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Norse Notes: Men's Basketball Adds to Recruiting Class, Athletes Rack Up Volunteer Hours

Northern Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Brannen announced the addition of Tre Cobbs to the Norse's incoming class, called "one of the best mid-major classes in the country for the class of 2016," according to Next Up Recruits.

“Tre is a dynamic athlete who brings speed, toughness and a winning attitude to our program,” said Brannen. “He played for an outstanding coach in Frank Kill at Lima Central Catholic. I am excited to add Tre to an already strong 2016 recruiting class.”

Cobbs joins former high school teammate Dantez Walton as a Norse. Cobbs and Walton led their high school alma mater Lima Central Catholic (Lima, Ohio) to the Division III state championship this season. During his prep playing days at LCC, Cobbs helped lead LCC to two state titles and one runner-up finish.

The combo guard was named first-team all-state last year after averaging 19.7 points per game and closed his career as a 1,000-point scorer.

Northern Kentucky’s incoming class has already been called “one of the best mid-major classes in the country for the class of 2016” by Next Up Recruits. The class also features Kentucky's Mr. Basketball Carson Williams and finalist Mason Faulkner, as well as Ohio's Division III AP Player of the Year in Walton. Williams and Faulkner teamed up for the Ohio-Kentucky all-star game, where they faced off against fellow signee Jalen Tate.

NKU’s fifth signee Blake Spellman collected the DiRenna Award, which is presented by the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association to the top player in the Kansas City area. Brandon Maxwell also signed with the team in May.

Norse athletes record over 2,700 volunteer hours

Northern Kentucky University’s 250 student-athletes from 17 sport programs along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recorded a total of 2,770 community service hours for the 2015-16 academic year, a near 400-hour increase from the previous year.

NKU student-athletes take part in numerous local and national community service projects and activities. The baseball team led the way with 683 total hours, while women’s soccer led the charge on the women’s side with 349 community service hours.

“I’ve always enjoyed giving back and being involved in community service projects. Being an NKU student-athlete gives us the ability to give back to an already amazing community,” said baseball player and SAAC president Kyle Colletta. “SAAC is great because it gives us a platform to help others as well as meet other student-athletes who want to get the most out of their experience here.”
 
The Norse posted 351 total hours of community service during the National Down Syndrome Society’s Buddy Walk in Cincinnati, which promoted acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
 
Northern Kentucky’s student-athletes also gave their time to Habitat for Humanity (307.5 hours) to build two houses, helped run the PaneraThon race (168 hours), and also helped organizations such as Team Impact (146 hours), the Ronald McDonald House (110 hours), Highland Heights Community Garden (95 hours), Campbell County Schools (93.5 hours), Matthew 25 Ministries (78 hours), the Children’s Hospital (77.5 hours), Master Provisions (54 hours) and the Children’s Home of NKY (50 hours).
  
By performing 2,770 hours of community service, NKU’s student-athletes continue to reinforce the department’s core values including integrity, community interaction and university engagement.

Other notes:

  • NKU's women's soccer team is picked to finish third in the Horizon League, according to a poll released by the league's ten head coaches. NKU is coming off its winningest season as an NCAA Division I program, an 11-5-2 and campaign in 2015. The team opens exhibition play on Monday at Ohio University.
  • The men's soccer team released its schedule, opening with an exhibition game at Rio Grand on August 16, and then welcoming Kentucky to Highland Heights on August 21. Last season, NKU beat UK, an eventual NCAA tournament team, 1-0 in front of a record crowd at Northern, 2,188 spectators. 

-Staff report

Photo: NKU basketball court