NewsCougars Land First Hoops Recruit for 2003-2004 Season
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's basketball team has signed its first recruit for the 2003-2004 season with the addition of John Regula.
Regula, a 6-foot-5 guard from Fresno, Ohio, has signed a letter of intent to further his education and continue his basketball career at MVNU. As a junior at Garaway High School, Regula averaged 11 points and a team-high 5.5 assists in leading the Pirates to the regional finalist spot last year. For his efforts, he was named to the Eastern District First Team, the District 5 Second Team, the Inter Valley Conference Second Team, and the Special Mention All-Ohio Team.
"We are excited to have John sign with us," said MVNU head coach Scott Flemming. "He is one of the most versatile players that we have recruited. He is a player with size who has very good perimeter skills. The fact that he played point guard when he was younger has now enhanced his game as he has grown. He will be able to play at least three different positions for us. I really believe that his best days are ahead of him. He is also a fine young man and a strong student academically."
"After talking to Coach Flemming and visiting the campus, I just felt comfortable," said Regula of his college choice. "It was a good environment, a good Christian environment. I wanted to go to a school with a good, solid program and Coach Flemming has been there for thirteen years. I went to other schools about the same size as Mount Vernon, but none had as much to offer as Mount Vernon."
"Signing early also takes the load off my shoulders just to know that the decision has been made and it's over with," Regula added. "I don't have to go out and try to impress coaches. I can just play basketball."
Over the past six seasons, MVNU has compiled one of the best records in NAIA Division II with a 146-55 mark (.726 winning percentage). The Cougars have won one National Christian College Athletic Association national title (in 2002) and made three appearances in the NAIA Division II National Tournament (1998, 1999, and 2000) during that span.