Class of 2018: Small College Commitments


Posted On: 02/18/18 8:42 PM

With commitments heating up around the Bluegrass, Prep Hoops Kentucky takes a look at commitments from prospects who will be playing at the D2, D3, NAIA, or JUCO levels.





Cobe Penny, Anderson County – Bellarmine University (NCAA D-II)

The Penny name has been a staple in Anderson County for a few years now.  Cobe’s brother, C.J., was an all-state performer and ended up having an All-American career at NAIA Asbury University,  Cobe hopes to have the same type of success at Bellarmine.  As a senior, Cobe is averaging 22 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.


MeKell Burries, Newport – University of Pikeville (NAIA)

Burries is a late bloomer, only really having played basketball since coming to high school.  Burries committed to play at NAIA powerhouse UPike just a few months back and is set to have a standout career with the Bears.  As a senior, Burries is averaging 21.5 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 45% from the field.


Aiden Ruthsatz, Covington Catholic – Christian Brothers University (NCAA D-II)

Ruthsatz will be following his brothers footsteps by committing to play at the NCAA D-II level.  His brother Nick committed to play at the University of Findlay in Ohio after leading Covington Catholic to a state championship a few years ago.  Aiden hopes to have the same outcome this season as the Colonels lead guard.


Austin Hall, Lexington Christian – University of the Cumberlands (NAIA)

Hall has been a huge part of the Eagles success over his four years at LCA.  Last season marked the first time in program history Lexington Christian won the district tournament and made the region.  This year the Eagles hope for more.  As a senior, Hall is averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.


Danny Butt, Pulaski County – University of the Cumberlands (NAIA)

Butt is a combo guard who has helped Pulaski County achieve recent success, including a state tournament appearance last season.  Pulaski hopes to do the same against this season, but will have to get past Mercer County to do so.  Butt is averaging 14.2 points and 5 rebounds per game.


Aidan Matthews, Meade County – Asbury University (NAIA)

Matthews helped lead Meade County to a state tournament appearance last season.  This year the senior forward is averaging over 20 points and 7 rebounds per game.


Ben Swolsky, St. Patrick’s – Mount St. Joseph University (NCAA D-III)

Swolsky is coming off an injury and only played 12 games this season.  But it was just enough time to get him a spot with NCAA D-III tournament regulars Mount St. Joesph in Ohio.  Swolsky is averaging just over 12 points a contest this season.