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Going Pro............Really???

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Posted: 7/22/2014 9:56 PM

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Ben Lawson Finishes Time with Great Britain National Team

Lawson averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, and he finished fifth in the championship in blocked shots per game (1.6).

Ben Lawson
Ben Lawson

July 22, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU sophomore center Ben Lawson played eight games and averaged nearly 20 minutes per contest for Great Britain in the recently-concluded Under-20 European Basketball Championship in Crete, Greece.

Lawson averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, and he finished fifth in the championship in blocked shots per game (1.6). Lawson shot 81.3 percent from the free throw line (13-for-16) and had 12 points in the opening game against Latvia. He added eight points on two other occasions, including against Lithuania while adding eight rebounds in 29 minutes of action. Great Britain went 3-6 in the championship and finished 11th, while Turkey won the tournament.

Lawson also played for Great Britain in the Under-18 European Basketball Championship in the summer of 2013, where he averaged 3.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while the team finished in ninth place.

The Hitchin, England native appeared in 12 games in his debut season for the Hilltoppers in 2013-14, averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in nearly eight minutes per outing.

For more information on WKU Hilltopper Basketball, visit WKUSports.com or follow the program via social media @WKUBasketball on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/WKUBasketball

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Posted: 7/22/2014 10:15 PM

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Absolutely he could become a pro player. He has yet to play a game as a sophomore. Here is past topper playing pro ball and corresponding WKU stats:

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Japeth Aguilar Named to Philippines National Team for 2014
Former Western Kentucky University big man Japeth Aguilar has been named to the Philippines national team for 2014.

Aguilar spent last season with Barangay Ginebra in the Philippines top-level PBA league. He averaged 11.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Japeth Aguilar Stat Summary:
SeasonGPMPG PPG FG% 3FG%FT%
2008-09145.01.556.20.060.0
2007-08216.04.040.00.080.0
Career166.41.852.30.070.0
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Posted: 7/22/2014 11:06 PM

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One person offhandedly brought up the possibility of him going pro, either someday or after this tournament.

But since you bring it up, yeah, he's absolutely got the body, coordination, and intelligence to be a Euro-big man. He's only got a few years of basketball under his belt after playing rugby his whole life.

Last edited 7/22/2014 11:07 PM by bigsciotaaa

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Posted: 7/23/2014 12:20 AM

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No Sciotta it was more than one, and the comment did not say after a few years of development they were talking about him going soon after a decent opening tourney game.  Yes, I agree he could with development but the point is he is not anywhere close to that stage of a player yet.  Which is why I questioned even starting that kind of talk when we can't even get him off our bench.
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Posted: 7/23/2014 12:25 AM

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One more thing.......I would hope that Ben's goals are much higher than playing in the little island pro league.  He might as well play for the local BG team and call himself a pro.  disbelief disbeliefdisbelief   bangheadbanghead
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Posted: 7/23/2014 12:54 AM

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if he did average 8 pts and 6 reb.... I think he would go pro..... no I don't think he is ready.... Just in Europe they pay good money for a guy that tall with potentioal......  I could be wrong.... but it wouldn't surprise me...


If they put the money in front of Lawson he may take it and run.  I couldn't blame him if he did.
I would be surprised if he was ready yet though.  Now, after a couple more years one never knows.


OK 2 post and one said after a couple more years and gary was talking about Europe
9394TopsFan wrote: No Sciotta it was more than one, and the comment did not say after a few years of development they were talking about him going soon after a decent opening tourney game.  Yes, I agree he could with development but the point is he is not anywhere close to that stage of a player yet.  Which is why I questioned even starting that kind of talk when we can't even get him off our bench.
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Posted: 7/23/2014 7:12 AM

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He has a long way to go..... reading some posts on here you would think he will be averaging a double double this upcoming season...I for one hope he can come near to what he averaged in this tournament, to me that is all we could hope for....Harper mentioned about him have a nagging injuries last season, so it might be tough for him to play a full 30 game schedule, his body may not be able to handle it....

