Gordon shines again; Bjork Tweets about attendance, men’s hoops

17 01 2011

Western Kentucky signee Derrick Gordon had another big day in the national spotlight – finishing with 24 points for St. Patrick (N.J.) in a nationally televised game on ESPNU.

It also marked the second straight game that Gordon matched up with one of the nation’s top players. On Friday, he defended Winter Park (Fla.) guard – and Duke signee – Austin Rivers, the top prospect in the nation according to Rivals.com.

Today, Gordon squared off with one of the country’s top juniors in Shabazz Muhammad.

Big-time competition is nothing new to Gordon and St. Patrick, who are currently ranked No. 2 in the country in ESPNRise’s national Top 50 poll.

Bjork Tweets on attendance

WKU athletic director Ross Bjork sent out a message to fans this afternoon via Twitter.

RossBjorkAD: I am never pleased when our athletic venues are 1/2 full – especially Men’s basketball – but I am thankful for those who were at Diddle on Sat.

In a separate Tweet:

RossBjorkAD: I am fully aware of our present & future & those ingredients that make up our foundation – univeristy, history, great fans, facilities & more.

Bjork commented publicly Saturday for the first time this season about the recent struggles of WKU’s men’s hoops program.

The Hilltoppers currently sit at 5-11 and are 0-4 in the Sun Belt for the first time in school history.

Bjork gave no specific answer when asked whether or not Ken McDonald would be the team’s head coach throughout the season, but did acknowledge fan unahppiness.

“Honestly, what I’m worried about is how (the team) feels after this game,” Bjork said with regard to McDonald’s status. “They played hard, we saw some good signs and I’m worried about Thursday night at South Alabama.”

He went on to add:

“You can’t get too low with the lows or too high with the highs. Athletics is cyclical. You’re up one day, down the next. We have to stay the course, we have to be diligent about our jobs day in and day out, but we do acknowledge that we’re disappointed. Players, coaches, fans are all disappointed. But we’re going to try every day to get better.

“We know fans are disappointed and we thank them for their passion. It’s our job to turn it around.”

WKU travels to South Alabama on Thursday before heading home Saturday to take on Troy.

Troy’s Taylor wins Player of the Week

Troy guard Vernon Taylor dropped 20 on WKU and 22 on North Texas last week as the Trojans stunned basically everyone in the Sun Belt with two wins.

For his trouble, Taylor earns the well-deserved Player of the Week award from the SBC.

Side note: Taylor’s flat top fade haircut is easily the best in the league. And I won’t take any arguments from anyone on that topic. Case closed.

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