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WKU hires Charles Bassey’s guardian as assistant coach


USA Today

The shady recruitment of Charles Bassey just got a lot shadier.

The WKU basketball program released a statement Tuesday afternoon announcing the addition of Hennssy Auriantal to its staff.

Auriantal is the controversial figure who brought Bassey and as many as 50 other international prospects to the United States over the last five years. He became Bassey’s official guardian once Bassey left Nigeria, but there are concerns regarding the process in which that happened.

Now, Auriantal is an assistant coach at Western Kentucky, only weeks after Bassey committed to the Hilltoppers and moved to Bowling Green, coincidentally.

“We’re happy to have Hennssy join our program,” Rick Stansbury said in the release. “He brings coaching and playing experience at the D-I level in all areas. Besides that, he’s a terrific person and has a beautiful family. We’re excited to have him as part of our team.”

Yeah, okay. You’re not fooling anyone, Rick.

Read more on Bassey’s situation here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

21 responses to “WKU hires Charles Bassey’s guardian as assistant coach”

  1. Trevor

    Serious shade! If Cal was involved in anything close to this, reporters would be going berserk

    1. timbo

      It happens all the time, Trevor. Not at Western, but all over D-1 basketball. It’s a loophole the NCAA has left in (you couldn’t keep a recruit from playing for his dad, nor should you). Michael Peter Jr. committed to Washington where his dad became a coach, only to leave and go to Missouri where his dad was promptly hired and brought his brother. That is just ONE prominent example within the last twelve months.

    2. Bluebloodtoo

      Just because it happens all the time and isn’t against the rules doesn’t mean it isn’t shady. Consider tax write offs for the wealthy, or bitcoin trading.

    3. ukkatzfan

      He is referring to porter jr. If you didnt know that, don’t worry. You will be in high school soon.

    4. (Aixelsyd)0505

      ^^^thats the best you could come up with? Lame.

    5. ukkatzfan

      That isnt an attempt at humor from me. If you are a UK fan and someone mentions a michael j peter that transferred to missouri and played with his brother and you dont know its porter ?

    6. 4everUKblue

      Uhhhh….Who is Michael Peter Jr.?

  2. ErikDanielsCrossover

    Might as well cheat your ass off at a school like WKU

    1. timbo

      It’s NOT cheating. You shouldn’t throw that word so freely at a situation. It’s perfectly legal and allowed. Shady? Absolutely. Common? Do the research, of course it is.

    2. 4everUKblue

      Again, just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s not shady.

    3. ukkatzfan

      (Tongue in cheek) We tried the same with Tubby. But his oldest stayed his last year in Ga and Saul was “a different style of player”.

    4. ukkatzfan

      Mine wasnt suppose to be a reply. Written to be a comment. Oh well.

    5. timbo

      4ever: read my comment again…slowly. Words mean things. Don’t skip over them and don’t use them irrationally.

    6. 4everUKblue

      Timbo get your panties in a wad?

  3. ClutchCargo

    Well, at least we still have a sketchy D1 basketball coach named Rick in this state.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Hah Hah ha ha ha.

  4. UKPROF

    It’s not illegal and it’s not shady, it’s simply D-1 recruiting. Congratulations to Coach Stansbury and ‘good luck’. Some here at BBN just have to whine and cry when we don’t get a commitment from every top 100 prospect. It’s OK y’all. Let WKU and Coach Stansbury have Bassy. It’s gonna be fine. I like OUR team!

    1. 4everUKblue

      Shady, unethical, sketchy…all of the above and I can’t remember Cal going after Bassey, I don’t see anyone whining or crying and I can’t imagine Cal ever sinking to this level of “D-1 recruiting”. But whatever gets you through the night.

  5. BCO

    Odds this kid ever plays a minute? Ill sat 30%

    1. mashburnfan1

      you are probably a little high on that guess. 10-15% tops.

  6. (Aixelsyd)0505

    Bassey is a super stud and will win POTY, 1st team All-American and be the #1 draft pick in next years draft… bank on it buddy!