Donnie Bostwick, the new head coach of the men’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, has reeled in a talented transfer that could help meet one of the Lions’ primary off-season needs.

Dominique Rambo, who played as a freshman at Oklahoma Wesleyan University last season for Bostwick, was signed last week to play for the Lions. He was given his release by OWU, which will allow him to play immediately for SAGU this fall.

Rambo starred locally for Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill under head coach Tim Ferguson before taking his talents to Oklahoma.

The 5-foot-9 Rambo has three years of eligibility remaining. He was the starting point guard for the OWU Eagles who went 29-5 and made a deep run into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament.

Scoring 14.3 points per game, he was named the Freshman of the Year by the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.

He led the Eagles in assists with 3.03 per contest and was tied for team best in three-point baskets with 67. His defense was equally stellar, accounting for 2.8 steals per outing. His number of thefts ranked No. 2 nationally.

“Dominique had a tremendous freshman season,” said Bostwick, who got a sideline view of his productivity. “Very few freshmen impact teams at the level he did a year ago.”

“He is a very big addition to our program and will affect it in a big way over the next three seasons,” he continued. “He is a very humble young man who is a joy to coach. Dominique has a tremendous work ethic, a great attitude and will be a fan favorite here. He will be a great complement to our returning players.”

Southwestern returns a number of performers, led by a trio of standouts in Ronald Horne, Jared Gibson and Nathaniel Duce Ward.

Horne led the NAIA in points, scoring at a 23.5 per game clip. He was No. 12 in the NAIA in threes while Gibson scored 15.1 points per game and was second in the country in treys with 103. Both Horne and Gibson are senior guards.

Ward, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, led the NAIA in rebounding by ripping down 12.1 per game. He also tossed in 14.1 points per game.

The Lions struggled on the boards as a team and in turnovers. Rambo’s ballhawking skills may help SAGU’s defense, while his ability to find open teammates could be just what the doctor ordered.

The team will begin practicing early this fall before being introduced during Midnight Madness in October.

The Purple Pride tips-off the season when it plays two games in Shawnee, Okla. during the St. Gregory’s Classic, Nov. 4-5.  SAGU’s home opener is on Nov. 8 when it entertains Dallas Christian College.

Contact Mark Warde, Southwestern Sports Information Director, at mwarde@sagu.edu or at 469-658-2847.