Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WKU Adds Two Walk-ons, Coordinator of Player Development

Western Kentucky University has added two freshmen walk-ons and former Big East Player of the Year Ben Hansbrough to the staff. 

The Hilltoppers have added Keifer Dalton (Clinton County High School) and Dylan Sanford (Owensboro High School) to the roster for 2015-16.

Hansbrough will join the basketball staff as Coordiantor of Player Development.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Hilltopper Basketball head coach Ray Harper announced Monday the additions of Kentucky natives Keifer Dalton and Dylan Sanford to the roster for the upcoming 2015-16 season and Ben Hansbrough to the program's staff as Coordinator of Player Development.

Dalton prepped at Clinton County High School in Albany, Ky., and Sanford played high school basketball at Owensboro High School in Owensboro, Ky. Both will be freshmen walk-ons on the WKU roster this season.

"Keifer and Dylan are high-character people both on and off the court," Harper said. "They both had extremely successful high school careers, and as local kids they understand the history and tradition of WKU Basketball and what it means to put on the uniform every day. I am excited to have them in our program."

Dalton, a guard, averaged 17.8 points, five assists and three steals per game as a senior at Clinton County in 2014-15, and he finished his career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,158 career points. He is also the school's career leader in assists (602), steals (362), field goals and free throws, and he grabbed over 500 career rebounds.

Sanford, a guard, was a member of Owensboro's state championship team as a senior in 2014-15, and he averaged nine points per game and shot 42 percent from three-point range. He scored 21 points in Owensboro's state championship win.

Hansbrough Added to Staff: Former BIG EAST Player of the Year and professional basketball player Ben Hansbrough has been added to the Hilltopper staff as Coordinator of Player Development. In the role, Hansbrough will assist with academics, mentoring and film study, among other tasks.

"I am excited to join a winning tradition like the Hilltopper Basketball program," Hansbrough said. "Coach Harper and his staff are well established in college basketball, and I am really looking forward to this learning experience."

"Ben has experience playing at a high level both in the NBA and overseas, and those experiences will benefit our current players from a mentoring standpoint," Harper said. "He is young enough to still be able to play but wants to get into coaching at this time, and he could be a star in this business. We are happy he chose to be a Hilltopper."

Hansbrough played two seasons at Mississippi State in 2006-07 and 2007-08 before transferring and finishing his career at Notre Dame in 2009-10 and 2010-11. At Mississippi State, he averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game over 65 career outings.

After averaging 12.0 points per game in his first season at Notre Dame, Hansbrough exploded as a fifth-year senior and averaged 18.4 points per game en route to BIG EAST Player of the Year and second-team All-American honors. For his collegiate career, Hansbrough averaged 12.0 points per game, scored 1,613 career points, made 263 three-pointers while shooting 40.5 percent from distances and played in 134 games.

Hansbrough played professionally overseas and for the Indiana Pacers, where he appeared in 28 games in 2012-13 and averaged 7.1 minutes per contest.

Hansbrough is the younger brother of Charlotte Hornets standout Tyler Hansbrough, who played college basketball at North Carolina.

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