BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball freshman center Charles Bassey
officially withdrew from the NBA Draft on Wednesday night and will return to school
for his sophomore season.
Bassey had previously declared for the draft without signing with an agent in order
to receive evaluation, while retaining his NCAA eligibility and the option to return
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria, averaged 14.6 points, 10
rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in his first season for the Hilltoppers while shooting 62.7
percent from the field.
He led Conference USA in double-doubles (17) and ranked in the top 30 nationally in
double-doubles, field-goal percentage, blocks per game, total blocks, rebounds per
game, defensive rebounds per game and total rebounds while competing as one of the
top-10 youngest players in the country.
He became just the second freshmen in the country since 1992 – along with current
NBA star Anthony Davis – to average at least 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks
while shooting at least 60 percent overall.
Bassey was named a Freshman All-American and was 1 of 5 national finalists –
including the only freshman – for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.
He became the second player in Conference USA history to win both C-USA Freshman of
the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, and he was also named
to the All-C-USA First Team, All-Freshman Team and All-Defensive Team.