Men's Basketball has six total recruits
Current catch gives squad talent and depth
Schedule news and new road uniforms
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The recruiting season for the men’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University has secured six promising student-athletes for the coming 2012-2013 season.
Head Coach Donnie Bostwick said this week that he anticipates signing one or two more bucketeers in the coming days. Added to that, he has several red-shirts and walk-ons who will be vying to win a roster spot on the Lions team.
Attrition has created key voids to fill with the graduation of Ronald Horne (Waco, Tx) and Jared Gibson (Dallas, Tx), a pair of prolific scoring guards. Horne, who led the nation in scoring as a junior, finished with over 1,500 points and 202 triples. Gibson poured in over 1,000 career points, including 217 three pointers.
Nathaniel Duce Ward (Waco, Tx) is not expected to return this fall. The 6’5 forward averaged 10 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in his two seasons in purple.
Additionally, valuable contributors in 6’7 center James Southerland (Macomb, Ill) (58 career games) and 6’5 forward Christian Wood-Dvorak (Halletsville, Tx) (fourth leading rebounder) have indicated they will not play this year.
Dvorak has transferred to UT-San Antonio on a football scholarship. Larry Coker is the coach of the Roadrunners, who have made the jump to NCAA Division I in just their second season of existence.
Those five vacancies – Horne and Ward were starters - have led to opportunities for recruits, newcomers and returning players to step in and to step up.
Bostwick has a half dozen new players enrolling this fall, four of which are forwards. (See complete list below)
Returning starters include a pair of junior guards in Craig Grigsby (Houston, Tx) and Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx) and center Mike Nwelue (Lewisville, Tx).
Jonathan Walter (Garland, Tx), James Ford (Victoria, Tx), Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx) and Tyler Guidry (Houston, Tx) all guards, await their chance to impact the Lions line-up.
Guidry has successfully rehabbed an injury that cost him half of the 2011-12 season.
SAGU clearly appears to be even deeper than last year’s squad, a team that went 27-11, equalling the most-ever wins in school history.
The Lions will play a 30-game regular season as well as one or two exhibition games. One of those will be at Tarleton State University (NCAA Division II) on November 12 in Stephenville, Texas. The Texans, who were 27-6 last season, topped the Lions, 79-68, in another exhibition a year ago.
Half of the schedule will be home games; nine after the holidays. The complete slate of games will be introduced later this summer and posted on-line.
The Lions will wear new road uniforms this season. They have yet to be unveiled. Look for them in all-purple.
New Recruiting Class*
|Name||Height||Pos||Hometown (High School)||Coach|
|Emmanuel Adoyi||6'5||F||Little Rock, Ark (Parkview)||Al Flanigan|
|Caleb Gentry**||6'0||G||Hondo, Tx (Hondo)||Fred McCollum|
|Luke Eubanks||6'8||C||Red Oak, Tx (Red Oak)||Stephen Preston Foster|
|Brandon Nelson||6'2||G||Houston, Tx (Kingwood)||Royce Huseman|
|Bryan Alford||6'7||F||Dayton, Tx (Dayton)||Brad Hadnot|
|Ryan Alford||6'8||F||Dayton, Tx (Dayton)||Brad Hadnot|
*Players listed chronologically (in the order they signed)
**Transferred from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Will be a junior.