The Sporting News has released its preseason junior college basketball rankings and Connors State College under head coach Bill Muse is ranked No. 9 in the nation entering the 2016-17 season. The Cowboys coming off a 26-5 record and three consecutive Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference championships returns three starters. The Cowboys under Muse's tutelage has posted a 127-31 record over the past three years averaging 27.5 victories. Connors backcourt will be handled by seasoned veterans Chris Crawford, transfer from Oral Roberts University at point guard and Bill Muse Jr., at shooting guard. The front line will be tall and talented which includes Adarius Avery, 6-7, Zaph Bobb, 6-7, Braydon Powell 6-7 (transfer from Mississippi Valley State) Daniel Melifonwu 6-9 transfer from Southern Utah and 6-10 Kingsley Nwagoso, who played on Great Britain's U-20 team this summer. Northwest Florida State sits atop the poll followed by Georgia Highlands, Lee, Texas, Hutchinson, Kan., and Salt Lake City is fifth. Sixth through 10th are Trinity Valley, Texas, Cape Fear, N.C., Eastern Florida State, Connors State and Vincennes, Ind. Is No. 10. No other Region II team is among the top 25 in the Sporting News preseason basketball rankings. Courtesy of: connorsathletics.com
Juco guard Ty Lazenby commits to Sooners - 5 days ago
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He grew up a huge Oklahoma State fan, but Ty Lazenby(6'5''-G) is heading to Norman. The first-team junior college All-American committed to Oklahoma during his official visit Friday. Lazenby, 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, averaged more than 22.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last year for Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. He shot 86 percent from the free throw line and 45 percent from the field. Lazenby was a major star at Glencoe (Okla.) High, leading Glencoe to back-to-back-to-back champion... [read more]
He grew up a huge Oklahoma State fan, but Ty Lazenby (6'5''-G) is heading to Norman. The first-team junior college All-American committed to Oklahoma during his official visit Friday. Lazenby, 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, averaged more than 22.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last year for Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. He shot 86 percent from the free throw line and 45 percent from the field. Lazenby was a major star at Glencoe (Okla.) High, leading Glencoe to back-to-back-to-back championships. But his size was in question so he opted for the juco route. The journey has paid off with the commitment to the Sooners. He was contacted by OU assistant coach Chris Crutchfield last Sunday and the visit was confirmed Tuesday evening after speaking with head coach Lon Kruger. Lazenby visited Penn State earlier this week and was set to visit Utah on Monday but never ruled out committing to the Sooners if everything fell into place. OU is getting a real OKPreps feel to its team right now. The 2016 class saw Kristian Doolittle. The 2017 class has Scout 100 prospects Trae Young and Brady Manek. And now here comes a blast from the past with Lazenby. 'That would be a great opportunity if it happens,' said Lazenby to Sooners Illustrated on Tuesday. 'Trae Young - I mean you don't have to say much about him. Kristian Doolittle is a big, strong attacker. And everything I've heard about Brady is he's a sharpshooter with size.' Lazenby is hoping to be another piece to that puzzle. He was around 200 pounds coming out of high school and believes adding the 15 pounds in the last two years is a huge reason why his recruitment took off here recently. Lazenby will be a junior for the upcoming season but does have a redshirt season available to him as well. The addition of Lazenby means OU has one open scholarship remaining if Kruger and company decide to pursue another junior college or graduate transfer at this stage. Courtesy of: scout.com
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