Mount Vernon Nazarene University
800 Martinsburg Rd
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
MVNU Men's Basketball Team Fills
out JV Roster
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University
men's basketball team has signed seven players to its junior
varsity roster for the 2002-2003 season.
Andrew Dempsey, Chris VanSchepen, Matt Nienaber, Jarrod Hittle,
Josh Haumschild, Steve Kordella, and Eric McKenzie have each
signed letters of intent to further their education and continue
their basketball careers at MVNU.
Dempsey, a 6-foot-2 guard/forward from Columbus, Ohio, averaged
22.8 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior at Liberty
Christian Academy as he was named the Mid-Ohio Christian
Athletic League Player of the Year. He was also Liberty
Christian's all-time leading scorer and career leader in
"Andrew has had an outstanding high school career,"
said MVNU head coach Scott Flemming. "He is a versatile
player who can play several positions. He can score from inside
or from beyond the arc. He has the potential to be a productive
VanSchepen, a 6-foot-4 forward from Columbus, Ohio, averaged
16.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Tree of
Life Christian School. He was named to the Mid-Ohio Christian
Athletic League First Team, the Central District Second Team,
and the All-Ohio Division IV Honorable Mention Team after
helping Tree of Life to a conference title.
"Chris has good skills for his size," said Flemming.
"He comes from a solid high school program where he was
coached by former MVNU standout Joe Arndt. I see Chris really
developing as he puts on some weight and gains experience."
Nienaber, a 5-foot-11 guard from Springfield, Ohio, averaged
14.1 points and 3.5 assists per game as a senior at Kenton Ridge
High School. He was selected to the Central Buckeye Conference
First Team and set a school single-season record by making 62
"Matt can play either guard position," said Flemming.
"His strength is his perimeter shooting. He is also an
Hittle, a 6-foot guard from Zanesville, Ohio, averaged 10.0
points and 3.8 rebounds per game as a senior at West Muskingum
High School and was a Muskingum Valley League First Team
selection. He also shot 47.1 percent from beyond the three-point
"Jarrod is a hard-nosed player that will be used at a wing
position," said Flemming. "He is also a very fine
Haumschild, a 6-foot-5 center from Warsaw, Ohio, averaged 4.8
points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.6 blocked shots per game as a senior
at River View High School. He was also a MVL Honorable Mention
and Eastern Ohio District Special Mention pick.
"Josh has the ability to score around the basket,"
said Flemming. "He will be used primarily in the post this
Kordella, a 6-foot-1 guard from Mentor, Ohio, averaged 15.0
points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game as a senior at
Cornerstone Christian Academy. He was also named as a Cleveland
Plain Dealer Honorable Mention All-Star.
"Steve is most effective in an up-tempo style of
play," said Flemming. "We will use him as a combo
guard since he can play either guard position. He comes from a
successful high school program."
McKenzie, a 6-foot-1 guard from Alexandria, Kentucky, averaged
12.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game as a senior
at Calvary Christian School. He was also named to the Northern
Kentucky Athletic Conference All-Star Team in 2002 and selected
to play in the Northern Kentucky Senior All-Star game.
"Eric is a blue collar wing player," said Flemming.
"He will play at both the guard and the forward spot. He
plays with a high level of intensity."
MVNU is coming off a 24-11 season in 2001-2002 in which the
Cougars won 12 of their final 14 games and claimed the program's
first-ever National Christian College Athletic Association
national title with a 103-94 victory over NCAA Division I
Gardner-Webb (N.C.) University in the championship game of the
NCCAA National Tournament.