A new era of Brescia University Men's Basketball is about to begin. New Head Coach Brian Skortz takes over a program that went 16-15 overall and 9-7 in the KIAC conference. The Bearcats must replace some key players from last year team but do return 7 players. Leading the returners is Brescia's only senior Trey Howard. Howard a 6-4 guard from Owensboro, KY, has already eclipse the 1000 point barrier in his career and will be a center piece of this year's team's success. Joining Howard is last year's starter Dillon Geralds, a 6-4 guard from Tompkinsville, KY. The sophomore average just under 10 points per game for the Bearcats and will be counted on for his scoring and play making ability. Coming back from injury is medical redshirt Junior Jordan Cooper-Livers. Cooper-Livers brings a wealth of experience to a versatile group of backcourt players. Tavon Johnson saw significant minutes last year and will be counted on to do the same, the quick guard from Bardstown, KY will be a key piece in the fast pace Bearcat attack. Sophomores Mason Roland, Darion Morrow, and Ed Carter will all have key roles within this year's team.
The Bearcats add a few transfer players that also figure into the mix, starting with UV-Wise Transfer Zach McDaniel, a 6-7 forward from Bowling Green, KY. McDaniel can create offense in different ways within the system as well as being an effective scorer. Guards Norman Ellis, Nate Melchior, and Adam Wilkinson will bring added experience as well as some shooting ability to the Bearcats. All three played significate roles with their previous programs and will be expected to contribute right away for the Bearcats.
The freshman class consist of seven players as far away as Greece. Panagiotis Dolias (Athens, Greece), Kayode Daboiku (Cincinnati, OH), Blake Donovan (Florence, KY), Brandon Stacker (Bowling Green, KY), Tristen Murray (Bowling Green, KY), Terrell Davis (Louisville, KY), and Dominique Gaines (Louisville, KY) round out the freshman recruiting class. This group will be counted on to provide depth and to contribute to the program. The Bearcats also will be redshirting Transfers Kody Hughes and Tyren Garrett as well as freshman Tyler Harris.
The River States Conference figures to be very competitive again this year with IU East, CCU, West Virginia Tech, and Ohio Christian returning some of the most experienced ball clubs. The Bearcats will have a lot to learn about themselves early in the season. They have one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the RSC. The Bearcats will open up on the road against #2 ranked Georgetown College. "I expect us to compete hard each and every night. We have a very competitive non-schedule that will allow us to learn what are strengths will be and what we will need to continue to improve on.", stated Head Coach Skortz. "We will play an entertaining style of basketball each and every night with a lot of energy. With one senior and trying to replace the amount of scoring and rebounding lost from last year's team, we will need to grow up quickly and develop the chemistry needed to compete in the west division of the RSC." The Bearcats open the 2016-17 season on the road at Georgetown College on November 2, 2016 at 6pm (CST). All home games this year will be played at the Kentucky Mavericks Practice Facility at 817 West First Street Owensboro, KY 42301.