“After multiple discussions with Kene and Eddie about their basketball futures, we have come to the decision that it is in the best interests of both of them to continue their playing careers elsewhere," WKU men's basketball coach Ray Harper said in a statement. "We thank them for their contributions to our program, and our doors will remain open to help them with the next step."
BOWLING GREEN, Ky - WKU announced the departures of men's basketball players Kene Anyigbo and Eddie Alcantara Saturday afternoon.
“After multiple discussions with Kene and Eddie about their basketball futures, we have come to the decision that it is in the best interests of both of them to continue their playing careers elsewhere," said WKU men's basketball coach Ray Harper in a statement. "We thank them for their contributions to our program, and our doors will remain open to help them with the next step."
Anyigbo played in 29 games for the Hilltoppers last season, averaging 1.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 8.9 minutes per game. Last month, Anyigbo was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and tampering with physical evidence following a traffic stop. This week, he pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service.
“Kene has been a joy to coach the last three seasons. His commitment to our program did not go unnoticed by his teammates, and his work ethic will help him be successful in his next step in basketball and in life," said Harper.
Alcantara's time on the court last season was limited due to injury. He only played in ten games and started one. He averaged 1.6 points and 5.6 minutes per game. His best game was against the eventual national champion Louisville. Alcantara finished with eleven points and six rebounds against the Cardinals.
"I believe that Eddie’s best days on the court are ahead of him. His injury last season limited him, but he is one of the nicest kids I have ever had the privilege of coaching," said Harper.
Anyigbo and Alcantara join forward Stephon Drane as offseason transfers.
The Hilltoppers recently signed JUCO transfers Aaron Adeoye (John A. Logan College) and Daouda Soumaoro (Iowa Western College). Both are post players and should give WKU depth behind junior-to-be George Fant and Aleksejs Rostov.
"Adding Aaron and Daouda will help with our depth in the front court," Harper said last month. "They are both high-character kids and great students, and they are both everything we are looking for on and off the court. Even though they are both big guys, they are different types of players which will help the look of next season's roster."
Earlier this week, John Hardin point guard Brandon Price committed to WKU as a preferred walk-on. Price averaged 17.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest his senior season with the Bulldogs, leading them to the KHSAA state quarterfinals. He was also named second team All-State by the Louisville Courier-Journal.