Several Western Kentucky recruits were in action on Thursday at AAU Nationals, with Topper coaches on-hand to watch.
Here's a recap with everything WKU fans need to know from Day 1.
Aric Holman--Coaches from WKU's staff were in-attendance for both of Holman's games today. He had a quiet day, but showed flashes of why his recruitment has added steam. A particular sequence against ACB/Bank Hoops--putting the ball on the floor from the top of the key, taking a couple long strides to the rim and finishing with his left-hand, then blocking a shot on the following defensive possession--had coaches raving. Besides the handful of yearly dominant big men, most are recruited based off potential, and a few sequences like that showed why an otherwise quiet Holman has more suitors now. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino watched Holman play multiple times on Thursday, among others, even though the Cardinals already added a commitment from Trinity power forward Raymond Spalding. Holman finished with 15 points on 6-for-15 shooting, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the two combined games we watched.
Bronson Kessinger--David Boyden and Lawrence Brenneman attended Kessinger's game against the Travelers. He had a solid outing, including 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting (3-for-4 free throws,) 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal and 1 assist. Video highlights from his game will be posted online by Saturday night. Kessinger plans to evaluate finalists for his recruitment sometime soon after July, taking his visits before signing in the NCAA's fall signing period. WKU is considered the clubhouse favorite.
David Sloan--2017 point guard, who already holds a WKU offer, was the most pleasent surprise of the day. He showed a tremendous feel for the game beyond his years, making correct plays at a high rate, both scoring off-the-drive and dishing to teammates. After performing well in his morning game with Boyden watching, WKU went two-deep with both Boyden and Brenneman at Sloan's afternoon game. We talked with Sloan's guardian, Richard Gatewood, about the 2017 prospect's recruitment to WKU, and will have more from that conversation posted over the weekend.
Seth Dugan--2015 center with a WKU offer didn't play well against Hoop Dreams, but his physical measurements looked promising. He finished 0-for-6 from the field with 4 turnovers, but did add 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. He already holds an Xavier offer among others, and an Xavier assistant was there watching him in the Hoop Dreams matchup, as well as Boyden.
Braxton Beverly--Beverly was saddled with foul trouble in the game against Grassroots Indiana, finishing with only 2 points on 1-for-5 shooting, also adding 2 assists. Beverly told WKUInsider that he hasn't received any new recent offers, but has added interest from a lot of programs. His full comments will be posted this weekend.
Clayton Hughes--2016 forward received a WKU offer at Elite Camp. Coaches from Virginia have expressed strong interest in him, and were there watching him today against Team Power. Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss' head coach, was also in-attendance, and extended Hughes an offer this afternoon. The rising junior finished with only 5 points on 1-for-5 field goals in the game we saw, also adding 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. His lone bucket was an impressive one though, catching a pass thrown too high for him on the left wing, bringing it down and taking one dribble, before pulling up and sinking a deep midrange jumper.
Eli Wright--Coaches from WKU's staff were in-attendance for both of Wright's games today. We only caught a few minutes of his action, since he played with the Hoop Dreams' 16's, but his athleticism was clear. Wright holds several high major offers already, including one from Indiana among others.
Stay tuned Friday and throughout the weekend for more AAU Nationals updates from WKUInsider.