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WKU Hires Elite Recruit’s Guardian to Top Paid Assistant Coaching Position

USA Today

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Mark this hire down under “things the NCAA should find suspicious”. Charles Bassey’s legal guardian, Hennssy Auriantal, has been offered a pretty penny to come help coach his de facto child at Western, according to the Courier Journal:

Top Western Kentucky basketball recruit Charles Bassey’s legal guardian is about to receive a salary from WKU equal to the team’s highest-paid assistant coach.

The school has proposed to pay Hennssy Auriantal $200,004 annually, according to numbers provided to the Courier Journal by the university on Thursday.

Not only is Auriantal less experienced than the other WKU assistants, his ties to the AAU circuit and Yes II Success, an organization that brings international players to the US, have drawn the ire of the NCAA already.

Another of the players originally tied to Yes II Success was current WKU forward Moustapha Diagne, who attended high school in New Jersey.

Diagne missed WKU’s first 16 games this past season while the NCAA investigated his ties to Auriantal.

[Courier Journal]

Hiring a coach of questionable repute who is also the guardian of your prized recruit? Sounds like FBI catnip to me. And it’s a killer rhyme.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

10 Comments for WKU Hires Elite Recruit’s Guardian to Top Paid Assistant Coaching Position

  1. BCO
    11:03 am July 7, 2018 Permalink

    Its shady…but legal. Hey more power to Western for capitalizing on a crappy loop hole.

    However the NCAA should close it immediately

  2. Bluebloodtoo
    11:04 am July 7, 2018 Permalink

    That’s wrong. Overpaying someone is legally funneling money.

  3. Park
    11:17 am July 7, 2018 Permalink

    And what if the kid is ineligible? Is WKU on the hook for that salary? At least they didn’t give him the head coach job like Tennessee did for Alan Houston’s dad.

  4. jos_ros_
    11:37 am July 7, 2018 Permalink

    seems like quite the risk just for one 5 star guy. i mean is it worth it lol

  5. Alleykat16
    11:52 am July 7, 2018 Permalink

    For a small program as they are any 5* is worth the money. It could turn into more of them down the road

  6. Headhurts
    12:52 pm July 7, 2018 Permalink

    Yeah, I wonder how many G’s of that 200 G’s Mr.Bassey ends up with courtesy of his so called legal guardian. Follow the$$$$.

  7. KYjellyRoll
    2:16 pm July 7, 2018 Permalink

    The players should be paid anyways. I realize they’re getting their tuition paid for because of their abilities, but with the revenue they bring to these colleges, thy should be paid for that too.