Bostwick Signs Metroplex Pair
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Men’s Basketball Recruiting Continues
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- A week after Southwestern Assemblies of God University announced their first two recruits under new Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, they have secured another pair of hoopsters. Both played at forward during high school.
Michael Nwelue, a power forward from Lewisville (Tx) High School, and Dadrian Taylor, a 6’4 forward who played at Trinity Christian School (Cedar Hill, Tx), signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Lions this year.
Since coming to SAGU in March, Coach Bostwick has been evaluating talent, recruiting, working on the 2011-12 schedule and adding an assistant coach. In short, he’s been as busy as a fiddler’s elbow.
Nwelue (pronounced NEW-wel-away) excelled in one of the toughest prep districts (District 6-5A) in the nation, according to Bostwick. “He has a warrior mentality and brings a huge upside,” the former coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University added. “He commands a defensive presence every time he steps on the floor. He is a great student and should help us early in his career.”
He started for a Class 5A team with very talented guards. Lewisville counted on Nwelue to pound the boards, where he averaged 10 rebounds per game. He was known as an athletic stopper, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound high riser, who brought a tough edge to the Fighting Farmers.
Nwelue blocked three shots a game while also making two steals and two assists per outing. Lewisville posted a 24-11 won-lost record during his senior campaign. The Farmers, under head coach Henry Thomas, reached the regional finals the past two years. They knocked off the #2 ranked team in the state early in the 2010-11 campaign.
Voted captain of the team as a sophomore, junior and senior, he was chosen All-District First Team in each season, leading them in blocks each time. He capped his prep career by being selected the District’s Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Farmers’ MVP.
Academic prowess also described his years in Lewisville, a city of 78,000 located 21 miles northwest of Dallas, and 14 miles southeast of Denton. Nwelue garnered Academic All-District honors his final three seasons, topped off with an Academic All-State award as a senior.
Dadrian (pronounced DAY-dree-un) Taylor, also 6’4, played both roles as a power forward and a small forward. Tipping the scales at 218 provided strength for the baseline bucketeer.
Bostwick was equally filled with praise for the four-year starter at Trinity. “Dadrian has a great upside,” pointed out the coach. “He has been a four year starter and his honors speak for themselves.”
The lefthander “can shoot the ball well from the perimeter as well as going inside,” said Bostwick, who went 120-20 in four seasons at Oklahoma Wesleyan. “I think his best basketball is ahead of him. He is also a great student and is a great fit for SAGU. We are thrilled to have him in our program,” he continued.
Trinity Christian is located in nearby Cedar Hill, just 15 miles from SAGU. Bostwick also signed a talented point guard, Dominique Rambo, from Trinity two years ago. He started (14.3 ppg) for the OWU Eagles last winter in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Taylor was a stalwart for head coach Tim Ferguson’s Tigers, leading them in both scoring (14.2 ppg) and rebounds (7.9 rpg). The Top Cats racked up a 32-3 mark last season, including a 13-1 league ledger. While in the starting line-up, Trinity won the state championship in 2008.
He not only garnered MVP recognition for the Trinity football team as a senior, he collected the same honor for the Tigers on the hard-court, for both District 4-A and was the Most Valuable Player in TAPPS* State Class 4-A. *Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
Taylor was also named to 10 All-Tournament teams during his years Trinity.
The southpaw exceeded in the classroom as well where he was in the National Honor Society from 2008 through his graduation, and was on the TAPPS Academic All-State team as a senior. The amiable Taylor was nominated for the 2011 United States Achievement Academy and was chosen by students as the 2011 Homecoming King.
Nwelue and Taylor join Christian Wood-Dvorak and Clayton O’Neill, both 6’3 players at Hallettsville (Tx) High School. Wood-Dvorak was named Mr. Basketball as a junior in Class 3A.
Other Hoop Scoop News
Southwestern expects to announce two additional recruits early next week, and could introduce one or two more during June. As for the 2011-12 schedule, it is currently posted on the Men’s Basketball home page at www.sagu.edu/athletics, and will be featured in an article next week.
Coach Bostwick has also hired an Assistant Coach for next season. He was not on the SAGU staff previously. An official announcement is forthcoming.
The new head coach has also stated there will be a tryout for SAGU students this fall, though it will be by invitation only.