Monday, November 17, 2014

Northern Kentucky Inks Three Players for 2015-16

The Northern Kentucky men's basketball program has signed Brennan Gillis, Drew McDonald and Hagen Tyler for the 2015-16 season.

Here is more from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball program received signed national letters of intent from three prep standouts who will join the Norse next year. Brennan Gillis, Drew McDonald and Hagen Tyler inked their letters and committed to play for NKU.

"We are extremely excited to have a class of tremendous competitors and winners like Hagen, Brennan and Drew join our program," said head coach Dave Bezold. "Each are coming from highly respected programs with winning traditions. All three have been highly successful on the court and in the classroom."

Gillis is a 6-7 forward from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, who played club basketball for the Eric Gordon All Stars. Gillis was tabbed first team all-state and named Junior All-Star after averaging 16.6 points per game as a junior. Also earned all-state honorable mention honors as a sophomore.

"Brennan is a very skilled offensive player, but his biggest strength is his defense," commented Bezold. "Brennan is capable of guarding most anyone on the floor and always draws the assignment of defending the other teams best player."

A distinguished two-sport athlete, McDonald led nearby Newport Central Catholic on the court and golf course. As a junior, McDonald averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The two-time All-A State Tournament Team honoree was named the All-A State Tournament MVP in the 2012-13 season and is also a two-time academic all-state honoree during basketball season. Additionally, the men's golf team will benefit from McDonalds' skills, as he'll be playing golf for the team as well.

"Drew brings needed size and is a multi-skilled player that fits very well in our system," stated Bezold. "He is capable of playing with his back to the basket or stepping out and shooting the three."

Hailing from Danville, Kentucky, Tyler helped Boyle County High School to an 18-10 mark after averaging 23.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a junior. Tyler's list of accolades includes selections to the 45th District tournament team, all-area player of the year, All-12th Region team and all-academic tournament team.

"Hagen is an extremely well-rounded scorer," Bezold said. "He is a dangerous shooter both pulling up and when he's set. But, he can also take it to the rim and score that way. His biggest strength, though, may be how hard he plays."

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