Friday, April 14, 2017

Adam Stanford Transfers from Kentucky Wesleyan to Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University recently added talented Kentucky Wesleyan transfer Adam Stanford for the 2017-18 season.

Here are details from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Tiger basketball picked up its second commitment for the 2017-18 season, head coach Brent Vernon announced on Friday.

Vernon and his coaching staff welcome Adam Stanford, a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, to the Tiger family. Stanford is the first to sign with CU after the NAIA released its new graduate student certification in April of 2016 (see below).

Stanford, a Fontana, Calif., native played three seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan under head coach Happy Osborne and is graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in graphic arts and a minor in communications. He will further his education by working towards a Master's in sports management at CU.

"Adam is a great signee for us," said Vernon. "He is exactly the kind of student-athlete we are looking for to build our program. He was a member of Kentucky Wesleyan for the last three years and has decided to continue his career at CU. This new rule change has opened many different avenues for us in recruiting."

During his time at KWC, the Panthers won over 20 games a year and finished with a record of 77-15 over that span of three seasons. KWC also won the 2017 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament title with a victory over Alderson Broaddus, 91-63.

After redshirting in 2013-14, Stanford's playing time and importance to the Panthers slowly improved during his tenure at Kentucky Wesleyan. In 2016-17, he played in 29 games, averaged seven points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of playing time.

Stanford scored a season-high 19 points and dished out five assists against Salem International on 8-of-10 shooting and hitting all seven of hits free throw attempts. He also finished the year hitting 76 percent from the charity stripe (44-of-58). In addition, Stanford finished the year hitting 65 percent from the floor.

"Adam is a tremendous player that plays hard at all times," said Vernon. "He makes an impact for whatever role he is given and only worries about doing what he can to help his team win. We couldn't be more excited about him joining our program."

Before his time at Kentucky Wesleyan, Stanford prepped at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, Calif. where he was a three-year started under coach John Romagnoli. As a senior, he was named All-Citrus Belt Conference selection and was the Rebel's Most Valuable Player after averaging almost 14 points and nine rebounds per game. Throughout his career, he totaled an eighth-best 852 points plus 553 rebounds, 160 assists, 184 steals and 100 blocks in 80 games. Stanford also played football, volleyball and was a two-year letter-winner on the track and field squad.

The Tigers finished the year at 15-15 overall in Vernon's first season at the helm. CU graduated four seniors – Erik Kinney, Zach Perry, Roderick Lawrence and Elliott Young. The Tigers bring back starters Jalen Coates and Hagen Tyler for 2017-18. In addition, CU has signed Jacob King from Trinity for next year as well.

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