Be prepared for another 4 guard lineup this season, LOL....I do have more confidence in Rostov though to help us this upcoming season..

Last edited 7/23/2014 7:14 AM by WKUFan518

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Posted: 7/23/2014 10:19 AM

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Ok, then sounds like we all agree.  And we wonder where guys like Derrick Gordon get it in their heads that they are ready for the pros when they are not ready.  The young guy needs to develop and stay here in school and there is no telling what his future pro offers could then be.  I think Rostov will also be a pleasant surprise.

Last edited 7/23/2014 10:32 AM by 9394TopsFan

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Posted: 7/23/2014 10:23 AM

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Anyone know what times the guys are runnin in Diddle during the summer practices?  Can public get in and watch?
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Posted: 7/23/2014 10:50 AM

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ok it has nothing to do with being ready.... he is 7 1  and yes somewhere around the globe he would have a chance to pay professional.....

NO ONE SAID the  NBA.......    but yes like brain said if he put up some nembers yes he would have that chance..... He may never play a minutie of pro ball.... but someone will sign him....

None of us know him or his family..... so we have no idea what he would do....

actually I was schocked.... until he got injured he averaged almost 30 minutes a game....  glad he got the playing time it can only help.... hes coming into his soph year.... so now is the time to start to get playing time or to move on......


ohh and ask brain I never type what I actually mean.... I meant after his soph year.... he could.... he has to show he can play ... not be great but play D1 ball....

Last edited 7/23/2014 10:52 AM by GaryJude

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Posted: 7/23/2014 12:43 PM

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If we get 11 points and 10 rebs out of Ben and Rostov combined 30mpg we should be a NCAA team...

as long as Fant, TJ, Chris, and Trency do their part and the bench adds 15ppg

14ppg Fant
14ppg TJ
10ppg Chris
10ppg Trency
11ppg Rostov/Ben
15ppg bench

74ppg and with what should be a better defensive team...giving up 2ppg less is a 8 ppg difference from last season. Anyone see anything outrageous about that? We don't need a huge jump in any one person to be good or a NCAA team this year. What we need is a big difference on the defensive end of the court...

while improving our FT & FG shooting % by 4%

If we improve on defense and our fg & ft % and have avg years from our returning players (as I pointed out above) and we have a new comer to step up and become a TJ we are a team that could make a NCAA run of winning a game or two. We were not a bad team last year...avg is about right but closer to being above avg than below. NORMAL GROWTH is what we need to become a good team.

Last edited 7/23/2014 12:44 PM by garysbrain

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Posted: 7/23/2014 3:19 PM

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he isn't even close to playing ball professionally. he can't finish a summer tournament, and barely has played here. yes he's tall, but other than ft shooting, he couldn't score much. yes he blocked a few shots, but c'mon people. i'm with 518 here(as usual).
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Posted: 7/23/2014 6:50 PM

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In that thread, Gary mentioned it in passing, and said he wasn't ready. Rob agreed, and also said he wasn't ready. Hardly some huge hype-machine.  Both were saying IF he had a really good year at WKU (8 & 6), they wouldn't blame him. More of a comment about apparent European pro leagues than Ben. Nobody has said he was going to the NBA after next season, or after this one tournament.

But hey, I love making something out of nothing, too. Ya'll are crazy boobs.

Last edited 7/23/2014 6:51 PM by bigsciotaaa

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Posted: 7/24/2014 11:57 AM

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And I enjoyed stirring up the pot on a lazy summer day to get you all typing again about basketball instead of football.

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Now for your post Brain, I do not think it is unreasonable what you write about the team just needing to play better D improve slightly from the line and get simple reliable production from the bigs and bench.

Can somebody answer when the team practices in diddle during summer?
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Posted: 7/24/2014 8:25 PM

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"Yeah I meant to bank it"


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Posted: 7/25/2014 8:15 PM

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Usually, it's 4:30 in the practice gym closest to the us bank entrance. If it is one of their allowed days for the coaches to work with them, they will ask you to leave though. They don't get many days to work with them so they want to eliminate distractions for that time. Understandable, I think.
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