Hilltoppers Receive All-Conference USA Honors

WKU basketball’s Taveion Hollingsworth points across court to a teammate after a good assist during their game against Old Dominion on March 5, 2021.

Kaden Gaylord

On Monday afternoon, Conference USA announced four WKU Hilltoppers were placed on All-Conference teams.

Junior big man Charles Bassey was named to the 2020-21 First Team All-Conference USA. Senior Taveion Hollingsworth was selected to the Second Team.

Bassey and senior Josh Anderson each earned a spot on C-USA’s All-Defensive Team.

Dayvion McKnight made the All-Freshman Team.

This is the fourth straight year that WKU has had multiple All-Conference picks, as well as the fourth year in a row with a First Team selection.

Bassey is averaging 17.6 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocks while shooting 61.1% from the field with 15 double-doubles. As of Sunday, he led the nation in dunks and ranked second in double-doubles, third in blocks per game, fourth in rebounds per game and total rebounds, fifth in total blocks and eighth in field-goal percentage.

Bassey is also a semifinalist for Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year. Bassey ranks in the top four in the country in both blocks and rebounds per game, and is the only player in the nation to even rank in the top 20 in both categories.

He’s also the only player in the nation since at least 2010 with four games in a season of at least 20 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.

Hollingsworth has been an All-Conference selection each of the last three years – Second Team this year, First Team in 2020 and Third Team in 2019.

He’s averaging 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game, and has made 96 of 113 free throws (85%). Hollingsworth has shattered the WKU record for most minutes played in a career and is closing in on the top five for all-time scoring on The Hill with 1,837 career points. He also ranks in the top 10 in several other categories.

Josh Anderson was honored for the first time as an All-Defensive Team pick.

Anderson is averaging 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per contest. He’s tied for fifth in C-USA in steals per game, and he ranks fifth in Hilltopper history with 159 career steals.

Anderson is one of 16 players in the country this season with at least 90 rebounds, 40 steals and nine blocks.

McKnight marks four straight seasons that the Hilltoppers have had an All-Freshman pick, following Jordan Rawls in 2020, Bassey in 2019 and Hollingsworth in 2018.

McKnight is averaging 5.6 points, 3.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds with 12 starts in his debut season. He’s tied for fourth in C-USA in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8-to-1) and ranks seventh in the league in assists per game.

McKnight is one of six freshmen in the country with at least 130 points, 90 assists, 85 rebounds and 20 steals. He has eight games this season with at least five assists.

After winning the East Division title, WKU will play the winner of the Charlotte and Texas San-Antonio first-round matchup Thursday at 5:30 p.m. 

C-USA will announce its specialty and individual awards Tuesday.

Men’s basketball beat reporter Kaden Gaylord can be reached at [email protected] Follow Kaden on Twitter at @_KLG3