Tigers bring back college basketball to Somerset

For nearly 40 years the Pulaski County area has been with a college basketball team, but this past spring the local Campbellsville University Somerset would be fielding a basketball this season. Former Pulaski County High School and Somerset High School coach Al Gover was hired as the local Tigers' first-ever basketball.

Gover set out to bring in some of the best talent from the local area, as well as landing top-notch recruits from around the state of Kentucky.

Gover's first recruit was former Southwestern High School standout point guard Hunter Stevens, whop was fresh off a state tournament appearance in Rupp Arena just a few month s prior.

Gover also landed for Somerset High School standout sharp-shooter Jake Cothron, as well as former Wayne County High School big man Daniel Coldiron. Former McCreary Central High School star Hunter Jones and Galilean's Tristan Royality signed on as well to join the Tigers' collegiate squad.

Other standout include Louisville Doss standout Meith Reclow, Bourbon County High School star Titus Ransom, and Louisville Fern Creek's AJ Thomas will look to be some of the Tigers' top players.

"There is really a lot of excitement with the start of a new basketball program," Gover stated. "However, we have all freshmen, we have no gym, and no dorms."

But Gover feels as time goes by, the local area will embrace this team, and more amenities will be made available for his young college athletes.

"Our goal is to just get better with each practice and game," Gover stated. "With the teams we are playing wins will be difficult, but progress is what we are looking for right now."

In the Tigers' inaugural season, home games will be at a premium, as the local college program will be borrowing the Somerset Christian School's Cougar Den for their few homes games on the schedule.

Gover urged local fans to come and support this new exciting brand of basketball. Not only will local fans get to see some familiar faces on the hardwood, but they will see some of the state's top freshman college players.

"The college game is fast paced, and it is more physical type of play," Gover stated. "These players are better condition because of year-round training, and the intensity level is much higher than the high school game."

STEVE CORNELIUS is the CJ Sports Editor and can be reached at sports@somerset-kentucky.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CJSportseditor.

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