RICHMOND, Ky. – West Virginia transfer Brandon Knapper (pictured) has been granted a waiver by the NCAA that makes him immediately eligible to play basketball at Eastern Kentucky University, it was announced by EKU coach A.W. Hamilton on Thursday.
A 6-0 guard from Ontario, California, Knapper played the past two seasons at West Virginia University. He appeared in 27 games for the Mountaineers last season, averaging 2.6 points-per-game and earning second team Academic All-Big 12 honors. As a redshirt freshman in 2018-19, Knapper averaged 5.0 points-per-contest and poured in a career-high 25 points (including 4-of-6 shooting from deep) in a win over Oklahoma. Knapper played for Hamilton at Hargrave Military Academy during the 2016-17 season. He averaged 18.0 points and 3.1 assists-per-game, while shooting 39 percent from three-point range and 95 percent from the free throw line, to help lead Hargrave to the National Prep Final Four. Before arriving at Hargrave, Knapper was a three-time all-state performer at South Charleston High School (West Virginia). He averaged 28.5 points, 6.0 assists and 5.4 steals-per-game as a senior. “I had the privilege of coaching Brandon at Hargrave Military Academy,” Hamilton said. “He’s not only a great talent but he’s a great young man, and he will have a major impact in our program. I’m so happy for him that he will be able to display his talents this season.”
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