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Waxahachie, Texas- The past two seasons for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lions basketball team has ended at the NAIA National Championship tournament.  After losing two of the top guards in the nation to graduation (Caleb Gentry and Dominique Rambo), Coach Donnie Bostwick has been hard at work signing new recruits.  “We don’t get caught up in position specialization,” states Bostwick, “All that really matters is that we have five players who can guard and rebound.”

Jason Gentry is a transfer junior from Dallas Baptist University where he started as a freshman and sophomore.  While at DBU Gentry averaged 9.1 points and 4.6 assists per game. 

Bostwick says, “Jason is a tenacious defender that plays the game with a level of intensity that is hard to match.”

Micah Gentry is another Gentry looking to follow both of his big brother’s footsteps with a successful college career.  Micah is from Hondo High School in Hondo, Texas.  During his senior season Gentry averaged 19.6 points per game with a 48% field goal percentage. 

“Micah really came into his own and had a great senior season.  He is one of the top Texas high school shooters,” explains Bostwick.
 
Rishaad Alexander is a guard transferring from Milwaukee Area Technical College.  While at MATC he was 1stteam all-conference, 1stteam all-region and region 4 MVP. 
Bostwick believes he will be an instant leader at SAGU, “While at his junior college Rishaad was one of the top assist leaders in the country.  I love his competitive nature, motor and energy.” 

Before playing at MATC, Alexander graduated from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois.  Proviso East is one of the top high school programs in Illinois. 

Deon Rodgers will be the big man on campus standing at 6 feet 8 inches tall.  Rodgers will be transferring from Northwood University where he red shirted the past year.  Prior to Northwood Rodgers played his freshman season at the University of Texas in Arlington. 

Bostwick is excited about the inside game Rodgers brings to the Lions, “Deon brings us what we have no had this far at SAGU, a true big man that can clog up the paint.  He can also run the floor and has a nice outside shot.” 

Rodgers graduated from Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he averaged 14 points per game. 

Ty Banks Jr. is an incoming freshman from Southwind High School in Memphis, Tennessee. During Ty’s senior season he gained all district honors while averaging 15 points and two steals per game. 

Banks may be one of the few incoming freshman but Bostwick believes he will be ready to keep up, “Ty is coming out of the one of the top high school programs in the country.  The competition level he has competed successfully at thus far in his career has prepared him unusually well for the college game.” 

Josh Swearingin won’t be far from his Arlington Martin High School stomping grounds in Arlington, Texas.  Swearingin was named defensive player of the district and a top 100 player by Texas Hoops.  During his senior season he averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds per game. 

“Josh brings it on both ends of the court,” Bostwick explains, “I love the fact that he can play with ball in his hands and attack the basket or he is equally well at playing off the ball and using his athleticism to rebound. “

The first game for the SAGU Lions will be on Tuesday, November 4 at 8pm versus Dallas Christian College. 

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