Caleb Feemster Signs With Men's Basketball Team
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WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- New men’s basketball head coach Donnie Bostwick confirmed on Monday that Caleb Feemster, a solid forward from Trinity Christian Academy, has been inked to play for the purple and vegas gold this fall.
A 6-foot-5, 215-pounder out of Addison, Texas, Feemster is the son of Trinity head coach, Randy Feemster. He is the fifth recruit signed to play for Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the past two weeks.
“Caleb is a winner with a basketball IQ that is off the charts,” Bostwick said yesterday. “It’s no surprise that he is a son of a very successful high school coach.”
As for his ability on the court, he said “He had an incredible high school career in which he played in two state championships (winning one). Caleb is one of the best shooters in the 2011 Texas High School graduating class.”
“He can play inside or out and is a great fit for our program, both on and off the floor,” Bostwick continued. “I expect great things for Caleb during his career at SAGU.”
With a surname derived from Middle-English and Scottish decent, a feemster was a name for a cattle master, or senior herdsman. In the case of the seasoned Caleb, he has the size and instinct to guard and rebound and has rounded up three-point baskets like so many stray bovine!
In fact, Feemster averaged over 80 trifectas during his three-years in a Trojans uniform. He averaged over three triples per game as a junior (105 in 36 games), when he knocked down almost 45% from the field. That year he scored at a 15.2 points per game clip, stroking 75% from the foul line and grabbing 6.1 rebounds an outing.
Trinity competes in Class 5A of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS).
In his senior campaign, the Trojans racked up an 18-17 mark and Feemster, despite a big role change that was needed from him, still rang up norms of 15 points and 7.3 caroms per game and a career best 2.3 assists per contest.
Even as a sophomore, when Mike Kundstadt’s TexasHoops.com listed him in Texas’ Top 115 players, Feemster was making an impact. A starter on the Trojans’ state championship unit, he tossed in 81 treys (43%), scored 9.4 ppg, reeled in 4.6 boards and dished out two helpers per game. On the state’s brightest stage he was selected to the All-State Tournament Team.
That season Trinity won the state crown, posting a 29-9 ledger. The Trojans beat Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Tx) in the final, 64-50. They almost didn’t get there. It took a Feemster three-bomb at the buzzer to win in the semi-final by one.
Coach Bostwick describes Feemster as a “4/3.” He sees his skills allowing him to play either the 4-spot as a power forward or at the ‘3,’ which ranges from wing to a small forward. “He’s a scorer,” he added, “and he has range.” His style is similar to that of Kyle Korver (Chicago Bulls), a shooter who likes to mix it up.
The son of parents Randy and Sandy, Caleb garnered a host of honors at Trinity and from TAPPS, including First Team All-State recognition in his junior and senior seasons.
He joins four others who have signed their National Letter of Intent to play at SAGU; Christian Wood-Dvorak and Clayton O’Neill (both of Hallettsville, Tx / Hallettsville HS), who are 6’3; Dadrian Taylor (Cedar Hill, Tx / Trinity Christian School) and Mike Nwelue (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS), each at 6’4.
Common characteristics among Coach Bostwick’s five recruits – they are catalysts, either on offense or defense, and they’re used to winning.
|YEAR||PPG||RPG||FG%||3'S / PCT||TOP HONORS|
|Soph||9.4||4.6||.427||81 .430||2nd Team All-District, District Newcomer of the Year, TAPPS State All-Tournament Team, State Champions|
|Junior*||15.0||6.1||.480||105 .444||1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-State in TAPPS and TABC**, TAPPS State All-Tourney Team, State Runner-up|
|Senior*||15.0||7.3||.500||59 .400||1st Team All-District, TABC 1st Team All-State, TAPPS 2nd Team All-State, North TABC All-Star|
**Texas Association of Basketball Coaches
Coach Bostwick hopes to introduce another player who has inked with the Lions this week.
Located just 25 miles south of downtown Dallas, Waxahachie has seen great growth in SAGU since the early 1990’s. The school, whose enrollment has risen from less than 500 in the early 1990’s, had another record in students last year with 2,100. The number of majors has swelled to well over 60. More than half of the buildings on campus have been constructed in the past decade.
The team is a member in both the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA Division I), which has about 300 schools, as well as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA Division I), with 50 members. SAGU competes in the second largest league in the country, the Red River Athletic Conference. Of the 15 institutions, 13 field men’s basketball teams.
Southwestern last qualified for the 32-team NAIA national tournament in 2006. They went 12-19 a year ago, scoring over 80 points a game, good for #17 in the country. The Lions return three of the nation’s best players; senior guard Ronald Horne scored more points than anyone in the NAIA (23.5 ppg), junior forward Duce Ward led the NAIA in rebounding (12.3 rpg), and senior guard Jared Gibson was #2 in the country three-pointers made (103).
The November 21 home tilt against Arlington Baptist College has been moved to a 7:30pm start. It is believed to be the first-ever meeting between the schools.
The RRAC tournament (March 8-10) will again be hosted by SAGU. Should the Lions qualify for the NAIA national tourney, it will be during March 14-20 in Kansas City, Missouri. It was previously listed on the SAGU schedule as the NCCAA national tourney incorrectly.
Season Begins in Oklahoma
The Purple Pride roars into the 2011-12 campaign when they participate in the St. Gregory’s Classic, November 4-5, in Shawnee, Ok. They will play the University of Science and Arts (Okla) and St. Gregory’s University, both from the Sooner Athletic Conference.
SAGU’s home opener will be on when they take on Sterling College on Nov. 12. The Warriors are from central Kansas.
SAGU SPORTS Live Returns
Covering the Southwestern sports scene in its second season will be SAGU SPORTS Live. Home games in football and basketball will be broadcast (free of charge) over the internet in high quality, High Definition.
Fans can tune in on computers, laptops, iPhones and some other communication systems to view games thanks to SAGU’s Media Services. They lead the NAIA nation in this service, led by Director John Cookman. All four home football games will be aired. While the exact basketball broadcast line-up hasn’t been announced, it is expected that the final 11 home games will be available, live.
With a mostly student crew, SSL often re-broadcast games for the benefit of those who can’t catch them the first time around.