The latest WKU men's basketball player will add some international flair to the roster.
Ben Lawson, a 6’11’’ forward, will have four years of eligibility at WKU beginning this fall. Lawson is a native of Hitchen, England and was a member of the England 18 and under national team.
Over 31 games for Oaklands College in Great Britain last season, Lawson averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, and nearly five blocked shots a game. The big man can also shoot it from outside, hitting 40 percent of his three-point attempts last season at Oaklands.
Lawson is the fifth new addition to the WKU roster who will be eligible for the upcoming season.
Lawson joins Aaron Adeoye (6-7, forward, Marion, Ill.), Chris Harrison-Docks (6-0, guard, Okemos, Mich.), Payton Hulsey (6-5, guard, Memphis, Tenn.), Trency Jackson (6-2, guard, Jackson, Miss.) and Daouda Soumaoro (6-9, center, Mali) as newcomers to the Hilltopper roster in 2013-14.
The Kentucky Wildcats are making it clear they want pay-back for last year’s football loss to the WKU Hilltoppers. Several UK players talked about the season-opener for both teams at Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference Media Days event in Hoover, Alabama.
To hear several Kentucky Wildcat football players tell it, the WKU Hilltoppers were disrespectful following last season’s 32-31 overtime win at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
Wildcats running back Raymond Sanders said the team was looking forward to the season-opener for both schools. The Courier-Journal quoted Sanders as saying the Toppers “were pretty disrespectful on our field—and disrespectful with some tweets and Facebook and some stuff. After the game, jumping and stomping on the field. It’s our field. You gotta take pride in that.”
After last year’s win at Kentucky, then-WKU head coach Willie Taggart said WKU red was the “new blue” in Kentucky.
It’s not uncommon for college coaching staffs to send scores of letters to top high school prospects they are recruiting.
If the number of letters sent by Kentucky coaches to one Hardin County prospect is any indication, the Wildcats REALLY want to land the services of the 360-pound defensive tackle.
The Courier-Journal reports John Hardin’s Matt Elam received 182 recruiting letters from UK Monday. Elam said he was home when the mail carrier called him out to her truck to see the crate of letters the school had sent him.
Elam is storing all of his college recruitment letters in his size 16 shoe boxes. So far he’s filled up ten and he says the 182 letters Kentucky yesterday will take up half of an eleventh box.
Elam is also being recruiting by Louisville, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.
Former WKU swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue made the U.S. team for the 2013 FINA World Championships after coming in second Thursday night in the 100 meter butterfly at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis.
Donahue finished at 58.32 behind Dana Vollmer's 57.53. The top two finshers in the 100 fly advanced to the World Championships July 28-August 4 in Barcelona, Spain. Donahue led Vollmer at the halfway turn by 0.09 seconds, but Vollmer pulled ahead in the back half to record the third-fastest time in the world this year.
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals both had first round picks in the NBA draft Thursday night.
Former Wildcat Nerlens Noel was picked sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and Archie Goodwin was picked 29th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Following their picks, each player was involved in a proposed trade, with Noel going to Philadelphia and Goodwin to Phoenix.
Former Louisville Cardinal Gorgui Dieng was taken by the Utah Jazz with the 21st overall pick and then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Peyton Siva was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the second round with the 56th overall pick.
It marks the fourth consecutive NBA draft that Kentucky was represented by multiple players in the first round of the draft. Dieng is the first Cardinal to go in the first round in four years.