Lomomba, Johnson Ready For Roles With WKU Basketball

WKU graduate transfer guard Junior Lomomba — by Getty Images
Junior Lomomba and Que Johnson are two of the most experienced guards in all of college basketball. Both, who have played their last few seasons at other respected programs, are now at WKU and are ready for their roles as graduate transfers in their final seasons of college hoops.

New Western Kentucky men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury really won the lottery when he got both Junior Lomomba and Que Johnson to come to WKU.

Lomomba, a one-year player at Cleveland State followed by a two-year career at Providence (he sat out the 2013–14 season due to NCAA transfer requirements), and Johnson, a three-year player at Washington State (who redshirted his freshman season in 2012–13), are both now on the Hilltopper basketball roster and are ready for their roles as graduate transfers with the program.

“It feels great to finally be on campus, finally meet the guys and just get going,” Lomomba said. “Lifting, working out, that type of stuff. Just feels great.”

Lomomba, a Montreal, Quebec native and graduate of Madison Memorial High School in Wisconsin, averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game as a junior with Providence last season. The guard, who helped lead the Friars to the NCAA Tournament, roomed with now-NBA player Kris Dunn.

“(He taught me) a lot of things,” Lomomba stated on Dunn. “He’s one of the greatest to ever come through that program. We had guys like Bryce Cotton (now in NBA) come in there and just teach me a lot. These past few years have been a learning process for me.

“Obviously with Kris, with him being my roommate, I lived with him for like three years. Just learned a lot.”

Johnson, a Pontiac, Michigan native and graduate of Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix, averaged 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest as a junior with Washington State last year. The guard, who ranks 16th on WSU’s all-time list for 3-point field goals made with 121, says it wasn’t complicated choosing to come to Bowling Green.

“The process wasn’t that hard,” Johnson said. “Coach Stansbury is a great coach — he knows what he’s talking about. Then, after meeting the assistant coaches, they know what they’re talking about with on-the-court and off-the-court stuff. I mean, it wasn’t a hard decision for me.”

Both guys have much experience with the college game, from beginning as freshmen to now being two of the oldest on the roster. They say that they’re ready to lead.

“I just don’t really have time to come in here and wait for people to ask me questions,” Lomomba said. “I’m just gonna come in here and work hard everyday, and try to lead by example and also demand a lot from my guys. Hopefully things will work out right.”

As for Lomomba, he knows what he has planned to do. Johnson, following up with that, says the team chemistry has been great this summer.

“The locker room has been great,” Johnson said. “No issues. Everybody gets along with everybody. (My teammates) are fun to be around. They’re great guys.”

With coming to The Hill, both players had to depart from their respected programs. Both say it was tough, but they’re excited to be Hilltoppers.

“It was a hard decision,” Lomomba said on leaving Providence. “Providence College is a great program, with a good tradition, also. Leaving a lot of players I’ve become familiar with — it was hard decision, but it was the best thing for me to do for me and my family.”

Johnson, just like Lomomba, said it was tough to leave his last team, but Rick Stansbury made a great first impression on him.

“He is a very well-spoken coach,” Johnson said on Stansbury. “He speaks to everyone. He definitely brings that to the table as a first-impression type guy.”

As both are in the same scenario as being graduate transfers and joining new programs, the two of them both say that they are ready to go to work and lead.

“Leadership — I know I can bring leadership,” Lomomba noted. “Just being a great teammate. Teaching a lot, bringing a great scoring ability, passing ability, and just winning. That’s what I’ve been doing all throughout my career — high school and college. I’m trying to bring that over here (to WKU) also.”

“He (Stansbury) talks about bringing championship effort — right now, this year,” Johnson stated. “That’s what me and Junior (Lomomba) want to bring, too — especially with this being our last year.”

In the press conference on the main floor inside E.A. Diddle Arena back on Thursday, both players spoke about one another. Both spoke highly of each other’s character and game.

“Toughness,” Johnson said on Lomomba. “He’ll bring toughness and leadership. He’s the point guard. The leader on the floor. That’s his job.”

“Definitely a lot of scoring,” Lomomba said on Johnson. “Also leadership. Him coming from Washington State — just a lot of scoring and leadership. That’s what we (he and other teammates, coaching staff) expect from Que.”

With most of Stansbury’s roster being younger players, Lomomba says those guys will most likely look up to he and Johnson.

“I think so,” Lomomba said on if or if not the younger guys will look to he and Johnson. “It’s kind of hard to tell right now, but I feel like a lot of the young guys — especially the freshmen coming in — they’re here (at Diddle) and listen. They pay attention.”

As both guys have been on campus for a while now, they have grown closer with their fellow teammates and have started to discover how each one plays. When asked how has caught his eye so far, Johnson told the media.

“I like Ben (Lawson),” Johnson said. “Ben has been one of the guys that has stood out to me. He’s a 7-footer, can shoot, good post moves. He’s starting to get stronger. I mean, he’s definitely come along.”

If things go as they should, both Junior Lomomba and Que Johnson will have great final seasons as college hoops players and will lead the other Hilltoppers in what I think will be a dominant season.

WKU graduate transfer guard Que Johnson — by thescore.com
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