Team Adds Nine for 2018-2019 Season
Submitted on September 5, 2018
Georgetown College coach Chris Briggs and staff have successfully reloaded the 2018-19 roster after losing seven players from this past year.
Entering his eighth season at the helm, Briggs has added a mixture of true freshman and transfers to a team that returns its second-leading scorer, 6-foot-5 guard Troy Steward, and 6-0 starting point guard Eljay Cowherd. The Tigers also return wing Jacob Conway, who started 17 games and was a key contributor off the bench and forward Malik Dow, another key contributor off the bench. Chris Coffey, a forward who earned second team all-conference honors in 2016-17, returns to the court this year. Rounding out the returners is true sophomore and Canadian product Dusan Prelo, a 6-11 center.
The new faces are Jaquay Wales, Devin Pendergrass, Colton Elkins, Kyran Jones, Tyrik Edwards, Brodricks “Buddah” Jones, Murshid Randle, Dominique Reid, and Joe Burton.
Wales and Pendergrass are true freshmen and were first to sign for the 2018 class. They come to the Tigers from Butler High School in Louisville, Ky., where they both had outstanding prep careers for K.C. Goodin. Coach Goodin is a former Tiger player and coach, helping GC to its first national title in 1998 as a point guard. Wales and Pendergrass will bring athleticism, toughness, and energy to the squad immediately, and are expected to be fantastic four-year players.
Elkins, another player with four years of eligibility and third signee, comes from Boyle County High School in Danville, Ky., where he starred as the big man in the middle and helped his team to the KHSAA Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena. After sitting out a season due to injury, he transfers from Kentucky Wesleyan University. He is back to full strength, looking to be a force in the paint for the Tigers.
Kyran Jones rounds out the Tigers’ freshman class and is a 2017 graduate of Bowling Green High School, where he competed in the KHSAA Sweet 16 multiple years and started on the 2017 state championship team. Jones will bring depth and versatility to the frontcourt, with a promising future in Orange & Black.
Edwards, Buddah Jones, and Randle make up Georgetown’s juniors to join Cowherd, Coffey, and Conway.
Edwards is an NCAA Division I transfer from Jacksonville State University. He is originally from Hopkinsville, Ky. and a 2016 graduate of Christian County High School, where he competed in the KHSAA Sweet 16. Edwards played the starting point guard and backup point guard roles on two 20-win teams in the Ohio Valley Conference at JSU. He is very athletic and crafty with the ball in his hands, who is also known as a lockdown defender.
Buddah Jones is an NCAA Division I transfer from the University of Wyoming. He is originally from Los Angeles, Calif., where he had an outstanding prep career and was rated a top 100 high school player in the country. Jones is a very athletic forward and has great length. He should provide some great rim protection for the Tigers and also has the ability to stretch the floor and knock down threes.
Randle is from Fresno, Calif., and comes to the Tigers from Copper Mountain College, a junior college in California. He earned all-conference honors there and is poised for a fantastic two years at Georgetown. Randle is an athletic guard who can score in bunches and create for teammates. His range is limitless, being able to score off the drive, on a jumper or from behind the arc.
Reid and Burton round out the senior class with Steward.
Reid is an NCAA Division I transfer from North Carolina Central, who competed in the NCAA tournament this past year as a 16 seed. The New Jersey native should be a force down low for the Tigers at 6-8 and 235 pounds. He is ambidextrous, finishing with both hands inside, and is known to have a high motor on the court.
Burton comes to Georgetown from Valparaiso University. The Texas native was at Oklahoma State for two years before becoming Valpo’s second-leading scorer for part of 2017-18. He can fill it up from three-point range and has great size and ability to get to the rim and score, as well. Burton is another tremendous talent that can help the Tigers compete for a national championship.
GC enters the season looking for a 28th consecutive trip to the NAIA Men’s Basketball Division I Championship in Kansas City, Mo. The Tigers get it started 2 p.m. Oct. 28 against Central Penn College. Season tickets are available now by contacting 502-863-7093. Georgetown has 20 home games this year.
-- Jenny Elder, Sports Information
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