The Daily News

The latest twist to Ray Harper’s recruiting efforts comes in the form of Payton Hulsey.

Originally a Lipscomb signee who was released from his letter of intent after coach Scott Sanderson resigned in April, Hulsey is expected to visit campus Friday, then announce soon after where he’ll sign to play starting this fall. He also visited Northern Arizona and has garnered interest from Tulane and High Point.

Hulsey is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard from Southwind High in Memphis, Tenn. On March 16, he helped SHS to a Class 3A state title by recording 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in a 76-53 win over Dyer County in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Hulsey told the Daily News via text message that he plans to make a commitment and signing to the school of his choice as early as next week.

Harper has three players signed for the 2013-14 season in center Alasanne Kah of Fishburne Military Academy, forward Aaron Adeoye of John A. Logan College (Ill.) and center Daouda Soumaoro of Iowa Western Community College. Chris Harrison-Docks (Butler) and Trency Jackson (Texas Tech) have already transferred into the program and enrolled at WKU in January.

Shooting guard Fredrick Edmond has given a verbal commitment to WKU, but has not signed a letter of intent. Also, guard Brandon Price of John Hardin High School intends to join the program as a walk-on.

Forwards Kene Anyigbo, Stephon Drane and Eddie Alcantara have already transferred out of the program this spring.

The NCAA Division I basketball signing period ends May 15.

— Chad Bishop covers Western Kentucky University athletics for the Bowling Green Daily News. Follow him at or visit

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