The recruiting season for the menís 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 players in the coming days. Added to that, he has several redshirts 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 and Jared Gibson, a pair of prolific scoring guards.†
Horne, who led the nation in scoring as a junior, finished with more than 1,500 points and 202 triples.†
Gibson poured in over 1,000 career points, including 217 three pointers.
Nathaniel Duce Ward is not expected to return this fall. The 6-foot-5-inch forward averaged 10 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in his two seasons in purple.
Additionally, valuable contributors in 6-foot-7-inch center James Southerland and 6-foot-5-inch forward Christian Wood-Dvorak 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, three of which are forwards.†
The three forwards are Emmanuel Adoyi and brother Bryan and Ryan Alford. Adoyi is from Little Rock, Ark.
The brothers Alford are from Dayton.
The two guards are Caleb Gentry and Brandon Nelson.
Gentry is a six-foot-even guard from Hondo. He is a transfer from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and will be a junior. Nelson will be a freshman from Houston.
The lone center in the group is also the lone local product.
Red Oakís Luke Eubanks will try to be an impact in the paint for the Lions for the next four years.
Returning starters include a pair of junior guards in Craig Grigsby and Dominique Rambo and center Mike Nwelue.
Jonathan Walter, James Ford, Caleb Feemster and Tyler Guidry 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 yearís 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 Nov. 12 in Stephenville. 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 coming after the calendar flips to 2013.
The Lions will wear new road uniforms this season. They have yet to be unveiled. Look for them in all-purple.