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Georgetown College men's basketball has signed a part of its next class of players to add to the legendary program looking for a 25th straight trip to the NAIA Men's Division I Basketball National Tournament.
Coach Chris Briggs has brought in a solid mix of transfers and rookies through the early part of July.
Edson Avila, transferring from South Dakota, is the lone upperclassman currently coming in for the 2015-16 year. He joins Jordan Green, Henry Clay High School; Jacob Conway, Lincoln County High School; Eljay Cowherd, Bardstown High School; and Chris Coffey, Seneca High School.
"We are very excited about these young men joining the Georgetown basketball family," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "They are all quality student-athletes that have tremendous potential, both on and off the court. Each of these young men bring a different dynamic to our team, and I am eager to help them mesh with our returning players. I can't wait to get started with this group of newcomers in August."
Comcast SportsNet's NBA Insider A. Sherrod Blakely is reporting that today the Boston Celtics will hold workouts with six players at the team's practice facility.
Georgetown College's Gerard Coleman is one of those players. The Boston, Mass. native averaged 20.7 points per game with the Tigers.
Arizona Christian University came to life with just less than 10 minutes left in the first round of the 2015 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Division I Basketball National Championship. The Firestorm nearly scored a third of their points following a 30 second timeout with 9:10 remaining for a 94-82 win over No. 12 Georgetown College.
Corey Washburn hit a three from the top of the arc to cap a 9-4 run and give the Tigers (25-8) a 70-63 lead. ACU responded with a 31-12 finish that ended the perennial NAIA power's trip to Kansas City in round one. Georgetown is 9-3 under Chris Briggs in this tournament and it was the first exit short of the quarterfinals under his leadership as well.
"We warned the guys at the half," Briggs said. "ACU is a second half time. You have to keep playing defense and guarding against the three."
Arizona Christian (25-8) came into the tournament ranked 10th in three-point field goal percentage and 13th in three-point field goals made. However, GC had held the Firestorm to just 1-of-4 in the first 20 minutes.
Georgetown College men's basketball learned its fate for its 24th straight NAIA Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. It is the No. 12 Tigers (25-7) 34th appearance all-time with a 61-33 overall record. All three marks are records for the NAIA.
GC earned a first round match up with Arizona Christian University 11:45 am EST Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.
The Firestorm (24-8) is making just their third appearance and has been 0-2 in previous tries. They had a solid 2014-15 season, including beating defending national champion Vanguard three times.
This is the first meeting between these two teams.
As Georgetown College men's basketball gears up for another national tournament, former players are continuing to display why the Tigers program is so successful.
Four players graduating in the past three seasons are playing somewhere overseas. Monty Wilson became the most recent former Tiger to be picked up to play. The 2013 NAIA Tournament MVP and 2014 alum is playing in Montenegro. He plays for Mornar Bar.