Corey Pelle D2 First Team All American

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    Corey Pelle D2 First Team All American

    Another great honor for Corey!

    Kendle of Bellarmine was on the 3rd team.

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    Congratulations to Corey Pelle - Silver Grove - and the entire Pelle's Cafe Crew

    What an honor for a local boy, made good.

    Pelle is showing the rest of the world what those of us who played against him already knew.
    Gayle Goodrich (NBA Hall of Famer) called him "Sensational" following West Liberty's 113-95 thrashing of Anderson on Wednesday night.
    I NEVER grow tired of watching him play.
    He is truly an amazing player!!!!!

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    I still can't believe he wasn't good enough to play at NKU..lol

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    I missed Mr. Pelle in my article - can someone tell me a little about him so I can revise?

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    I don't know the circumstances of his recruitment, but the AD at NKU should be very disappointed in his Men's basketball staff to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarBeyondDriven View Post
    I don't know the circumstances of his recruitment, but the AD at NKU should be very disappointed in his Men's basketball staff to say the least.
    5'11" Corey Pelle played basketball for Silver Grove High School, the smallest high school in the Commonwealth. The Big Trains competed in Division III of the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference, comprised of the smallest and arguably the weakest teams in Northern Kentucky.

    The general consensus of the NKU staff at that time was that he was an exceptional Division III player, playing against weak competition, therefore earning(28-5) inflated numbers. There were also some academic concerns.

    The 2007 Brossart Mustangs (28-5) finished the season that year ranked Number One in Northern Kentucky, were the Kentucky All "A" State Champions, and lost narrowly in the 10th Region Semi-Finals to the eventual region champs, Mason County. We knew that Pelle could play, and often conveyed this opinion to the NKU coaching staff, who harbored many concerns about Pelle's future as a Division II college basketball player.

    Pelle has been recently quoted as saying, "I'm lucky Northern didn't recruit me." This is not a knock on NKU, but a statement of fact, expressing what a good break it was for him, to join a program such as West Liberty that fit his style, and allowed him to play his "wide open" game that he has become famous for. He is obviously thriving there.

    Did any of us realize that he would go on to become one of the top players to ever play at the tradition rich West Virginia school, become an All-American, be the conference and region's top player, and play for a National Division II championship???? No, probably not. We didn't think that far ahead. What we did know however, was that he was certainly capable of playing at the Division II college level and making a contribution to whickever program he chose to play for.

    Who knows how it would have worked out if Pelle had gone to NKU? He may have helped them write a new chapter in their program's history, or he may have become discontented there, and perhaps never played out his college career???

    Pelle's is certainly a success story of magnanimous proportions. He should be an inspiration to the many players who play under the radar, and whose talents and abilities are not visible to recruiters and college coaches, or to those who can play but have a label adfixed to them, preventing them from reaching their goals.

    I'm sure that the next time word of a Division III high school phenom circulates that NKU will take a much closer look, and perhaps make a wiser choice if warrented. As is, Thank God that it worked out well for Corey Pelle and for West Liberty.

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    As always, well put Mustang!

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    Congrats Corey
    I made the trip from A-town to the Grove to watch I IUP game at Pelles Cafe and it was a good time. The only problem I see it that with more people coming out, there might not be enough room these next couple of games.. I wonder if NKU would let the Pelle Gang watch the game on the big screen in the Arena.

    Good Luck WL and Corey in the final 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by raiderbird View Post
    I still can't believe he wasn't good enough to play at NKU..lol
    The problem was that he did not attend Holy Cross and thus was deemed not good enough for NKU.

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    In fairness, every coach misses on a recruit. However, very rarely do they miss this badly.

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    I heard the final four game can be seen on insight TV in NKY tonight on channel 531 (CBS college sports) at 8:30.
    Go Corey and West Liberty!

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    It appears to me that NKU only offers high school players walk on opportunities while they go after disgruntled transfers who are high risk.
    Makes them very talented but always a little short when it comes to playing someone like Bellarmine who develops the kids within their program usually for 4 years. Just a different strategy I guess, but hard to win the big one like that, although you can get to 20 wins pretty easily. Guess it depends on what your objectives are.

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    The only accomplishment he has left is to get his degree. Hopefully, that is forthcoming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mexitucky View Post
    In fairness, every coach misses on a recruit. However, very rarely do they miss this badly.
    Not to mention that Silver Grove might be the closest school to NKU.

    Anyway you slice it - a horrible miss for Bezold and staff.

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