**For Immediate Release**
A Pair of Top Basketball Recruits Headed to OPSU
by Aggie Sports on 05/04/05
– The cheers have barely died down from the exciting basketball moments in the Oklahoma Panhandle State gym last winter. Both the men’s and women’s teams won seven more games than in the previous season, each challenged for the Heartland Conference title, and along with that success comes the promise of more great competition in the 2005-06 season.
Both head coaches, Jerry Olson (women) and Curt Connor (men), will welcome back top players next season, and this spring, the returning players have been working out regularly, already in preparation for their next basketball campaign.Connor and Olson (along with their assistant coaches) are also continuing to build the future of Oklahoma Panhandle State basketball and each has recently announced the commitment of a top recruit for next year. Bre Roberts is a 6’1 inside player expected to make a contribution to the Lady Aggies very quickly. Roberts prepped at Mooreland (OK) High School and her coach (Andrew McClung) is high on her chances of succeeding at the next level, and added that he wished he could keep Roberts for another year.Olson, who also doubles as the OPSU Athletic Director, is also optimistic about Roberts’ chances to be successful at the NCAA Division II level. Olson is excited about Roberts joining his squad and said, "At 6’1, Bre has good size to go along with athleticism. How successful she can be at the college level will depend on how hard she wants to work."As a senior at Moreland, Roberts averaged 13.4 points and eight rebounds per game. She will major in Education at OPSU and said that she was very impressed with the Lady Aggie coaches and the camaraderie of the current players.On the men’s side, Connor has announced that 6’8, 215-pound Brandon Woods will don an Aggie uniform next season. Woods, out of Belle Plain (KS) High School, was a first team selection in the Central Plains Conference last season and sported a per game scoring average of 15 points. He also averaged ten rebounds and two blocks each game.Connor recently said, "Our focal point (at OPSU) in this recruiting class is insertion of players with high levels of integrity, maturity, and toughness and Brandon Woods is a great start to backing this up."The overall OPSU athletic program emphasizes academic excellence and Connor added that Woods is a top performer in the classroom.
Both Olson and Connor expect several more recruits to add strength to a pair of already good teams.