Barton County C.C. of Great Bend, Kan., has sent many players to the middle and high Division I ranks in recent years, and this fall, the Cougar program has added some talented inside players to the fold.
JUCO Junction/Rivalshoops.com caught up with Barton Head Coach Ryan Wolf, and he confirmed that 6-9 Robert Whaley enrolled at the Jayhawk Conference powerhouse.
Whaley, a talented but often troubled big man from Benton Harbor, Mich., should team with 6-10 Diakite to form a talented front line at Barton. Whaley had signed with Missouri last fall, but some off the court legal issues and academic shortcomings forced him to go the junior college route.
Whaley had been linked to West Virginia University quite heavily in recent months, although Wolf said he too is now wide open on colleges.
In high school, Whaley had closed in on a final list of Michigan State, Cincinnati and Missouri. One of the top big men in the Class of 2001, the offensively skilled Whaley averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and five blocks per game last season at Benton Harbor.
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