Things haven't been peachy in Bowling Green ever since conference play started. Most recently, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are coming off a 17 point loss to Charlotte, which dropped the Tops to a 2-5 mark in conference play, with both UAB and Middle Tennessee on the horizon later this week.
As if things couldn't get any worse, the program will now move forward without Chris Harrison-Docks, who many thought would be the next go-to-player in the post-TJ Price and George Fant era of WKU hoops. CHD actually dealt with a two-game suspension earlier this year on December 22, and leaves the Hill after 74 games played, and 45 starts.
This year, CHD is averaging 10.1 points and 1.9 assists, shooting 38.6% from three. Over his three years with the Hilltoppers, Harrison-Docks averaged 10.5 points and 2.3 assists, logging a 36.4% mark from distance.
With his departure, WKU now has nine-scholarship players and two walk-ons on the roster.
So, there ya go. Many a WKU fan want Ray Harper gone (which, we'll talk about later this week on MMM), but for now, this is the news Tops fans have to sit with. And, the striking thing, is some WKU fans are okay with the dismissal.
I'm surprisingly ok with him leaving the team. #WKU— Cody Sparks (@mr_sparks87) January 25, 2016
CHD lost his starting role after his suspension back in December, and perhaps that didn't sit to well with him. Here's the entirety of Ray Harper's statement:
Chris Harrison-Docks is no longer a member of the Hilltopper Basketball program. We wish him the best moving forward.
Yup, that's it. It can fit in a tweet for goodness sake. Zach Greenwell had some thoughts on the the statement and CHD's release.
That was whole Harper statement. But pretty clear this is tied to his comment last night about players worried about "all the wrong things."— Zach Greenwell (@zach_greenwell) January 25, 2016
So, there ya go. Who's ready for UAB on Thursday?!