Point guard Kaspar signs letter of intent with WKU

Zach Greenwell

WKU has finally landed the point guard it’s been seeking.

Findlay Prep (Nev.) coach Michael Peck confirmed to the Herald Monday that guard Kevin Kaspar has signed a letter of intent to play for the Toppers.

Nick Baumgardner of the Bowling Green Daily News first reported the news.

Kaspar, listed at 6-feet, 1-inch, visited WKU on April 22 and also made visits to Northern Illinois and Fresno State, according to InsideHilltopperSports.com.

But Peck said Kaspar has a “good feel” for WKU’s campus and his relationship with fellow Topper signee Derrick Gordon.

More than anything, Peck said Kaspar was enticed by the opportunity to make an immediate impact.

Kaspar brings the Toppers some much-needed depth in the backcourt, as the only true returning scholarship point guard is junior Jamal Crook.

“What was important to him was going somewhere where he could have a chance to play right away,” Peck said. “I think at Western, it was conveyed to him that there will be that opportunity for some legitimate playing minutes right off the bat.”

Kaspar was a member of Turkey’s under-18 national team and is rated an “88” by ESPN.com and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.

“Kaspar is a tough and skilled combination guard,” says ESPN’s scouting evaluation. “He can knock down open shots with three point range and get the ball to teammates with his good feel for the game and basketball IQ. Kaspar plays with passion and does something to help his team on a consistent basis.”

Peck said Kaspar averaged seven points and three assists in his final year at Findlay, shooting 45 percent from behind the three-point arc.

“He’s a mature young man and really competitive,” Peck said. “He’s very quick and fast, and he’s coming from a program where we like to think our guys are a little bit ahead of the curve. He’s a basketball student. He watches other players and knows what comes with that position.

“He’s very coachable, he’s got a great toughness about him, and he’ll go in there to earn playing time. He’s not an entitlement guy.”

Kaspar is now the sixth member of WKU’s 2011 recruiting class. Reports have also indicated that the Toppers are pursuing Christian County guard Anthony Hickey and New York point guard Shaquille Stokes.

Both are still unsigned, with the NCAA’s Regular Signing Period ending on May 18.