Bostwick welcomes roster additions
Gibson, Grimes, Oglesby to be activated
SAGU travels to Austin, San Antonio this weekend
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- In spaghetti Westerns the cavalry would arrive just in the nick of time. Now days those who come to support are reinforcements, police back-up, the closer or Jim Dandy to the rescue.
For Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s basketball head coach Donnie Bostwick, its time for Money, Mason and Mo.
The Lions’ sideline general announced on Wednesday that his squad is welcoming three players to active status; one as soon as this weekend, another on Monday.
Jared “J-Money” Gibson (Dallas, Tx / Oral Roberts Univ, Plano West HS), Mason Grimes (McKinney, Tx / Southeast Ok State, McKinney North HS) and Maurice “Mo” Oglesby (Arlington, Tx / Zion Academy) have been on the team roster all season. They are being cleared to play now that the first semester is ending.
“Mason was just cleared to play on Saturday in Austin. Jared will be available in San Antonio,” said Bostwick of Gibson’s first appearance for the game against no. 24 ranked Our Lady of the Lake University (6-3). “Maurice should be able to join us after we return from Christmas. All three have been practicing with us from day one and have been working hard.”
#2 Jared Gibson
The 6-foot-3 Gibson had attended nine semesters of college, relating to his initial transfer from Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, Ok). He had only one semester of eligibility remaining, and opted to use it after the fall ended. The Lions will play 20 of their 30 scheduled games following New Years.
“He had a very productive junior season,” stated Bostwick. Nicknamed “Money” for the dependability of his shooting in the clutch, Gibson netted over 15 points per game last season. He was #2 in the NAIA in the number of three-pointers he made, many from neighboring zip codes.
Gibson was true on 40% of his long-distance rainbows, though it seemed like he never missed. Gibson’s impact in games, borrowing a quote from William Dieter, is “as sure as rain’s got water in it.”
He ripped the nets for 103 treys, draining five in four of the last five games. Gibson finished the season by reaching double-figures in points in 21 straight games, the last five with 21 or more. He has swished 184 triples the past two seasons, with double-digits in points in 48 of 65 games.
Counting 120 points during the 2008-09 season, Gibson is just 22 points shy of 1,000.
“He will definitely be getting minutes immediately,” assured Bostwick. “He is a senior who adds experience and is another great, outside shooter on our team.”
While he will likely join the group that comes off the bench, he will be a feared catalyst.
“Depth is a big part of our success and competition for playing time is healthy,” added Bostwick. “I am comfortable saying everybody we’re suiting up is good enough to help us.”
“We have used 12 of the 13 guys who have suited up in the first half of games this year, depending on matchups,” he said. “You can't have enough depth. We have unselfish kids who are accepting their roles and I just ask them to be prepared if and when their name is called.”
#0 Mo Oglesby
Oglesby (O-guls-bee) is a sophomore who came to SAGU out of high school. “He had to leave and work to earn some money so he could return,” explained the coach. “He was short in (credit) hours and had to wait until second semester as a result.”
The 6’4 forward “gives us another body that can go both inside and out,” Bostwick praised. “He has a very nice shot as well.”
Two years ago Oglesby appeared in 12 games for the Lions, scoring 21 points. He connected on 4-of-9 triples and 7-of-11 free throws. Mo has a shooter's touch and is confident driving or from the perimeter.
He grabbed 14 boards, five on the offensive glass in his freshman campaign when the Lions went 13-21.
#40 Mason Grimes
Grimes, at 6’2, was a redshirt freshman at Southeastern Oklahoma State University last year. His father, Eugene Grimes, is a Pentecostal pastor, which led to Mason and his brother (Mitchell) enrolling at SAGU as a result. Mitchell was an All-Conference offensive lineman for the Lions this semester.
Grimes had transcript issues in his transfer from SEOSU that had delayed his being cleared to play. "He's good to go now," said the head coach.
“He is another good shooting guard,” Coach Bostwick remarked. “Mason is working hard at adapting to the physical college game.”
Bostwick, a native of Pryor Creek, Oklahoma, added that the trio has practiced, traveled and been with the team from the start. “They are already a part of our chemistry, and we are glad they will be able to see game-action soon!” he declared.
Lions Next Four Games
SAGU (9-0) plays at Huston-Tillotson University (Austin, Tx) on Saturday and at OLLU on Monday. Both begin with a jump-ball at 7:30pm.
The Lions first game after the holidays will also be on the road, January 5, at no. 6 ranked Texas Wesleyan University. They return home to play Langston University (Ok) on Jan. 7.