Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bellarmine Adds Ben Weyer, Alex Cook for 2016

Male's Alex Cook and Newport Central Catholic's Ben Weyer has signed with Bellarmine University for the Class of 2016.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team signed a pair of 6-6 forwards to national letters of intent during the early signing period with Newport Central Catholic's Ben Weyer and Male High School's Alex Cook both committing to the Knights.

Last season Cook averaged 10.6 points and six rebounds per contest while shooting 44 percent from the floor, including 36 percent from 3-point range (44 of 123). Weyer put up 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds a game and shot 63 percent from the field.

"Alex and Ben both come from great families and high school and AAU programs," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "I saw both of them as sophomores and loved everything about them as individuals and as players. They're both great students, not just in the classroom, but in the in the game of basketball as well. I'm thrilled they are Bellarmine basketball players."

Both players pointed to the Knights coaching staff and winning tradition as major reasons for signing with Bellarmine. "Bellarmine was a great fit for me for several reasons," Cook said. "I love the style of play—it fits my game perfectly. From the first time I visited, it felt like home. The players and coaches really made me feel welcome. Another factor was that Bellarmine is in my hometown, so my family can see all of my games. I look forward to playing for Coach Davenport and bringing another national championship home.

Weyer cited similar reasons for signing on with the Knights. "When I took my visits to Bellarmine, I loved everything about the basketball program from the coaches to the guys," he said. "Then, I saw the school, and I just knew it was the place that I wanted to be to get my education and get the chance to play basketball. I also can't wait to play for Coach Davenport because I think he's a great coach, and he has competitive teams every year."

The two recruits' coaches also see Bellarmine as a good program for their players. Willie Feldhaus, the head coach at Male, said, "Alex is athletic and shoots the ball well and has strong fundamentals. I think he'll blossom in Bellarmine's fundamental-driven program."

Newport Central Catholic Head Coach Ron Dawn said, "We were really excited that Ben signed with Bellarmine. We think it's a great fit. Bellarmine is getting a heck of a basketball player, and more than that he's a great person as well. I always say he's the type of guy you'd want your daughter to marry."

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