Slaughter Ruled Ineligible for Toppers' First Two Games

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

Western Kentucky University men's basketball's had a roller coaster start to its season - trying to integrate a new coach (Ken McDonald) and five new players, learning one of its newcomers (Dejan Cvoro) won't be eligible for about a month, trying to overcome a variety of injuries (Japeth Aguilar's foot, Orlando Mendez-Valdez's knee) and nearly losing an exhibition game (to Division II Bellarmine).

Saturday morning, news came to make the opening of the regular season even more unstable.

Junior guard A.J. Slaughter - the team's leading returning scorer from a 2008 run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament - was ruled ineligible because he played in a summer league that wasn't sanctioned by the NCAA.

WKU athletics spokesperson Brad Fields said via telephone Saturday morning Slaughter would miss the Hilltoppers' first two games - making him eligible to return for a Nov. 22 trip to Murray State.

Slaughter averaged 7.6 points per game as a sophomore, making 44 percent of his three-point attempts. He averaged 16 points in WKU's two exhibition wins this season.

WKU lost its first game without Slaughter, a 73-64 decision at Houston that doubled as the team's season opener. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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