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NKU basketball signs two Indiana prep standouts

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (WKRC) -- Northern Kentucky University men's basketball head coach Dave Bezold announced the signings of a pair of Indiana prep standouts Wednesday afternoon.

Tayler Persons of Kokomo High School and Jordan Garnett of Warren Central High School of Indianapolis each signed national letters of intent to attend NKU and play basketball. Persons is a 6-foot-3 point guard, while Garnett is a 6-foot-6 small forward.

As a junior, Persons averaged 17.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per points per game. Behind the play of Persons, Kokomo won the North Central Conference championship for just the second time in program history. The Wildkats went on to a third straight sectional title before bowing out to eventual 4A state champion Carmel in the regional round. Kokomo finished 22-3, its third 20-win season in as many years with Persons in the lineup.

Persons was selected as an Indiana Junior All-Star following last season, and drew a start in the squads first game of the summer against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars. He finished with six points, six rebounds and three steals as
Indiana outlasted Kentucky, 108-102.

Tayler can shoot the ball and run an offense, and he brings a certain toughness with him, one of those qualities on the court you really cant teach, Bezold said. He is an outstanding leader as well, and we think he is going to be able to help us a great deal.

Garnett averaged 12.1 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior for Warren Central.

Jordan is a great athlete, an athletic wing who attacks the basket very well off the dribble, Bezold said. He also has the ability to handle the ball and is a very good mid-range shooter.

Persons and Garnett will join an NKU program that is currently in its second season of competing at the NCAA Division I level. The Norse are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference and posted an 11-16 overall record last season, including a 9-9 mark in the league.

NKU has already played Purdue and top-ranked Kentucky this season. A year ago, the Norse met Ohio State, Texas Tech, San Francisco and Atlantic Sun Conference rival Florida Gulf Coast twice.

Information and photo courtesy NKU Athletics and Jeff McCurry



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