Olson Announces New Players

—By Aggie Sports on 04/18/2012 Goodwell, Okla.—Oklahoma Panhandle State University head men's basketball coach Jerry Olson has announced the signing of four recruits, one transfer student and one walk-on.

Tavien Rosemond, a 6'7" post player from Clarendon College was the first recruit to sign a letter of intent. Clarendon's coach Tony Starnes said, "Tavien is a 6'7" strong and very athletic basketball player who plays above the rim. He works tremendously hard every day in practice and he wants to get better. He is exciting to watch because he is a highlight reel waiting to happen. Coach Olson worked extremely hard recruiting Tavien and we are excited for Tavien's opportunity to play for such a great person and coach. OPSU is a great fit and situation for Tavien. I have always wanted the best for Tavien and there is no doubt that OPSU is just that. Tavien is a very good player and even better person. He is a very good student who has taken it upon himself to graduate from Clarendon College. He will do so prior to his arrival at OPSU. He is a likeable kid that people gravitate to because of his personality. Tavien is a great teammate who loves to see the people around him succeed on and off the basketball court."

Coach Olson said, "What I really liked about Tavien was his toughness and willingness to defend. He has the ability to block shots and grab rebounds. That is an area where we struggled all year. Having played for Coach Stearnes, I know he has developed his skill set because of the practices at Clarendon. I am very excited to get Tavien in our program."

The next two to sign are twins Jaxon and Weston Meardon, from Walsh, Colo. Both are 6'3" guards that can handle the ball and shoot the three. Their teammate Jonathan England has decided to play basketball for the Aggies. He had originally signed to play football at OPSU.

Olson commented, "I am very excited to add these freshmen to our program. Jaxon averaged 19.7 points per game this past year after averaging over 20 as a junior. Weston averaged 18.1 and 9.4 rebounds per game. Both can shoot the 3-pointer and Jaxon had a game this year where he hit 10 of 12 from three. Both are athletic and have good size and speed for guards. Jonathan has the ability to hit the big shot and has a lot of toughness."

The Walsh trio played their high school ball for Ryan Renquist, who led the Eagles to two consecutive trips to the state tournament. Coach Renquist said, "Jaxon, Weston, and Jonathan accomplished a lot throughout their four years at Walsh High School. However, they did have to overcome a lot of adversity along the way. Their freshman year, we won only two games. At Christmas break of their sophomore year, we were 1-6 and searching for answers. Since that point, we went from wondering if we could ever win a game to expecting to win every night we stepped on the floor. Since that 1-6 start, we went 57-9, earning back-to-back trips to the start tournament. These young men are winners, and are willing to do whatever it takes to win at the next level."

"If you like guys who play hard, you will love these three young men. Jaxon is an explosive offensive player who can shoot lights out. He is also a great defender and ball handler. Weston is a complete player. He is an outstanding rebounder, scorer, and defender. He can shoot from the perimeter and score on the low block, and he can defend anywhere on the floor. Jonathan is an exciting offensive player who can score a ton of points in a hurry. He is also an extremely tough player. He will play through injuries that would sideline most athletes."

The lone transfer is Damar Hill, a 5'9" guard from the Univ. of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Olson commented, "Damar has the ability to put a lot of pressure on the ball and very quick. He scored 18 points against us this year, so it nice to have him on our side."

The Aggies expect to sign more talented student athletes before the signing period is over.

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