You can’t blame Western Oklahoma State College College Men’s Basketball Coach Rolando De La Barerra for smiling these days.
De La Barrera is in his 8th year at Western and this year’s club has a chance to be his best ever.
He says this is the most talent he has had since coming to Western.
“We just have to get where we play together,” De La Barrera said.
Here is the break down of the team.
This should be the strength of the team because there is a lot of depth.
Stirling Thomas (5-11, Soph.) is a returnee from last year. He averaged 20.6 points per game in his freshman season and hit 38 percent of his three point shots. He was the 10th leading scorer in NJCAA. He was voted second team all-region. “He is one of the marquee players in the region,” De La Barera said. He performs in the big games. He had the best freshman year of any in my time.”
Jahmal Lane (6-4, Fr.) was Union County player of the year in New Jersey. He had an offer to Long Island University but decided to come to Western.
Rasheed Wallace (6-1, Fr.) had an outstanding high school career averaging 25.7 points per game. He broke Trenton, N.J. Central High School scoring record. He scored in double figures in every game of his senior year. He 20 points in 20 games, 30 points in nine games and scored 42 points once. “He can flat out score,” DeLaBarerra said.
Shywann Spencer (5-11, Fr.) a tough, stout guard. “He plays hard, a tough kid,” De La Barerra said.
Najee Senior (6-1, Soph.) is a returner from last year. He can post up smaller guards that has offensive skills.
Darnell Glover (6-7, Fr.) is long and rangy that can create matchup problems for the opposition. A streak shooter that DeLa Barerra calls a Division I prospect.
Dii’Jon Allen-Jordan (6-6, Soph.) was the second leading scorer last year and leading rebounder. He averaged 14 points per game. He is being recruited by several low to mid DI teams recruiting him.
Jalen Chapman (6-7, Soph.) played in the post last year. He is getting looks from some DI schools. “He’s competitive, has leadership qualities and is a smart guy,” De La Barerra said.
Dakari Mayo (6-8, Soph.) is a very good athlete who has the ability to block and altar shots.
Jean (pronounced John) Tousaint (6-8, Fr.) is a rugged guy that plays strong.
Jermoine Faison (6-5, Fr.) can create matchup problems. A tough player that can do a lot with the basketball
The outlooks is good.
“We have more talent than I ever had in my time here,” De La Barrera said. “We do have an issue where we have too many guys trying to be the leading scorer. That is always a challenge. We have to make a group of talented players, play as a unit, accept roles, sacrifice, develop a team identity. That is going to be the hardest thing.”
Pioneer notes: Western opens its season on Friday at Mid America Christian on Friday.
De La Barerra enters the his 8th season. In his previous seven seasons he has a record of 138-83
Julius Jecoy, SF, 6-5, fr. St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands
Cameron Haley, G, 6-2, Soph., Los Angeles, Calif.
Dii’Jon Allen-Jordan, SF, 6-6, Soph., Plainfield, N.J.
Rasheed Wallace, G, 6-1, Fr.,, Trenton, N.J.
Michael Hawkings, G, 5-10, Fr., Navarro, Fla.
Thomas Stirling, G, 5-11, Soph., Elgin
Darnell Glover, SG, SF, 6-7, Fr., Yonkers, N.Y.
Jalen Chapman, SF-PF, 6-7, Soph. Bronx, N.Y.
Jahmal Lane, G, 6-4, Fr. Plainvfield, N.J.
Dakari May, PF, 6-8, Soph., Bronx, N.Y.
Shywann Spencer , G, 5-11, Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Najee Senior, SG-PG, 6-1, Fr., Bronx, N.y
Josh Torres, G,, 6-1, Fr. Tipton
Jean Toussaint, F, 6-8, Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jermoin Faison, SF, 6-5, Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jedarian Jackson, SG, 6-3, Soph., Kissimmee, Fla.
Cassidy Mesa, G, 6-0, Fr., Altus
Thomas Pierre-Louis, PF-C, 6-8, Soph. North Miami Beach, Fla.
1, at Mid American Christian JV, Moore, 4 p.m.
2, at Wayland Baptist JV, 4 p.m.
6, Southwest Collegiate Institute, 4 p.m.
8, at Northwest kansas Tech-Clarendon Invitational, 6 p.m.
9, at Southwest Christian JV-Clarendon Invitational, 2 p.m.
12, at St. Gregory’s JV, 7 p.m.
15, Hillsdale Baptist JV, here, 6 p.m.
19, Southwest Christian JV, here, 7 p.m.
20, St. Gregory’s JV, here, 7 p.m.
21, at Connors. 8 p.m.
25, Eastern, here, 8 p.m.
29, at Cowley CC-Connors State Classic, 5:30 p.m.
30, North Lake College-Connors State Classic, 2 p.m.
3, at Redland CC, 8 p.m.
5 at NEO, 7:30 p.m.
9, at Hillsdale, Baptist, 6 p.m.
8, Seminole, here 8 p.m.
13, at Northern, 8 p.m.
16 , Murray State, 8 p.m,.
18, at Carl Albert, 6 p.m.
22, Northern-Enid, here, 8 p.m.
27, Connors, here 8 p.m.
30, at Eastern, 8 p.m.
3. Redlands, here, 8 p.m.
6, NEO, here 8 p.m.
10, at Seminole, 8 p.m.
17, Northern-Tonkawa, here, 8 p.m.
20, at Murray, 8 p.m.
22, Carl Albert, here, 8 p.m.
27, at Northern-Enid, 8 p.m.