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Ex-Poca Star Luke Frampton Gets Shot at Home-State WVU in Crossover Classic Final

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Ex-Poca standout Luke Frampton (14) transferred from Davidson to Western Kentucky prior to this season. (Photo by Dave Eggen/Inertia)

West Virginia will have to deal with a home-grown product who left the state to chase his collegiate basketball dream when the No. 15 Mountaineers take on Western Kentucky in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic championship game on Friday.

Luke Frampton, a former Poca all-stater who helped lead the Dots to an unbeaten Class AA state championship season in 2015 and a return appearance in the title game in 2016, is new to the Hilltoppers this season after starting his collegiate career at Davidson. He was granted immediate eligibility for this season and has made an impact in two game for WKU in South Dakota.

The Hilltoppers have beaten Northern Iowa and Memphis in consecutive days at the Sanford Pentagon with Frampton averaging 8.5 points per game and connecting on 4 of 8 3-point attempts while coming off the bench.

The 6-foot-5, 200 pound junior was a solid player during his time at Davidson. Frampton averaged 48.3 percent on 3-point attempts last season and is one of two Wildcat players to connect on 100 3-pointers in a single season in program history. The other is Steph Curry (who did it three times), and it should go without saying that is good company to keep for any basketball player.

Frampton initially picked Davidson over scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Marshall, Winthrop and James Madison (among several others), but in June announced he was leaving the Wildcats for “personal reasons.” The ex-Dot standout landed with Conference USA’s Hilltoppers and in early October was granted an eligibility waiver by the NCAA to be allowed to play this season for WKU.

WVU and Western Kentucky are scheduled to tip at 1:30 p.m. Friday with ESPN handling the broadcast.

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Tom has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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