WKU has open scholarship; walk-ons possible for this season

WKU has open scholarship; walk-ons possible for this season

Jonathan Lintner

WKU Head Coach Ken McDonald said on Tuesday that he doesn’t plan to fill the final scholarship available to him for the upcoming basketball season.

McDonald, who said last April at the men’s basketball banquet that he expects to see eight fresh faces on the court this season, stuck to just the seven on WKU’s current roster Tuesday.

And as the roster stayed the same, so did McDonald’s stance that recruiting doesn’t stop just because school starts. The plan for right now, McDonald said, is to leave the scholarship open and use it for the 2011 recruiting class.

“But you never know,” he quipped.

McDonald adds transfers Juan Patillo and Teeng Akol along with junior college transfers Ken Brown and Kahlil McDonald. Those four add on to the freshman class of Stephon Drane, Kene Anyigbo and Brandon Peters, who each signed last November.

McDonald also said he’s waiting on compliance and open tryouts to potentialls add a couple of walk-ons to this season’s squad.

“Walk-ons we’re going to figure out here the next few weeks,” he said. “We have some preferred walk-ons — guys that we know a little bit more than the average student body.”