Men's Basketball Pre-Season Review
Coach Christopher is returning for his third year as head coach for the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers. The last two seasons have been successful with '07-'08 being the first 20 win season in the school's history. They went on to be the runner up at the ACCA National Tournament. The '08-'09 season record was 19-16, and they returned to the NCCAA National tournament for the first time in 27 years finishing 5th in the nation. This was a great time for the team to experience firsthand what it was going to take to win a national championship. The OCU Trailblazers finished the tournament 3-1 only losing to the national champions, Grace Bible College from Grand Rapids Michigan.
Coach Christopher is ready for a record breaking season and is starting the season with a great team. Returning from last year, All American shooting guard Stefan Vasiloff is a senior this year. Vasilof contributed 7 rebounds per game and 18 points per game. He is returning to the court very strong and ready to play! A highlight of this summer was Stefan's marriage; he now carries the responsibilities of a husband, student and athlete.
Also returning is All American point guard Rickashontae Spell. Spell has led the team for three years as point guard and is our best on ball defender. Spell averaged three steals and thirteen points per game last year.
The Baker brothers will once again be playing together on the court this year. The youngest, Jon Baker, is a sophomore and plays a very smart small forward position. The middle Baker, Tim, is a potential All American this year. Baker has a great 3 point shot, averaging forty percent from the three spot and fifty percent from the floor. We are looking forward to what he brings to the floor as a junior this year.
Senior Mike Baker, the oldest of the brothers, is a tough 6'7 center. Baker led the team in rebounding last year with eight rebounds per game. Mike has a big responsibility this year to help lead the way for the other players coming up behind him.
Transferring back to OCU from Shawnee State is Michael Farrell. We are very pleased to have Mike back. He has a great 3 point shot, is in the best shape of his life, and he could step on the floor right now and start for us.
Delorean Glanton is also a returning guard. "D" is as a strong defender for the team. His quick hands make him a valuable asset and we look forward to seeing him play again.
Junior backup point guard Sam Sisley returns to OCU after spending a great deal of time on his ball handling skills this summer. We look forward to see him on the floor again.
Coach Christopher spent much time in the post season watching, calling, and visiting new recruits. He feels that this is a very good recruiting class and looks forward to seeing these guys on the floor.
Among our stand out recruits is 6'7 Cornelius Oliver. He is transferring in from Columbus State and is extremely athletic. He jumps well and has soft hands around the rim and will be an excellent post player for us this year.
Another recruit is Jeremy Hayes. He was the runner up player of the year in MOCAL Columbus league. He is a 6'4 forward who runs the floor well and has developed a decent shot. Jeremy takes care of the ball and makes very few mistakes.
Point guard Bryan Keaton is coming off two High School State Championships in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a very smart player and knows the game well. He is a tough defender and has the potential to lead this team for several years.
6'5 Michael McCowan comes to OCU from Cincinnati after sitting out of college basketball for a couple of years. He is a very strong player in the post and can handle the ball well. His athleticism, great attitude and hard work ethic are going to be very important to the success of this team this year.
Having a JV squad enabled us to recruit a full 2 person roster this year. There are several who stand out and may potentially become varsity players. 6' 9" freshman center James Nelson, 6' guard, Josh Delph. He is hardworking and a good shooter. Joining his brother Mike Farrell is hardworking freshman guard Chris Farrell. Transferring from the University of Cincinnati is Ted Sharber, and coming from Southern Ohio, Chad Anderson. From Columbus West is Anthony McDaniel and Harvest Prep, Austin Chapman. Also joining our squad this year is Andre Dawson from Parkersburg, West Virginia.
We are expecting a lot from this year's team and with God's help we believe much can be accomplished. Go Trailblazers!