience,” McDonald said in a release. “We are very fortunate to have that experience both in recruiting and coaching at a high level.”

In other men’s basketball news, WKU Athletic Media Relations told the Herald that the school can’t comment on recent commit, 6-foot-7 forward O’Karo Akamune, until he attends class.

Since Akamune committed after the signing period, there was no formal National Letter of Intent. Coaches aren’t allowed to comment on unsigned players.