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It's been a trying beginning of the season for WKU. Today, it got a little tougher.
Coach Ken McDonald announced this afternoon that junior point guard Ken Brown has been indefinitely suspended. McDonald wouldn't elaborate other than to say it was a "serious" violation of team rules.
"It's not completely move on, but it's very serious," McDonald said. "That's really all I have for it right now. I can't talk about specifics, but it's serious in nature. We continue to talk about the standards we have for our student athletes and living up to them. These guys aren't perfect, but they do have to show improvement and they do have to try to do what we're asking."
Brown has struggled in his transition to the Toppers. He's played in all nine games, starting six of them, but has been turnover-proned. He has 26 assists and 31 turnovers.
McDonald said the biggest thing this can do is give other players and opportunity.
"It is disappointing that you have to deal with it any time in the middle of the season," McDonald said. "But it's gonna make us stronger in the long run. Other guys have to get game experience and get thrown into the fire and a couple of different roles have to shift towards the point position. It's been a problem in terms of our point guard play, but an opportunity for someone else to step up."
The Toppers' two other point guards are sophomore Jamal Crook and freshman walk-on Mike Gabbard. Crook has struggled of late while battling a hamstring injury. McDonald said he now expects both to shoulder the load, both also having a chance to start.
The most pressure might fall on Crook though, as the more experienced of the two.
"His confidence isn't very good right now and he's playing like that," McDonald said. "I want more aggression out of him both on the defensive end and the offensive end without the careless turnovers. We're searching for that guy, for that consistency at the point."
Brown also averaged 6.7 points per game this season and had 15 steals.