Hilltoppers lose 62-56 to Old Dominion in C-USA Championship

Western Kentucky center Charles Bassey (right) grabs a rebound during WKU’s 62-56 loss to Old Dominion on March 16 in the Conference USA Tournament championshp at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

For the second straight year, Western Kentucky men’s basketball will host a Pro Day to showcase its players for NBA scouts at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at E.A. Diddle Arena, head coach Rick Stansbury said Friday.

Scouts from all NBA teams and media are welcome to attend the Pro Day, which will be a credentialed event and is closed to the general public.

WKU hosted the first official Pro Day in program history at Diddle Arena last season, drawing more than 20 NBA scouts from nearly as many teams to Bowling Green.

The Hilltoppers caught the attention of the NBA often in 2018-19, with 350-plus scout visits home and away, including as many as 40 at once. They routinely drew double-digit scouts for home games.

WKU is 7-3 against the Power Five in the past two seasons and has won 47 total games over that span. The Hilltoppers return four starters from a 2018-19 squad that won 20 games and advanced to the Conference USA championship game for the second straight year.

Those starters include sophomore center Charles Bassey, the reigning Conference USA Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year. Bassey, who entered the 2019 NBA Draft without an agent before withdrawing and returning to school, was recently named a Preseason First Team All-American by Lindy’s Sports and Street & Smith’s Basketball Yearbook. He was also a top-five finalist for the 2019 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year award.

Also returning are junior guard Taveion Hollingsworth – an All-C-USA Third Team selection a year ago – along with redshirt senior guard/forward Jared Savage and junior guard Josh Anderson. Senior forward Matt Horton and redshirt freshman guard Jeremiah Gambrell are back from last year’s team as well.

Entering the fold this season are several transfers, including graduate senior guard Camron Justice from IUPUI, senior guard Kenny Cooper from Lipscomb, redshirt junior forward Carson Williams from Northern Kentucky and redshirt junior guards Eli Wright from St. John’s and Patrick Murphy from Martin Methodist College.

The Hilltoppers have also added three freshmen in guards Jordan Rawls and Jackson Harlan, as well as forward Isaiah Cozart.

​— Follow WKU athletics beat writer Elliott Pratt on Twitter @EPrattBGDN or visit bgdailynews.com.

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