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Jake Thelen set to transfer to Bellarmine

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bellarmine University and men’s basketball coach Scott Davenport have added talented transfer forward Jake Thelen into the fold for the 2012-13 season, bringing in the rising sophomore by way of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bellarmine University and men’s basketball coach Scott Davenport have added talented transfer forward Jake Thelen into the fold for the 2012-13 season, bringing in the rising sophomore by way of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.

“We are thrilled to have Jake join our program,” said Davenport. “He is a complete basketball player who attacks offensively and is solid on the defensive end. He comes from a great high school program and comes to us after a very positive year of college basketball.”

BellarmineA native of Edgewood, Ky., Thelen led the Badgers in scoring averaging 18.5 points per game while shooting 63.4% from the field, third best in NAIA. The 6-6, 205 lb. forward also pulled down 7.5 boards a game on his way to earning Southern States Conference Freshman of the Year honors while also being named to the all-conference team. He eclipsed the 20-point plateau 13 times as a freshman with a season-high 28 points coming in a 57-62 loss at Faulkner on Feb. 16.

Thelen said he transferred primarily to be closer to his family to give them more opportunities to see him play, and he is excited to have landed at Bellarmine.

“Bellarmine is one the top Div.-II programs if not THE top program,” Thelen said. “Just look at what they’ve done the past two years. They won a national championship and made it to the final four. Expectations will be just as high this year, and I’m happy to be a part of that,” he added.

Before his time at Spring Hill, Thelen had a standout prep career at Covington Catholic High School, finishing as the school’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,258 points and being selected to play in the prestigious Kentucky vs. Indiana All-Star game. He averaged 22 points and nine boards for the Colonels and was voted runner-up for Player of the Year in Northern Kentucky.

“Jake is an excellent basketball player and an excellent young man,” said Mike Listerman, who coached Thelen all four years at Covington Catholic. “Several things stand out about Jake.  He has great hands, a quick release and an innate ability to follow missed shots.” Listerman added that Thelen’s 22 point average as a senior wasn’t a result of putting up a lot of shots. “He’s just efficient.”

Thelen will be the fifth new addition to the squad next year joining incoming freshmen Max Clemons and George Suggs along with a transfers Alex Pritchett and Vance Hall.

 

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