By Quincy Burt, Sports Correspondent
The first senior from the class of 2018 out of Galilean Christian to sign a basketball letter of intent is Tristan Royalty.
The 6'6" Eagles forward put ink to a letter of intent just two days before receiving his high school diploma and the new Campbellsville University Somerset basketball program is thrilled to have the Galilean product.
"Tristan is a big pick up for our program," CU-Somerset head coach Al Gover said. "He is a first-class person. When building a program, you want kids with all the good morals that you are looking for in players and Tristan fits that well."
"They are getting a good one," coach Scott Jones of Galilean added. "Tristan has been a big part of the success of our program the last two-and-a-half years. He started every game that he was healthy and always gave us everything he had. He is the kind of young man that can be the cornerstone of any team that gives him the opportunity."
That opportunity came when Gover contacted the 2018 KCSAA Mr. Basketball about being part of the inaugural basketball team for the new Campbellsville University Somerset.
"I am excited to be joining the CU team," Royalty explained. "I've just loved sports my whole life and so, when the opportunity came to play basketball for CU - it was pretty much a no brainer. It is something that I feel I have worked hard for and will continued to work even harder for."
Royalty played football at Pulaski County High School and even won a State Championship on the offensive line for coach John Hines at the conclusion of the 2014 football season. He would later decide to give up football and search for a change in venue joining Galilean halfway through his sophomore year. Royalty played his early basketball in the PC system in middle school under coach Gover.
"Personally, coach Gover is the best coach I ever played for," Royalty said. "I respect him as a role model, as a leader and as a coach. He's someone I look up to, take criticism from and have always had as a mentor. I am excited to get out there and make him and our team proud."
Royalty made an immediate impact at Galilean and was part of three, State final fours and two State Championships. He joined the 1,000-point club mid-way through his senior campaign and averaged 21 points and seven rebounds in games against college JV teams this season.
"At Galilean I learned to put God first," stated Royalty. "I learned that hard work and dedication will get you past any obstacle. I am really thankful for my time there. I will forever be grateful to my teammates and coaches. I have made some life-long friends and brothers, but I am really excited for this next chapter."
"He has a solid presence on both ends of the floor," Gover pointed out. "He also possesses the skills to step out and face the basket. He is a player who isn't afraid to do the dirty work of defending, rebounding, setting good screens and more. We are very thrilled to be able to get a kid like Tristan to start our program."
Gover has been busy, Tristan was one of the first signed and now the CU-Somerset program has picked up a total of seven with more on tap in the coming weeks. Gover wants his team to be, "hard working and disciplined and get better throughout the first season and Tristan fits right in to that."
(courtesy of the Casey County News)