WKU basketball to hold pro day

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Western Kentucky basketball will host a pro day to showcase its players for professional scouts at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at E.A. Diddle Arena, coach Rick Stansbury announced Wednesday.

Scouts from all National Basketball Association teams and media are welcome to attend the pro day, which will be a credentialed event and is closed to the general public.

The Hilltoppers went 27-11 in 2017-18, their most wins in 10 seasons and the most in the state of Kentucky last year, while advancing to the semifinals of the NIT for the first time since 1954.

Returning players from that team include sophomore guard Taveion Hollingsworth, the all-time leading freshman scorer in WKU history, as well as redshirt-senior guard Lamonte Bearden, redshirt-junior forward Moustapha Diagne, sophomore forward Marek Nelson and sophomore guards Josh Anderson and Jake Ohmer.

Western also added several transfers in graduate senior forward Desean Murray (formerly at Auburn), redshirt-junior forward Jared Savage (Austin Peay) and junior forward Matt Horton (Shelton State Community College).

The Hilltoppers' top-20 recruiting class includes four freshmen: Center Charles Bassey, a five-star prospect rated in the top 10 nationally, as well as forward Smith and guards Dalano Banton and Jeremiah Gambrell.

Western Kentucky has more than 20 former Hilltoppers currently playing pro ball in the United States and overseas. In Stansbury's first two seasons at WKU, all eight outgoing seniors have signed a contract to play professional basketball.