Jalen Johnson has announced he will sign to play college basketball with the Murray State University Racers. Murray State is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and is a college basketball school competing in the NCAA’s Division I. Murray State has made 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and, three times, advanced to the tournament’s second round. In 1988, the Racers beat North Carolina State in the first round before losing to the eventual National Champion, Kansas. In 2010, the Racers beat Vanderbilt of the SEC, in round one, before losing to eventual runner-up Butler. In 2012, the Racers beat Colorado State, in the first round, before bowing out in the tournament’s second round. Murray State has been recognized as one of the best college basketball programs in the history of the sport. In 2005, Street & Smith named the Racers the 52nd best program of all time and ESPN has ranked Murray State the 30th best program from the years 1984-2008, tied with this year’s National Champion, Villanova Wildcats. To say the least, today’s signing is a big event for the city of Hopkinsville. Jalen will sign at 2:45 p.m., CST, at Tiger Gymnasium.
The football team will have another scrimmage today if you are looking for something to do after Johnson’s signing. The scrimmage will be on Thornton Field out behind the Thornton blockhouse and will, most likely, begin at 4:30 p.m. or somewhere thereabouts, like the first scrimmage. The Tigers return thirteen starters from off a team that, last season, was one of the top 3 teams in its classification by year’s end. The Tigers lost to 4A State Champion Franklin-Simpson in the State Quarterfinals in a game the Tigers led in the first half 20-0. The Tigers carried the lead well into the 3rd quarter, before succumbing to the senior laden, star-studded Wildcat roster. Come out this evening and support the outstanding Tiger football program under its legendary coach, Craig Clayton.
From all of us at your locally owned, hometown, G1NBC (Christian County) we hope to see you at Tiger gymnasium to support local prep basketball star Jalen Johnson as he takes this next step in his educational matriculation. We also hope you will stay around and take in the scrimmage.