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CHS Adds Three High-Profile Tourneys To 2016-2017 Boys’ Basketball Schedule

by Brent Ranard
for The Hoosier Topics

The Cloverdale boys’ basketball program has added three high-profile tournaments to its varsity schedule for the 2016-2017 season.

The Clovers will open up their season on Tuesday, November 22 when they travel to Washington, Illinois to compete in the Coventry Health Tournament of Champions. They will face off against the Champaign Central Maroons.

The next showcase will be on Saturday, December 10th when they will play in the fourth annual Forum Credit Union Tip-Off Classic at Southport High School. The Clovers will play Mt. Vernon at 1:15 p.m. in the second scheduled game. The evening night cap will feature 4A state champion New Albany and top junior prospect Romeo Langford against North Central and Mr. Basketball candidate Kris Wilkes.

The third tournament will be on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at New Castle High School where the Clovers will take on a yet-to-be-named team from Kentucky in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Hall of Fame Challenge.

The Clovers will feature a Mr. Basketball candidate of their own in senior Cooper Neese. The Butler commit averaged 29.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in his junior season. Neese will be playing with the junior all-star team on June 7th at Bloomington High School South as they prepare the senior all-stars for their Kentucky games.

Neese and fellow teammate junior Jalen Moore will be participating in the IBCA top 100 workout on July 13th at Ben Davis High School. These two helped to lead the Clovers to a 19-8 record and sectional title in 2016.

Second-year head coach Patrick Rady likes the idea of stepping up the competition and spotlighting his Clovers to a larger audience. “This is a special opportunity to showcase our basketball program and honor the rich tradition that coaches and players have helped make before us,” he said. “It is an exciting time in our program... when you look at the slate of games and you see Cloverdale alongside some of the other great high school powers, it doesn’t get any better for a small school.”

“We talk to the players a lot about how privileged they are to play high school basketball in Indiana,” Rady added. “Next year we will get the opportunity to play in two of the top 15 high school gyms in the world (New Castle and Southport).”

Rady went on to explain that the added tournaments will help to prepare this team for their ultimate goal. “Next year the mission will still remain the same as it always is at Cloverdale, we want success in March with the ultimate goal of winning the 2A State Championship at Bankers Life.” He went on to add, “With the added shootouts, the First Financial Classic, playing in the WIC conference, and the Putnam County Tournament; we feel we are going to be as prepared as we can be in March.”

He is also excited for special opportunities that the added games will provide for a couple of his players. “It will be extra special as Cooper Neese’s father Jerry (assistant varsity coach at Cloverdale) played on the 1983 team that played in Hall of Fame Classic which was the last Cloverdale team to play in the New Castle Fieldhouse. Also Jalen Moore’s dad (William Moore) was the leading scorer for the Southport team that made it to the Final Four in 1990, so it will be special for Jalen to get to play in the gym his father had so much success playing in.”

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