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Coach Bostwick named NABC President

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The memories from the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s basketball team’s run to the national championship game will live on.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is creating a section to present a photograph of SAGU’s Dominique Rambo, who was recently named the NAIA’s National Co-Player of the Year.

Jeff Gelb, the Senior Manager of Facility and Retail Operations of both the College Hall of Fame and The College Basketball Experience, requested an action picture of Rambo for the display.

Two were chosen and sent. Each was shot by Steve Patterson, a freelance photographer who also has his work in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He operates Moving Pictures of Red Oak.

The photos include two plays from home games in the Sheaffer Center; one against Our Lady of the Lake University, the other versus the University of St. Thomas, both nationally ranked programs.

The Lions won their first-ever league title when they won the 2013 Red River Athletic Conference championship.

The Purple Pride went 27-3 overall during the regular season, including 20-2 against teams in the RRAC. Rambo was named the league’s Most Valuable Player while Coach Bostwick was voted Coach of the Year.

After a stunning post-season that saw them win four straight games in KC, including an impressive win over No. 2 ranked Lindsey Wilson College (Ky), they came up short in the finals against Georgetown College (Ky).

The Lions finished with a 33-5 record and a No. 2 ranking in the final Coaches Poll.

Rambo and Georgetown’s Victor Moses shared the Co-Player of the Year award. During the NCAA’s Final Four in Atlanta, at the National Association of Basketball Coaches selected Coach Bostwick as the new president of the NABC.

“Any accolades coming to Coach and Dominique are well deserved,” said SAGU Athletic Director Jesse Godding. “Both of them will accept them, and use the platform to glorify God. For that, I am very appreciative.”

“They are a great model for our students.

“This is fantastic,” added John Cookman, the Director of Media Services. “I am so excited for Coach B and the team. They earned it.”

“The tribute to Rambo is so very due. He is one of the finest young men I have ever met. No one works harder to be great. He is truly an inspiration to me.”

Both facilities – the Hall of Fame and the College Basketball Experience (CBE) - are connected to the Sprint Center. It hosted the Big 12 Conference Tournament simultaneously while the Municipal Auditorium held the NAIA National Championship, which had 32 teams playing over seven days. (A picture of the Hall, the CBE and the Sprint Center is posted below)

Ironically, during one of the afternoons while SAGU was in KC, they toured both venues. Little did they know their team and one of them would be honored among the all-time legends.

Located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, is the Hall of Fame and museum that are dedicated entirely to men's college basketball. The museum is an integral portion of the College Basketball Experience created by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), located at the Sprint Center.

The hall is meant as a complement to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield, Massachusetts), with a focus strictly on those who have contributed greatly to college basketball.

On November 17, 2006 the NABC honored around 180 players, coaches and other notable contributors to college basketball by inducting them into the founding class of the Hall of Fame.

Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Dean Smith, John Wooden and the family of Dr. James Naismith (who invented the game), were selected to represent the inaugural class.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has indicated it will help with the exhibits.

The other interactive portions of the College Basketball Experience are called 'The Entry Experience,' 'The Fan Experience,' and 'The Game.'

The NABC recently renamed the Guardians Classic college tournament the CBE Classic to help promote it.

Visitors arrive at Center Court, the centerpiece of The Fan Experience. With 20-foot high ceilings, it is a high-energy, interactive area encompassing exciting physical activities and computer-based situations, multi-media, and compelling interactive displays.

This area centers on "doing" instead of "looking."

The activities in The Fan Experience place a ball in the visitors' hands and provide them with opportunities to role-play as a college basketball player.

Getting a Rambo mohawk is optional.

For more information on visiting the CBE, click here: www.thecollegebasketballexperience.com

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, or at 469-658-2847.


 


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