Friday, July 10, 2015

Georgetown College Announces Portion of 2015 Recruiting Class

Georgetown College has announced five signees for the 2015-16 men's basketball season.

The Tigers have signed Edson Avila (transfer from South Dakota), Jordan Green (Henry Clay HS), Jacob Conway (Lincoln County HS), Eljay Cowherd (Bardstown HS) and Chris Coffey (Seneca HS).

Here is a release from GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball has signed a part of its next class of players to add to the legendary program looking for a 25th straight trip to the NAIA Men's Division I Basketball National Tournament.

Coach Chris Briggs has brought in a solid mix of transfers and rookies through the early part of July.

Edson Avila, transferring from South Dakota, is the lone upperclassman currently coming in for the 2015-16 year. He joins Jordan Green, Henry Clay High School; Jacob Conway, Lincoln County High School; Eljay Cowherd, Bardstown High School; and Chris Coffey, Seneca High School.

"We are very excited about these young men joining the Georgetown basketball family," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "They are all quality student-athletes that have tremendous potential, both on and off the court. Each of these young men bring a different dynamic to our team, and I am eager to help them mesh with our returning players. I can't wait to get started with this group of newcomers in August."

Green, a 6-foot-5 wing player, helped guide Henry Clay High School to the 11th Region Tournament finals, averaging 20.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game his senior season. The 2014 graduate signed with WKU over UNC-Wilmington, Eastern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Troy, UT-Martin and Jacksonville. He has not used any eligibility and will have all four years to play for Georgetown.

"We have been recruiting Jordan for a long time, watching him since he was a freshman or sophomore at Henry Clay in our team camp," Briggs said. "He is a bright, young man that has enormous potential and will provide immediate scoring on the wing for us. We look forward to helping him became the best he can possibly be."

Avila, a 6-9 post, played for Seward County Community College where he averaged 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He left the junior college to play for South Dakota, but after sitting out this past season has picked Georgetown as his destination.

"Edson is a huge addition for us," Briggs said. "He will bring immediate impact inside. He and Deondre have a chance to be a really special duo in the paint, and I can't tell you how excited I am about that. He will be fun to watch in the black and orange, and we are thrilled to welcome Edson to Georgetown."

Conway helped Lincoln County to a 25-6 record this past season. He averaged 20.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. The 6-5 wing turned down offers from Indiana University Purdue Fort Wayne, Cleveland State and Belmont, opting instead to stay in-state and help the Tigers pursue a third national title.

"Jacob is another guy that we have recruited for a few years now," Briggs said. "Just like Jordan, he has been in our team camps since middle school. He is a young man that can do a lot of things well and will be really special here at Georgetown."

Cowherd helped Bardstown to a 21-11 mark this past season and was 2015 5th Region Player of the Year. He averaged 15 ppg and 4 rpg during his senior year.

"Eljay is a very talented young man, and he can do a lot of things from the point guard position," Briggs said. "He is an extremely hard worker and will be a lot of fun to have around because of his infectious personality."

Coffey rounds out the next set of Tigers. He averaged 19.3 ppg and 12.2 rpg this past season for the Redhawks.

"Chris has a tremendous upside, and I really think we got a steal with him," Briggs said. "He is a long and active athlete at 6-7, and it will be fun to watch as he continues to work and develop his skills."

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