‘06-07 OPSU Men’s
Basketball - Coach Connor Says . . .
-by Aggie Sports 07/27/06
Goodwell, Okla. — Curt Connor,
entering his third season as head basketball coach at Oklahoma
Panhandle State University, has established the Aggies as
a force to be reckoned with. With a third place finish in
the Heartland Conference in each of the last two seasons
plus a nine game home winning streak, the Aggies are ready
to take things to the next level.
Connor joined the OPSU program after
an extremely successful tenure at Triton Junior College in
Illinois, and for this season’s
Aggies, he’s planning on RELOADING instead of rebuilding.
Connor recently discussed his new assistant coach as well as
his latest recruits.
TIM ANDERSON, Assistant Coach
Anderson finished his playing career last season by leading
the Aggies to a strong conference finish and he was first
in the league in assists/turnover ratio while earning honorable
mention all-conference honors.
During his two years as an Aggie, Anderson
was one of the most well-liked people on the OPSU campus
as well as an excellent student, earning his degree last
May. While in school, the Chicago native developed a sincere
fondness for the Panhandle region and chose to stay. He has
put his degree in Social Studies and his people skills to
good use and is currently working as an officer with the
Goodwell Police Department. The likable young man will continue
his law enforcement duties while acting as Connor’s
assistant in the coming season.
CONNOR SAYS . . . “Tim has earned his stripes with me.
He’s been through every battle over a two year period
that led to our success in conference play. Now, I’m
putting pressure on him to get us over the top with our non-conference
WILLIAM STEPHENSON 6’5,
190-pound Forward (Joliet C.C.-Illinois)
Stephenson finished his junior college career with an invitation
to the prestigious NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association All-Star
Classic, an honor that made him a “Top 40 Player” in
the nation. He was named to Region IV first and second teams
and posted over 30 double-doubles (points-rebounds) over
the last two seasons.
CONNOR SAYS: “I made the mistake
of not signing Will when I was at Triton, now our fans will
see the most athletically gifted player ever to step on the
LaCHAWN ANDERSON 6’4,
170-pound Forward College of Lake County, Illinois)
In his final season in junior college, Anderson averaged 20
points per game. He was instrumental in leading his team to
a third place finish in this year’s National Junior College
Division II Championships and was also selected first team
in Region IV.
CONNOR SAYS: “LaChawn simply is a highly talented combination
of three players from last year’s team (Nick Malinowski,
Eddie Moss, and William “Mooky” Preston). He can
do it all and will be a great ambassador of the college both
on and off the floor.”
FRED DURR 6’7, 215-pound
forward (Kankakee, C.C.-Illinois)
Durr was considered by “Lindy’s College Basketball” (written
by well-known national scout Van Coleman) to be the sixth rated
wing-forward in the nation. Fred chose OPSU to have the opportunity
to reach his potential as well as to earn his degree.
CONNOR SAYS: “He’s probably the most decorated
player of our 2006-2007 recruiting class. I know he’s
excited about our organization and the results from last year’s
seniors. Fans can expect big things.”
ANTOINE CALLUM 6’9,
235-pound Center (College of Lake County, Illinois)
Callum was a teammate with LaChawn Anderson as they helped
College of Lake County earn their best national tournament
finish in school history. Callum will be groomed to help anchor
the center position vacated by big Aaron Harrison. He is a
tremendous shot-blocker who consistently outruns guards down
CONNOR SAYS: “Antoine is highly
motivated to prove people wrong on the offensive end. He
has a great attitude and will thrive within our offensive
REGINALD MALONE 6’8,
240-pound Center (Kennedy King College, Illinois)
Malone was a huge part of Kennedy King’s 20-win season
under Coach Garland Dildy. He was second in Region IV field
goals with 63% (72 of 117) and finished his season averaging
12 points and ten rebounds per game. He was the most feared
big man on the boards in the Arrowhead Conference.
CONNOR SAYS: “Once Coach Dildy told me that Reggie is
one of the toughest players he has ever coached, I immediately
called Reggie and got him aboard. Winning championships starts
with grit and toughness…Reggie will lead that charge!”
E.J. OLLISON 6’2,
180-pound Point Guard (Riverside C.C.-California)
Last season, Ollison led his team to a 20-win season and was
recruited by many Division I schools. He graduated from the
same high school (Crane in Chicago) as did Tim Anderson. Ollison
defines his position by putting his teammates first.
CONNOR SAYS: “He’s one of
those kids that, once you meet him, you just gravitate toward
his energy and enthusiasm for his teammates.”
AARON (“A.J.”) JACKSON 6’1,
190-pound Pont Guard (Triton C.C.)
A.J. led the Connor-coached Triton team to the nationals in
2004. His tremendous performances during that run garnered
him Region IV “Most Valuable Player.” He was also
selected to the prestigious Illinois High School Basketball
North All-State team prior to joining JUCO ranks.
CONNOR SAYS: “A.J. carried our
2004 Triton team with big offensive and defensive plays.
Our fans can expect the same results here at OPSU. He gives
us huge flexibility at the guard position.”
In addition to what he says about the
progress and potential of his overall team, Connor also has
plenty to say about his players’ work ethic in the
classroom and pushes for excellence there as well. Last May,
six of his student-athletes earned their degrees.
The Aggie basketball players have been
staying in shape over the summer and it won’t be long
before they are back on campus working toward more athletic
and academic excellence.