Former Kansas forward Dwight Coleby intends to transfer to Western Kentucky, he confirmed with WBKO on Saturday. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Coleby is eligible immediately this season.
“As we continue to look to add veteran leadership, we’re very excited to have Dwight join our program and family,” WKU coach Rick Stansbury said in a release. “He brings invaluable experience to our frontcourt where it is much-needed following his two years at Ole Miss and his year playing at Kansas.”
Coleby graduated from KU earlier in May and spent two seasons with the Jayhawks. He sat out the 2015-16 season by rule and used that season as his redshirt year.
In 2016-17, Coleby played in 24 games, averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds. His season high was a 12-point outing Feb. 25 at Texas.
Coleby, a native of the Bahamas, spent two seasons at Mississippi from 2013-15 where he played in 62 games. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds as a sophomore and 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds as a freshman.
The forward will have the chance to play in his native country Nov. 22-24 when WKU participates in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Paradise Island.
One of the top-ranked players in the state of Mississippi in 2013, Coleby averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds, five blocked shots and three assists for The Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Miss. He was recruited by Mississippi State and former Rick Stansbury assistant George Brooks.
Coleby’s brother, Kadeem Coleby, played at Louisiana-Lafayette and Wichita State.
Coleby will join November signees Mitchell Robinson, Josh Anderson and Taveion Hollingsworth, spring signees Jordan Brangers and Jake Ohmer and recent commitments Marek Nelson and Chris Duarte. Virginia transfer Darius Thompson, Buffalo transfer Lamonte Bearden, Austin Peay transfer Jared Savage (ineligible in 2017-18), Northwest Florida State transfer Moustpaha Diagne and 2017 enrollee Robinson Idehen will also be a part of the team along with first-year walk-on Miles Weber.
— Follow WBKO sportswriter Chad Bishop on Twitter @MrChadBishop