Last month it was announced that UB junior Lamonte Bearden received a release from his scholarship with the Bulls. John Rothsein is tweeting that Bearden has since committed to go to Western Kentucky and will sit one year before playing two with the Hilltoppers.
As a true freshman Bearden, was touted as a high-level recruit out of Wisconsin and contributed to UB's first Mid-American conference championship by immediately starting and averaging 8.3 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Lamonte struggled early this past season, trying to force more scoring but improved with time, finishing with 13.8 points and 4.4 assists per game. He was a key part of UB's run to a second straight MAC title but the season was not without it's issues.
He was suspended for three games in the middle of conference play for reportedly failing a recreational drug screening. It was the second strike at Buffalo and put Bearden one test away from a years suspension.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers compete in Conference USA which is usually on par with the MAC. This spring Rick Stansbury, an assistant at Texas A&M was hired on to take over the Hilltoppers. This is of note because Texas A&M was among the schools of interest and there were unsubstantiated whispering that tampering was suspected. Though those tweets have since been deleted.