BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – All five members of the outgoing WKU Hilltopper Basketball
class of 2017 have had opportunities to play basketball professionally overseas from
practice squads to signed contracts.
Que Johnson was the most recent Hilltopper to sign with a professional team as he
will play for Joinville Basketball in Brazil this year. The Pontiac, Mich., native
started in all 32 WKU games last year as a graduate senior guard. He averaged 13.2
points and 4.8 rebounds for the Hilltoppers, and he reached 1,000 career points
against Ohio just before the midpoint of the season. Johnson was consistent at the
free-throw line with a 73.8 percent clip.
Longtime Hilltopper Ben Lawson is currently playing for Lefke Avrupa Üniversitesi in
Cyprus this season. The 7-foot-1 forward was the only graduate of the class who
completed all four years of NCAA eligibility at WKU. In his final season for the
Hilltoppers, Lawson averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. With 57 blocks on
the season, Lawson ended his career with 185 blocks, finishing fourth on WKU’s
Also on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus this year will be Junior Lomomba and
Anton Waters, who will both play for APOP Paphou Basketball Club. Lomomba – a
Quebec, Canada, native – was a graduate senior for the Hilltoppers in 2016-17 after
transferring from Providence. The guard started in all 32 of WKU’s games last year,
and he became the first Hilltopper to record at least four games of seven assists or
more since Jamal Crook in 2010-11.
Hailing from Baltimore, Waters played for Gulf Coast State College before finishing
the last two years of his collegiate career as a Hilltopper. In 2016-17, Waters
averaged 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in only 17.9 minutes per game. As a senior, he
played in 32 games for WKU, starting in 14 of the last 15 match-ups.
Pancake Thomas earned opportunities to play overseas as he started the summer of
2017 with the Mitteldeutscher Basketball Club in Germany before joining the practice
squad of Pallacanestro Cantù in Italy. Thomas played for WKU as a graduate senior
after playing at New Mexico and Hartford. His seven 3s against UTEP in January were
one shy of the record for most by a WKU player in Diddle Arena. The Baton Rouge,
La., native averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while starting in all 32 games for
Including these five Hilltoppers, there are nearly 20 former WKU players playing
professionally as the 2017-18 season begins.
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