Western Kentucky men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury announced Thursday the signing of 6-foot-5 guard Elijah Hughey in the 2021 class.

“We’re excited to have Elijah join our family,” Stansbury said in a news release. “He’ll be playing for one of the top programs in Texas this year under Coach Ferrin Douglas, and also he’s played for one of the better AAU coaches in the state of Texas in Darius Coleman. What stands out about him is his ability to shoot and score the basketball. He brings a great work ethic and toughness to your program that’s been instilled in him by his family.”

Hughey has transferred to Lancaster (Texas) High School for his senior season after competing last year for West Mesquite High School. Lancaster is projected as the top team in the state entering the season.

Hughey averaged 17 points and five rebounds per game last season on his way to being a First-Team All-District 13-5A selection.

He had a breakout summer competing for the Lone Star Elite AAU program and is considered one of the top Texas guard prospects in the 2021 class.

Lady Tops’ Elgedawy tabbed

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After being named to the Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year watch list a day ago, Western Kentucky women’s basketball forward Raneem Elgedawy added to her accolades as a Katrina McClain Award candidate, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Thursday.

The award is given to the top NCAA Division I power forward.

The watch list features 20 players from around the country. A national committee of college basketball personnel determined the list.

The award is partly based on fan voting, meaning fans will be able to vote for the player they feel is deserving and that will be calculated in with the committee’s selection. The list of 20 candidates will narrow to 10 in February, then to five in early March and the winner will be announced on April 9, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five.

Elgedawy enjoyed a stellar season in 2019-20, averaging a double-double with 17.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest. She was named to the All-Conference USA First Team for her efforts.

Elgedawy recorded a double-double in 17 of WKU’s 29 games last season, tying for the sixth most by a Lady Topper in program history. Her 28 career double-doubles is tied for the seventh-most in school history.

The Alexandria, Egypt native is currently in her home country and could rejoin the Lady Toppers at a later time.

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