John Hardin boys’ basketball will have a new option moving forward for upcoming games.

Junior point guard Corey Brown was ruled eligible to play Friday for the Bulldogs. Brown is a transfer from Fort Knox High School who has been at John Hardin since September.

“He’s a high-character kid. Great academics, very respectful, comes from a good home and he’s just a great kid to have in your program before we even get to basketball,” John Hardin coach Jared McCurry said. “Basketball wise, he’s a kid that plays extremely hard. He fits in with what we’re trying to do, defense first. He also gives us another guy that can handle the ball and knock down open shots.”

As a sophomore during the 2019-20 season, Brown was the Eagles’ second-highest scorer with 277 total points for an average of 10.3 points per game. He was Fort Knox’s third-most efficient player at the stripe, hitting 52 of 78 free throws for a completion percentage of 66.7 percent.

Brown also picked up 49 rebounds for an average of 1.8 per game.

Fort Knox was unable to play this season because of ongoing Department of Defense Education Activity COVID-19 restrictions.

Despite having to wait for his eligibility, McCurry said Brown has been able to practice with the team over the course of the season so far.

“We’ve tried to stay positive with him. He’s tried to stay positive during the whole time,” McCurry said. “He’s been a little frustrated here and there, just not knowing when his time’s gonna come, but he’s a great kid and he’s stayed positive and he’s practiced hard every day and done what we can. We’re happy he’s eligible.”

McCurry added that being able to practice with the team has gotten Brown on the same page as the rest of the Bulldogs.

“We’re not very big, we’re all pretty much guards and he’s just gotta do what the other guys do. Be defensive-minded first, help us handle the ball and when he’s open, knock down open shots,” McCurry said. “He knows the system now, so he’s ready to go.”

Matt Tyson can be reached at 270-505-1425 or mtyson@thenewsenterprise.com.

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