WKU Recruiting Notebook: April 19

WKU Recruiting Notebook: April 19

Read inside for the latest up-to-the-minute information on WKU basketball recruiting targets.

Fredrick Edmond commits, likely ineligible till 2014-15'.

Rashard Kelly is still wide open, hearing from WKU.

Aaron Adeoye visiting, Abell and Black still in the mix.



Here's the latest WKUInsider up-to-the-minute information on WKU basketball targets.


Edmond makes it official

6-foot-4 guard Fredrick Edmond made his "commitment" to Western Kentucky official today.

Edmond averaged 34 points per game (link) at Kingdom Prep this season, and his skillset has drawn many comparisons to former Hilltopper/current Boston Celtic Courtney Lee.

But it may be a while before WKU fans see Edmond on the floor.

The 6-foot-4 guard still hasn't been declared academically eligible by the NCAA, and sources indicate he will likely not be cleared to play until the 2014-15' season.

"It feels good to finally be committed to a school," Edmond said. "I'mma need a lot of support because I need for my NCAA stuff to go through so I can play this year."

If he is not declared eligible for the 2013-14' season, there is still a chance Edmond could practice with the team, depending on a waiver form WKU would file with the NCAA.

The case is similar to the one of Arizona State's Jahii Carson in 2011.

According to the NCAA.org article, Edmond's waiver could result in a few different options for the student-athlete.

"While Carson began the fall 2011 semester as a student at Arizona State, the NCAA was examining his initial eligibility waiver," the article states. "When prospective student-athletes are listed as non-qualifiers, their institutions can choose to file that waiver to the NCAA on behalf of the student.

"Ultimately, the NCAA staff can come to one of four distinct decisions regarding initial eligibility waivers. Two of the options are simple to understand: The waiver can be fully approved, granting the student-athlete the ability to receive aid, practice, and play immediately. Or it can be denied. Between those two poles is a middle ground. One result allows the student-athlete to receive athletically related financial aid, though they cannot practice or play with the team. Finally, there is the decision that was made regarding Carson, which involves the receipt of aid and inclusion on the team in every function except competition during the first year."


Frontcourt depth wanted

With Hilltopper forward Stephon Drane seeking a transfer (link) to another program, WKU coaches are in pursuit of additional frontcourt depth.

One potential option is 6-foot-7 small forward Rashard Kelly.

The Class of 2013 prospect claims offers from Seton Hall, George Mason, Tulane, Delaware, Towson and Georgia Southern, in addition to interest from WKU.

Kelly said WKU has not offered yet, but he talks to WKU assistant coach David Boyden regularly.

"He (Boyden) checks up on me just to ask how things are going," Kelly said. "Sends me things about WKU to keep me informed."

After an official visit to Boston College in December, and unofficial visits to Virginia Tech, Delaware and George Mason, Kelly said he has a visit scheduled to Seton Hall on April 30.

He doesn't have a visit scheduled to WKU at this time, but said he's interested in taking one.

Kelly has no timetable set for a commitment or signing date.

Third-team junior college All-American Aaron Adeoye is visiting WKU's campus this weekend, and should be the only target on campus.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 14.3 points per game as John A. Logan College on 49 percent shooting, also contributing 8 rebounds a game.

Adeoye transferred to John A. Logan after his freshman season at Ball State, where he garnered All Mid-American Conference freshman team honors.

WKU is also in the mix for 6-foot-10 center Daouda Soumaoro, who is taking an official visit to Nevada this weekend after visiting WKU over the April 12 weekend.

For more on Soumaoro and Nevada, check out this article on RJG.com.


More transfers still possible

Transfers Chris Harrison-Docks (Butler) and Trency Jackson (Texas Tech) may not be the only transfers the Hilltoppers add in 2013.

Sources indicate that both Remy Abell (Indiana) and Tarik Black (Memphis) are considering a transfer to WKU, and have been in communication with Hilltopper coaches.

Abell hasn't returned multiple contact attempts from WKUInsider, while Black declined to do any interviews during his transfer process.

Dozens of schools have been in contact with Black, including Duke, Kansas and Minnesota, while it is still unknown what schools Abell is considering at this time.

Black, a former four-star forward, is transferring from Memphis as a grad student, and thus will be able to play immediately for his new program.

Abell, should he transfer to a Division 1 program, will have to sit out a season.

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