Brennan Bragg to play collegiately at Transylvania University

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Brennan Bragg, a three-year starter for Coach Brian Bowen’s Switzerland County Pacer varsity basketball team, will now take his game to the next level.

He has agreed to play collegiately at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

“We are extremely excited to add Brennan to our team,” Transylvania coach Brian Lane said. “We lose three starters from this year’s team, and one of those is a post player who played a lot of minutes for us the past three years. We think Brennan can help fill that hole.”

Brennan Bragg is one of four recruits for the Pioneers, two of which are point guards and the fourth – Ashley Hatfield of Shelby Valley High School in Kentucky – led his team to the state championship this past year.

“Hopefully this core of young guys will come in and push the upperclassmen,” Coach Lane said. “We are really a young team, because next year we only lose two seniors, one’s a point guard and the other is a converted post player who had played the 3, 4, and 5 positions for us.”

Coach Lane came to Switzerland County toward the end of the season to watch Brennan Bragg play in person, and left impressed with one of his new, inside recruits.

“He plays bigger than his size, than his height,” the coach said. “He’s got long arms, which really helps him separate from a rebounding and scoring standpoint.”

Brennan Bragg’s size and quickness around the basket will pay dividends for the Pioneers, as well. Coach Lane said that his squad isn’t big and tall, with most of his frontline players being in the 6’4″ to 6’5″ height range – right where Brennan Bragg is.

“We play in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and that height range for inside players I think is pretty consistent in the conference,” Coach Lane said. “Hopefully we’ll play to everyone’s strengths and put a competitive team on the floor.”

Competitive is something that Transylvania has certainly been since Brian Lane became the head coach there in the 2001-2002 season.

The Pioneers won the regular season conference championship in the 2004,2005; 2005-2006; and 2008-2009 seasons. Transylvania was 14-12 last season, including 10-6 in conference play; coming off of a 21-6 mark the year before.

Brennan Bragg will also have the opportunity to work Coach Lane’s basketball camps during the summer, which will give him the chance to meet new teammates while learning his way around the campus and community.

“We have the opportunity for our returning guys and incoming freshmen to work the camps,” Coach Lane said. “We have three sessions and bring in over 1,000 kids. The summer camps give our players, particularly the incoming freshmen, the opportunity to meet their teammates and get comfortable and also to play some pickup games after the camps are done for the day. It allows the players to get used to each other.”

Coach Lane said that the biggest hurdle that all incoming freshman players have is adjusting to the speed and physicality of the college game.

“The players are stronger and the play is more physical,” the coach said. “From what I’ve seen of Brennan, he can handle being physical.”

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Transylvania University – commonly known as “Transy” – is a liberal arts college of 1,100 students, and is located in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky, not far from Rupp Arena. It also had an area connection, as former Madison Shawe Hilltopper sharpshooter Drew Kring has just completed his senior year at Transy, averaging 4.7 points per game while appearing in all 24 games, starting seven.

Switzerland County fans will also get the chance to see Brennan Bragg in action, as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference also boasts Hanover College – and also Franklin College, where a showdown with former Pacer Kyle Green, now a member of the Grizzlies’ team, will happen twice a year.