The Kentucky Wesleyan College men’s basketball team will add Stewart Currie and Wyatt
Battaile to the 2019-20 roster, as announced by Head Coach Drew Cooper on Wednesday morning. The duo
joins Jo Griffin and Ben Sisson who already signed with Wesleyan earlier this spring.
Wyatt Battaile comes to Wesleyan after one season at the University of Louisville. Battaile saw action in seven
games over the course of his freshman year. The 6’4 shooting guard went to Pikeville High School where he
averaged 24.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists his senior season (2017-18). Pikeville went 25-10 that
season, earning their second consecutive trip to the Kentucky Sweet 16.
“We recruited Wyatt out of high school and we are happy we won out on him this time around,” said Coach
Cooper. “He is long, strong, and an athletic wing that shoots the ball very well. He is a natural scorer at his
position and we are comfortable he will fit right in to how we like to play.”
In his prep career, Battaile scored 2,211 points while converting 139 three-point baskets. Battaile earned
several honors while at Pikeville, in 2017 and 2018 he was named the 15 th Region Tournament Most Valuable
Player. In addition to, Battaile earned back-to-back 59 th District Player of the Year awards. A two-sport athlete,
he also helped Pikeville to a State Football Championship in 2015 as he threw for 1,330 yards on 76 of 95
passing with 20 touchdowns.
“In their year together at University of Louisville, he and Jo (Griffin) became close so I am confident that
helped,” continued Coach Cooper. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Coach Mack and his staff for not only coaching
and developing Griffin and Battaile, but for their communication and assistance during the recruiting process.”
Wyatt is the son of Ben and Jimer Battaile. He plans to study Exercise Science.
Stewart Currie is a 6’7 forward from Owensboro and previously attended Daviess County High School. Currie
returns home to Owensboro after a baseball career that started at the University of Louisville in 2017. While at
Daviess County, Currie averaged 23.6 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. He scored 1,438 points in his prep
career which stands as the fourth most in school history.
“Stu is a long, physical basketball player,” said Head Coach Cooper. “He only knows one pace to play and that is
as hard as he can go. He has had a significant layoff (from basketball), but I am confident that with his work
ethic and athletic ability, he will be polished and ready to compete. He plays with an energy that is effective
when you talk about affecting the interior. We are happy to have another local product that fully respects and
embraces the unique history here.”
The Academic All-State Honorable Mention finished his career as Panthers’ second all-time shot blocker (131)
while also establishing the single season record for rebounds (358) and made free throws (139). While at
Louisville, Currie made three relief appearances in 2018. His baseball career eventually ended with a pair of
“I picked Kentucky Wesleyan because it’s home,” said Currie. “My family is here, and my support system.
Basketball has always been my passion and I am glad the coaching staff here was willing to take a risk on me. I
am glad to be back doing what I love in the town I love.”
Stewart is the son of Rodney Currie and Mary Elliott. He plans to study Accounting.
The Panthers finished 10-16 in Cooper’s first season at the helm with a 8-12 mark in the Great Midwest
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