The Ouachita Baptist University men's basketball program and head coach Mark Price has announced the signing of Reginald Britton, Jr., Olden Jordan, Julian LaDay, Landon Parker, Miles Monroe, Keilan Stittiams, and Matt Velek. (Click on the links to find out more about the future of Ouachita Men's Basketball). The photo to the right is Julian LaDay receiving the Sonic Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Britton is a 6’2 guard that is coming to Ouachita by way of Wichita State University in the Missouri Valley Conference. Reggie is originally from Plano, TX 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 6’3 wing from Keller Central High School where he played for Coach Kit Pehl and, averaged 13 points, while shooting 44% from the field. Also from Keller, TX is 6’2 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 7 assists per contest.
Ouachita has also been able to stake claim to some of the Arkansas high school talent in the 2009 class. Landon Parker, a 6’1 guard out of Benton High School has signed after a tremendous high school career playing for Coach Chris Nail. This year Landon was named to the Arkansas All-State Team in 6A basketball. Joining Parker will be another Arkansas native, Miles Monroe 6'8 forward from North Little Rock. Miles played at Cabot High School for former OBU Tiger, Coach Jerry Bridges. As a senior he averaged ten points per game and was an Arkansas All-Conference selection. Yet another in-state signee is 6-4 wing Matt Velek. Matt played at Greenbrier High School for former OBU assistant, Coach Jason Johnson. This season Matt joined Landon on the Arkansas All-State Team for 5A basketball.
OBU’s most recent signee is 5’11 guard, Keilan Stittiams, who played for Coach Kevin Starks at Harding Academy in Memphis, TN. Keilan led Harding Academy to a State Championship this past season. He had a tremendous performance in the State Tournament including the game winning basket in the final seconds of the championship game. The picture to the left is Keilan Stittiams hitting the game winning shot in the 2-A boys state-title game.
“I am pleased with the fruits of our recruiting efforts this past month. These young men are not only talented players, but possess the quality character that we wish to represent Ouachita,” says Coach Price. “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.”