Western Oklahoma State College men’s basketball will tip-off the 2015-16 season on the road, Friday, Oct. 30, versus New Mexico Military Institute. The Pioneers will spend three days in Hobbs participating in the New Mexico Junior College Classic. Western will take on tournament host New Mexico Junior College on Saturday, Oct. 31 and conclude with Trinidad State Junior College of Colorado, Sunday, Nov. 1.
The non-conference schedule has been beefed up with five members from always tough NJCAA Region 5. “This year we have scheduled a very tough non-conference field with high level NJCAA 1 programs. I expect the experience will help us battle the top teams in our own region,” said Head Coach, Rolando De La Barrera.
The Pioneers return four players from last year’s squad. Arkim Robertson, a 6’9” Power Forward from Grenada, is already getting looks from Division 1 programs and has been contacted by Louisiana Lafayette, Cal State Fullerton, Lamar University and Wichita State. Arkim averaged 8 ppg and 8 rpg his freshman year. Tyren Harrison, a 6’6” Small Forward, is Western’s returning scorer putting up 11 pgg and 5 rpg as a freshman. Rasheed Wallace, a 6’1” Guard, is a third-year player who sat out last season, but started and averaged 7.7 ppg as a freshman in the 20130-14 season. Kime Newborn, a 6’7” Forward, redshirted last year for the Pioneers. Imani Edwards a 6’0” sophomore, who transfered from Florida State College at Jacksonville, completes the veteran core.
Jason Saintizaire, 6’4” Guard; Philip Saunders, 6’2” Guard; Michael Tolbert, 6’0” Guard; Keandre Broussard, 6’2” Guard; Jalen Redder,6’5” Guard; Daniel Regis, 6’7” Forward; Deandre Wynn, 6’8” Forward and Anton Wilkerson, 6’5” Forward complete the freshman-heavy squad.
“This year’s team should provide some fast paced basketball and get Western closer to its playing style of the past. We have always been an up-tempo team here and the fans appreciate this style of play,” said De La Barrera.
Western is coming off a 14-14 year and Coach Rolando De La Barrera is entering his 10th year at the helm of the Pioneer program. For more information about the Pioneer team and the 2015-16 schedule, visit wosc.edu/mensbasketball.
Judith Meyer is the Director of Public Information for Western Oklahoma State College