The Western Kentucky basketball team has just taken a huge step forward.
The No. 3 prospect in the 2019 class, Charles Bassey, has just committed to the Hilltoppers. The best part is, Bassey will reclassify to the 2018 class, making him immediately eligible to play in the upcoming season.
Top-five prospect Charles Bassey has committed to Western Kentucky and will reclassify into 2018, source confirmed to ESPN. Massive coup for Rick Stansbury.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 13, 2018
The 6-10 Nigeria native played at Aspire Academy last season where he averaged 19.4 PPG and 12.8 RPG.
Bassey is now the second top-prospect center that head coach Rick Stansbury has recruited in the past two years. Last season, Mitchell Robinson was recruited to WKU before he stopped playing college basketball altogether and entered the NBA Draft.
Now, Stansbury has the chance to lead his team to another historic season. Last year, the Hilltoppers made it to the Final Four of the NIT and only lost by one point to Marshall in the Conference USA championship game. That was without 5-star Robinson. The addition of the big man Bassey for the 2018 season will make WKU serious contenders.
As I always say, the smart money is on Rick Stansbury in recruiting.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 13, 2018
Bassey surprisingly picked WKU despite having offers from high-profile programs like Kansas, LSU, and Louisville. Let's hope that Bassey will stay with the Hilltoppers longer than Mitchell did, and raise this program to the limelight.
With his talent, anything's possible.
Stansbury said of Bassey in a press conference, "We're excited about the talent of basketball player he is, but most importantly, the type of person and student he is."
We've got a new member in the WKU family. Hilltopper Nation, please help us welcome five-star center Charles Bassey, who will reclassify and join the Tops in the 2018 class! #GoTopshttps://t.co/ww90KMHDU9 pic.twitter.com/WgfqWpACEB— WKU Basketball (@WKUBasketball) June 13, 2018
Look out for Charles Bassey and Western Kentucky this season.