WKU men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury reacts during WKU's game vs. Florida Atlantic in E.A. Diddle Arena on Thursday Feb. 8, 2018. WKU beat Florida Atlantic 75-63.

The WKU men’s basketball team added another piece to the puzzle that is the 2019-20 roster.

The program announced the signing of point guard Kenny Cooper on Wednesday morning. Cooper played three years at Lipscomb University in Nashville and heads to WKU with a year of eligibility left.

Although he is not a graduate transfer, Cooper will attempt to secure a waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play in the upcoming season.

Head coach Rick Stansbury said that he is excited to bring a tough, experienced player to WKU.

“We’re excited to have Kenny join our program,” Stansbury said in a press release. “He’s a high-character young man from a great family. He has the valuable ability to make players around him better, and he’ll bring a wealth of experience and toughness to our team.”

The Nashville native played in 100 games over three seasons with the Bison, starting in 67 of them. Over his career, Cooper averaged 8.9 points per game with 381 assists.

Cooper played in the NCAA tournament as a sophomore, losing to North Carolina in the first round. Last season, Cooper was a part of a 29-win Lipscomb team that won the 2019 Atlantic Sun regular season and made it to the NIT Championship game.

Should Cooper secure the waiver and become eligible to play in 2019-20, Stansbury is guaranteed to have big game experience at the point guard position.

Reporter Alec Jessie can be reached at 270-745-6291 and alec.jessie226@topper.wku.edu. Follow Alec on Twitter at @Alec_Jessie.

Alec Jessie is a football reporter for the College Heights Herald. He previously covered the Basketball team.