WKU basketball continues to make noise with latest recruiting coup

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Rick Stansbury & Co. continue to turn heads in the college basketball world.

On Tuesday, the first-year Western Kentucky coach received a verbal commitment from Josh Anderson, a four-star shooting guard out of Baton Rouge, La. Anderson is the second major prospect to pledge his services to WKU for the 2017-18 season.

Western now has the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the nation according to Scout.com and 11th-ranked class overall by 247sports.com. Five-star center Mitchell Robinson of Chalmette, La., committed in June.

Anderson (6-4, 180) averaged 18.1 points, 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds as a junior at Madison Prep Academy. He reportedly has scholarship offers from WKU, Louisiana State, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Texas A&M and North Carolina State, among others.

He's considered the best player in the state of Louisiana by Scout and 247 and the third-best player in his state by ESPN. Rivals ranks Anderson as the 43rd-best player nationally while Scout ranks him 50th, 247sports ranks him 52nd and ESPN ranks him 72nd.

Anderson's high school coach, Jeff Jones, told Scout.com that WKU assistant coaches Quannas White and Shammond Williams – both who spent last season at Tulane in New Orleans – had withstanding relationships with Anderson. White was with the AAU program the Louisiana Dynasty for eight years, a program that consistently competed against Anderson’s Louisiana Elite.

Williams is the godfather of Robinson, a 7-foot, 200-pound senior at Chalmette High School. Robinson had previously committed to Texas A&M where Stansbury was an assistant last season.

If Anderson and Robinson do sign a letter of intent – the NCAA’s signing period for Division I basketball runs from Nov. 9-16 – they’ll join Buffalo transfer guard Lamonte Bearden and former Syracuse signee and Northwest Florida State transfer center Moustapha Diagne as part of the 2017-18 lineup.

— Follow WBKO sportswriter Chad Bishop on Twitter @MrChadBishop