Bruins basketball program adds two after open tryout

Sophomore Corey Turner and freshman Robert Horn were selected to join the 2014-15 Bruins men’s basketball roster after open tryouts held earlier this month.

The Bruins have only five returning players from last year’s roster: senior Camden Jones; juniors Kyle Turner, Ray Holden Jr. and Kirtis Yurchak, who will be red-shirted due to a knee injury; and sophomore Sean Best.

Needing to rebuild the team, the coaching staff recruited players to start the transformation process. However, even with this recruitment effort, the staff looked to add two more players to complete this year’s roster.

The first open tryout was held for one hour on Sept. 9, with 22 hopeful athletes in attendance.  The field consisted of three seniors, one junior and a combination of 18 sophomores and freshmen.

At the end of the night, the coaches invited seven players to stay for a scrimmage against the current Bruins roster. The seven prospects also returned for an invitation-only tryout two days later, Sept. 11, to once again scrimmage with the Bruins. Following the second scrimmage, the coaches selected Robert Horn, a freshman from Maple Grove, Minnesota, and Corey Turner, a sophomore from Sugar Hill, Georgia.

Turner, a sophomore accounting major, played intramural basketball last year for his society, the Kappa Sigma Chi Knights and played a big part in leading them to their championship victory. He also played basketball throughout high school and is brother to current Bruins player Kyle Turner. Tuner brings many talents to the team, including the ability to play both down low and the small forward position.

Horn, a freshman Bible major in the Pi Gamma Delta Royals, also played in high school. Scoring over 1100 career points, Horn has proved himself a team player who has the work ethic to make himself valuable. Horn plays point guard and is a lethal perimeter shooter.

The Bruins men’s basketball preseason starts Thursday, Oct. 23, against USC Salkehatchie, and the regular season starts Saturday, Nov. 1, against Crown College. Both games will be played in the Davis Field House at BJU.