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A day removed from a season that saw the football toppers finish with a 24-21 loss in their first ever bowl appearance, two players look to make the transition from the gridiron to the hardwood.
Kawaun Jakes and Marcus Vasquez will try to bring a little offensive fire power to Ray Harper's injury riddled team. The Hilltoppers are without Nigel Snipes and Caden Dickerson for the season with starting point guard, Jamal Crook, out for at least 4 weeks.
Jakes earned three letters at St. Augustine High School in St. Augustine, Florida. He earned all-conference and all-county honors each year in basketball. Kawaun was also named Class 4A Player of the Year after his senior year. Jakes shot 64% from the three-point line his senior season on 84 attempts.
Marcus Vasquez earned four letters in basketball and football along with three in track at Chula Vista High School. His highest scoring game was a 21 point contest against Orange Glen,(CA). Vasquez averaged 10 ppg and 7 rpg his senior season.
If either Jakes or Vasquez makes an appearance tonight against Florida International it will feature limited minutes. The WKU coaching staff believes that both of these players will make a positive impact on the basketball team. They may be the key to getting through this tough stretch of injuries and helping the Tops make a push for another Sun Belt championship.
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