NewsEight Players to Join Cougar Basketball Program
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University menís basketball program has added eight more players for the 2005-2006 season. Tad Davis, Derrick Ream, Steve Williams, Matt McKinley, Kyle Dunaway, Stefan Vasiloff, Brian Wirzfeld, and B.J. Hughes will all be a part of the junior varsity team for the Cougars.
Davis, a 6-foot-2 guard from Bellville, Ohio, averaged 12.0 points, 2.4 assists, and 3.0 steals per game as a senior at Clear Fork High School. He was selected to the All-District 6 Second Team in addition to being both an Honorable Mention All-Northwest District and an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection. In addition, Davis was named to the Mansfield News Journal Honorable Mention list.
Ream, a 6-foot-3 guard/forward from Mansfield, Ohio, is transferring to MVNU after one season at Hiram College. As a senior at Mansfield Christian High School, Ream averaged 20.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He was named to the All-District Second Team and played in the Mansfield News Journal All-Star Classic following his senior season.
Williams, a 6-foot-2 guard from Cleveland, Ohio, averaged 16.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game as a senior at Cornerstone Christian Academy. For his efforts, Williams was named to the East Suburban Conference First Team and the News Herald Second Team. He was also an All-Lake County and Cleveland Plain Dealer Honorable Mention pick.
McKinley, a 6-foot-4 forward from Columbus, Ohio, averaged 14.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game as a senior at Franklin Heights High School. He was named to the Ohio Capital Conference First Team and the All-District Honorable Mention Team as a senior. In addition, he was a two-year member of National Honor Society and a four-year member of Student Council at Franklin Heights.
Dunaway, a 6-foot-4 forward from Miamisburg, Ohio, averaged 9.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game as a senior at Valley View High School. He was also on the National Honor Roll during his junior and senior seasons.
Vasiloff, a 6-foot-1 guard from Columbus, Ohio, averaged 19.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as a senior at Franklin Heights High School in 2003-2004. He was a two-time All-Conference Second Team selection and made a school-record eight three-pointers in a game versus Chillicothe in 2004. Vasiloff played baseball at Otterbein College in 2005 before transferring to MVNU.
Wirzfeld, a 6-foot-3 guard from Ironton, Ohio, shot 56.5 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range, and 85 percent from the free throw line as a senior at Ironton High School as his team finished as the state runner-up.
Hughes, a 6-foot-2 guard from Logan, Ohio, averaged 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game as a senior at Logan High School. He was a two-time All-South Eastern Ohio League, All-District, and Honorable Mention All-Ohio selection.
MVNU posted a 21-11 overall record in 2004-2005 as the Cougars topped the 20-win mark for the eighth time in nine seasons. The team also finished third in the highly competitive American Mideast Conference South Division with an 11-7 mark and qualified for the AMC Tournament.