Steve Cornelius, CJ Sports Editor
Southwestern High School senior basketball standout Hunter Stevens had a sensational career finale for the Warriors, which included a state-ranked scoring average of nearly 26 points per game and a trip to the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen in Rupp Arena.
So it was no surprise that Stevens would continue his basketball career at the collegiate level.
But what was surprising is that Stevens will be playing his college round ball right her in the Somerset area.
In an exciting announcement, Campbellsville University will add men's basketball to the curriculum of their Campbellsville University at Somerset campus this upcoming winter. And their first recruit was the Warriors' sharp-shooting point guard Hunter Stevens.
According to Courtney Murray, Campbellsville University Regional Athletic Director, Somerset is the second regional site to field a men's basketball team, with Campbellsville University Harrodsburg kicking off their first season this past winter.
"We are very excited to offer basketball to the Campbellsville University regional site in Somerset," Murray explained. "We started this regional athletic program model in Harrodsburg this past winter, and they mainly competed against junior varsity programs throughout Kentucky's Mid-South Conference."
"Our hopes are that all our regional location students will have the ability to compete in sports as if they were on our main campus," Murray exclaimed. "So, they can be a CU Tiger no matter which campus they attend."
Not only will Hunter Stevens continue to thrill local crowds with his immense ball skills, but he will be coached by another local legend – Al Gover.
Gover, who was a standout player at Somerset High School and Union College, has coached at all three of the local high schools programs and has first-hand knowledge of the high school basketball talent around the area.
"This will be our inaugural season here at Campbellsville University Somerset," Gover stated. "We have been blessed with this position, so we're going to have fun and enjoy our run here."
"This is going to be really exciting for our community because we have never had anything like this since Somerset Community College way back when,"Gover stated. "I really think the local fans will be able to get behind this team because we will have a lot of players from the local community and we will be playing in a local gym."
Not only was Gover excited to be coaching again, but he was ecstatic to land Hunter Stevens as his first collegiate recruit.
Stevens not only led the 12th Region champion Southwestern Warriors in scoring, but he hit 81 treys at an amazing 50 percent and was near perfect at the free throw line with 85.3 percent made.
"Everyone in this community knows that Hunter Stevens was a tremendous high school player," Gover vaunted. "I personally thought he was one of the best players in the whole state of Kentucky. Hunter is a great talent that we are so happy to sign, and I think he will be a huge asset to our program."
The Campbellsville University Somerset basketball team will play mostly junior varsity exhibition games this upcoming winter, but will be part of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) the following season. Member schools of the USCAA are eligible for post-season play and a shot at a USCAA National Title.
In their first season. Campbellsville University Somerset will play their home games in the Somerset Christian School Cougars Den. Former Southwestern assistant Coach Rusty Glover will serve as an assistant coach at Campbellsville University Somerset, under Gover.
(courtesy of the Somerset Commonwealth Journal)