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January 13, 2013

Jakes Leaving Basketball Team


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Senior Kawaun Jakes, who recently joined the Hilltopper men's basketball team after completing a four-year career on the football field, has elected to leave the basketball program in order to focus on his football future after college.



"We would like to thank Kawaun for helping us out during a tough stretch on the schedule when our depth was limited due to injury," Hilltopper head coach Ray Harper said. "He is a very talented athlete, and his ability to switch gears from a long career in football to basketball shows his versatility and commitment to Western Kentucky University.



"Kawaun's future is in football, and he expressed an interest in beginning to look at the steps needed to pursue his next move on the gridiron. We wish Kawaun the best and thank him for his contributions to our program."



Jakes joined the men's basketball team on December 27, one day after quarterbacking the Hilltoppers in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Mich. He helped the Hilltoppers to back-to-back seven-win seasons on the football field at the quarterback position, and he graduated with his degree in interdisciplinary studies earlier in December.



In addition to being a valuable practice player for the men's basketball team when the roster was hampered by injuries, Jakes saw action in two games.



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