Semi-pro hoops team making return to Harrison County
Harrison County is welcoming the return of the semi-professional men’s basketball team, the Southern Indiana Generals.
For three seasons, Scott Schoen was the general manager of the Generals. He then turned the team over to another leader after his brother, Craig Schoen, signed to play professional basketball in Iceland.
After two years away from Southern Indiana, the Generals are back, this time around under the direction of Brad Smith. Smith, a graduate of Lanesville Junior-Senior High School and Indiana University Northwest, has played four seasons in the Kentucky Basketball Developmental League and now joins the management staff. He will also continue to play for the Generals.
‘In five years, the league has put 45 players or so, on professional teams overseas, not counting this past season,’ Smith said of the KBDL.
The KBDL offers a high skill level of basketball with players who excelled on their high school teams and/or played at many different levels of college basketball. One of the primary goals of the league is to develop players for opportunities to play in the International Professional Basketball League.
The Generals will play home games on Saturdays at the YMCA of Harrison County in Corydon. The schedule runs from April through July against teams from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
Smith has scheduled an open tryout for Sunday, Jan. 10, at 5 p.m. at the YMCA for those interested in playing for the Generals. The Kentucky Thoroughbreds, another KBDL organization, will also be scouting talent. The cost for the tryout will be $35 per person. Currently, the team has four players, including Kyle Savely (Corydon Central/King College), Brian LaHue (Corydon Central/Indiana University Southeast), Brandon Stockton (University of Kentucky) and Smith.
‘We want to keep at least six local players, as does everyone in the league,’ Smith said. ‘If interested, they should come tryout or at least see the team to see where they fall talent-wise. Some guys who don’t think they are good enough really are and should come out.’
As the GM, Smith is also looking for assistance with the team. He is looking for game-day volunteers (scoreboard, scorebook), referees, sponsors and a head coach.
The league uses primarily college rules (except there is a variation of the goal-tending rule). Games will be four, 12-minute quarters.
If interested in volunteering or have questions about the tryout, contact Smith at 738-9940 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Season tickets for the league are also on sale at the YMCA for $20 (five home and five away games).