Men's Basketball

WKU puts Zollo transfer on hold

Last month, Western Kentucky freshman forward Vinny Zollo began discussions with Coach Ray Harper about the possibility of transferring out of the program.

That transfer has not been made official yet, mainly because WKU is waiting to make sure Zollo's departure does not affect its future Academic Progress Rating.

"It's important that all of our guys finish the semester strong because anyone who is transferring, their (grade-point average) figures into our APR," WKU interim athletic director Todd Stewart said. "The NCAA has made post-season play related to APR now a factor. (Connecticut) won't be in the post-season next year because of their APR. It's crucial for everyone to keep their APR as high as they can."

Zollo played in 35 games last season and started in 14 of them.

A Clark County product and once-upon-a-time verbal commit to the University of Kentucky, the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Zollo averaged 15 minutes, shot 40 percent from the field, 23 percent from three, 70 percent from the free-throw line, grabbed 102 rebounds, had 16 blocks and scored 3.7 points per game.

Zollo told Wednesday that "it's detrimental to me. I can talk to other schools, but those restrictions (a 2.6 GPA) make it difficult for anyone to take me right now. I don't think it's fair and don't understand why they are doing it. I'm eligible by the NCAA to transfer and should be fine."

Zollo could not be reached for comment Thursday by the Daily News.

"We've always done what is best for the welfare of our players," Stewart said. "When (Zollo's) situation is finally resolved, I think anyone who looks at it will clearly know that we did what was best for his welfare as well."

WKU recruit commitsto Mississippi State

Andre Applewhite II, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard from Central High in Memphis, Tenn., committed to Mississippi State on Thursday.

Applewhite chose MSU over Western Kentucky, the College of Charleston, Memphis, Arkansas State and Mississippi State — where he went Tuesday for a last-minute visit.

Applewhite, named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State team, scored 16.7 points a game this past season for the Warriors, who went 20-8.

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Ray Harper camps

Harper and WKU men's basketball will have a series of basketball camps this summer.

The 2012 Team Camp will be June 22-24. That event features a six-game minimum, tournament play Sunday, certified officials, T-shirts and catered meals. The team fee is $100.

An Elite Camp is scheduled for June 8-9, the Little Topper Camp is scheduled for June 11-14, the Father/Son Camp is set for June 15-16 and the Day Camp will go on June 18-21.