WKU offers sharp-shooting JUCO guard

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The Western Kentucky basketball program offered a scholarship to Nolan Bertain on Monday, the prospect announced Wednesday.

Bertain is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound freshman guard at Casper College in Casper, Wyo. Bertain has three years of eligibility remaining and would be eligible to play this season if he chose to transfer to WKU.

According to verbalcommits.com, Bertain has scholarship offers from WKU and Alabama Birmingham. As a high school senior Bertain originally committed to Point Loma Nazarene University – a Division II program – in San Diego, Calif., and had offers from the Air Force and Stetson at that time.

This past season in 22 games with CC, Bertain scored 14.3 points per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor, 45.3 percent from 3 and 74.1 percent from the line. He also averaged 4.3 rebounds and two assists per contest.

After missing a stretch of 10 games from Dec. 12-Jan. 31 with, reportedly, a fibula injury, Bertain returned Feb. 3 against Little Big Horn College and scored 27 points. On Feb. 17 at Northwest College he poured in 28. In each of those outings Bertain made seven 3s.

The Thunderbirds (22-10) lost at Otero Junior College in the Region IX tournament to end their season.

Bertain played his senior season of high school ball at West Linn in West Linn, Ore. He averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game and shot 47 percent from distance.

Bertain was an all-Three Rivers League selection after transferring from Beaverton High School, helping WLHS to a third-place finish in Oregon’s Class 6A state tournament. The Oregonian tabbed Bertain one of 30 great shooters in Oregon and a player to watch in the 2016-17 season.

Should Bertain decided to join the Hilltoppers he would become the sixth new member of the Western Kentucky program this season along with junior college transfers Matthew Horton and Trevelin Queen and true freshmen Jeremiah Gambrell, Galen Smith and Dalano Banton.

— Follow WBKO sportswriter Chad Bishop on Twitter @MrChadBishop