College Basketball: Ouachita Baptist Signs Four In-State Athletes

by OBU Sports Information  on Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2009 12:43 pm  

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ARKADELPHIA — Mark Price, Ouachita Baptist University's first-year head men's basketball coach, has announced the signing of eight players to National Letters of Intent to play basketball this fall at Ouachita. Included in the eight are Benton's Landon Parker, Greenbrier's Matt Velek, Cabot's Miles Monroe and Bentonville's Bryce Miracle

Jeremy Banks, Reginald Britton Jr., Olden Jordan, Julian LaDay, Miles Monroe, Landon Parker, Keilan Stittiams and Matt Velek have committed to play at Ouachita will as the Tigers seek to return to Gulf South Conference championship form in the upcoming 2009-2010 season.

"I am pleased with the fruits of our recruiting efforts this past month," Price said. "These young men are not only talented players, but possess the quality character that we wish to represent Ouachita. All of them also come from backgrounds where they have been extremely well coached and that is paramount as we build our program. We are working diligently to complete the 2009 class in a timely, but thorough manner."

Britton is a 6-foot-2 guard who is coming to Ouachita by way of Wichita State University in the Missouri Valley Conference. He is originally from Plano, Texas, where he starred at Plano High School and averaged 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal per game as a senior. He will be a sophomore.

Joining Britton from the Dallas/Fort Worth area is Olden Jordan, a 6-foot-3 wing from Keller Central High School where he played for Coach Kit Pehl and averaged 13 points while shooting 44 percent from the field. Also from Keller, Texas, is 6-foot-2 guard Julian LaDay, who hails from Fossil Ridge High School and played for coach Brad Mauser. His senior year he averaged nine points, six steals and seven assists per game.

Landon Parker, a 6-foot-1 guard from Benton High School signed with the Tigers after a tremendous high school career playing for coach Chris Nail. Parker has been named to the 2009 Arkansas All-State Team in Class 6A basketball. Joining Parker will be another Arkansas native, 6-foot-8 forward Miles Monroe from North Little Rock.

Monroe played at Cabot High School for former OBU Tiger, coach Jerry Bridges. As a senior, he averaged 10 points per game and was a 7A-Central All-Conference selection.

Another in-state signee is 6-foot-4 wing Matt Velek. He played at Greenbrier High School for former OBU assistant, coach Jason Johnson. Velek joined Parker on the Arkansas All-State Team for basketball.

The Tigers also signed Harding Academy's Keilan Stittiams. The 5-foot-11 guard played for coach Kevin Starks in Memphis, Tenn. He led Harding Academy to a state championship this past season. He had the game-winning basket in the final seconds of the championship game.

Banks, a 6-foot-3 wing, comes to Ouachita after suffering an injury that forced him to redshirt at Adams State. Banks played at Faulkner State Community College where he led the Sun Chiefs to a 21-7 record in his sophomore year. Banks, who was a Second Team All-Southern Division selection (Alabama C.C. South Division), averaged 10.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game in his sophomore year. Banks also maintained a 3.5 GPA and made the dean's list while at Faulkner. The transfer averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game as a high school senior.

Price also announced the addition of two frontcourt players for the 2009 class in 6-foot-7 Scott Day of Lamar Community College and 6-foot-9 Bryce Miracle of Bentonville. Day and Miracle moves the number of incoming players to 10.

Day helped lead the Runnin' Lopes to a Region IX title and a fifth-place finish at the National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. During his sophomore season at Lamar, Scott averaged 6.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

"I am thrilled to have Scott Day in our program," Price said. "He has played for great coaches and has a high level of maturity. I truly believe Scott's best basketball is still in front of him."

Scott  finished at LCC with a 3.9 grade point average and plans to major in business at Ouachita.

Miracle played for coach Mike Nelson at Bentonville High School. After being injured during his junior season Bryce came on strong as a senior to average 11 points and 7 rebounds. He also blocked 29 shots during the 08-09 season and was named honorable mention all-conference in Class 7A.

"Bryce is a great fit in our 09 class," says Price. "He's a tall young man with a great skill set. He is from a great family and basketball background and those are certainly crucial elements in our recruiting."

Miracle will major in education at OBU.



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