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Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese And Jalen Moore Receive ‘15-‘16 Postseason Accolades; Named To Junior All-Star Team

by Brent Ranard
for The Hoosier Topics


Junior shooting guard Cooper Neese, of Cloverdale, was named to the IBCA/Subway Underclass Supreme 15 team which represents the top 15 underclassmen in the state of Indiana. Neese was also one of 18 players selected to be part of the Junior All-Star team that will face the Indiana seniors in June exhibition games as the seniors get ready for their annual battle with the Kentucky All-Stars. (File Photo) Junior shooting guard Cooper Neese, of Cloverdale, was named to the IBCA/Subway Underclass Supreme 15 team which represents the top 15 underclassmen in the state of Indiana. Neese was also one of 18 players selected to be part of the Junior All-Star team that will face the Indiana seniors in June exhibition games as the seniors get ready for their annual battle with the Kentucky All-Stars. (File Photo) The 2015-16 Cloverdale High School varsity boys’ basketball team was supposed to have a rebuilding year after winning the sectional the season before and losing much of their point production to graduation. Someone forgot to tell the team. They won 19 games this season and finished third in the newly expanded 12-team Western Indiana Conference (WIC).

Under the direction of first-year head coach Patrick Rady the Clovers won the Putnam County Tournament and topped off the season by winning sectional 44 again before bowing out in the regional to Northeastern.


CHS sophomore point guard Jalen Moore was named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Underclass Small School All-State Team for 1A/2A. (File Photo) CHS sophomore point guard Jalen Moore was named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Underclass Small School All-State Team for 1A/2A. (File Photo) Rady and his Clovers got some more good news last week as two players received postseason awards.

Sophomore point guard Jalen Moore was named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Underclass Small School All-State Team for 1A/2A.

Junior shooting guard Cooper Neese was named to the IBCA/Subway Underclass Supreme 15 team which represents the top 15 underclassmen in the state of Indiana.

Neese was also one of 18 players selected to be part of the Junior All-Star team that will face the Indiana seniors in June exhibition games as the seniors get ready for their annual battle with the Kentucky All- Stars.

The South players include Michael Ertel of Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Zach Gunn of Hamilton Southeastern, Isaac Hibbard of New Albany, Jaylen Minnett of Terre Haute South, Justin Roberts of Pike, along with Neese.

They will join the core group of six junior all-stars to play the seniors in one of the exhibition games and the six North players will join the core group for the other game.

Coach Rady knows that these postseason honors validate many hours of hard work put in by these two and their teammates. “This is a by-product of Cooper and Jalen working hard in the off-season and the success that our basketball program has had over the past three seasons,” he said. “It actually started after spring break last school year. They both knew we lost a lot of production (2015 class) and for Cloverdale basketball to remain a sectional contender they had to get in the gym and set an example for the rest of the players in the program. The IHSAA gives you three days a week (in the school year and out of season) that a coach can open the gym and work with up to two players at a time on skill work. Both Cooper and Jalen always want to make sure they get the three days in. Because of schedules and gym space that meant some days at 6:00 a.m. or even a Friday night session.”

This kind of work ethic is contagious and it leads to marks in the win column.

“The other thing that can get lost in their great individual performance, is these two want to win,” Rady added. “I think plenty of players have great individual talent but fail to use it to help their team get better. I think Cooper and Jalen like to win and compete. This is evident in practice, doesn’t matter what drill we run, they want to win it, they want to set the record for most makes, or they want their team to win the drill.”

Moore showed great improvement from his freshman to sophomore year and it was evident in his play on the floor. He ended the season with a per game scoring average of 18.8. He also averaged 4.4 assists per game from his point guard position. He added 4.2 rebounds per game and 2.7 steals per game.

Neese is a Butler University commit and finished third in the state in scoring, averaging 29.5 points per game. The 6’4” junior also pulled down 9.2 rebounds per contest, adding 3.4 steals and 2.4 assists.

Twice this season Neese scored 40 points in a game, once against Clay City in a 73-55 win on January 16 and on February 13 against South Putnam in a 71-42 victory. Neese also shot 35-percent from threepoint range and hit an amazing 111 for the season. He also shot 85-percent from the free throw line.

Neese has scored 1,678 points for his career at Cloverdale with one season remaining.

When asked what these honors mean for Moore and Neese, for the Cloverdale basketball team, and for him personally as a coach, Rady summed it up by saying, for Jalen and Cooper, I think it is a reward for their commitment to get better individually. I think they both would tell you they would trade these honors to have gotten to play for a state championship.

“For the team, I think it’s a great honor for our program. It also shows young players in our entire basketball program what can happen if you develop your skill and then use your skills to the best of your ability to help your team win. None of these awards are possible if we had a losing record.

“As a coach, I’m blessed, seasons and awards don’t come around like this every year. You never want to take things for granted... sports can have a quick way of humbling you.”

Rady is ready to make sure that the dynamic duo continues to improve in the offseason. “I will be reminding them they still have plenty of work to do, if they want to match what their fathers did in high school. Cooper’s dad (Jerry) played on three straight sectional titles at Cloverdale (‘81-‘83) and won the regional in 1983. Jalen’s dad (William) was on the 1990 Southport team that won the Indianapolis semi-state and played in the Final Four in front of a record crowd at the Hoosier Dome against Bedford North Lawrence and Damon Bailey.”

Clover fans can look forward to another fun season in 2016-17.

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