Cowboy Basketball Signing Day Central

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese Cowboys basketball head coach John Aiken has announced the signing of three players on Wednesday, the first day of the signing period, and expects to sign four more players in the coming weeks.

The Cowboys fielded second transfer guard Rashad Bolden of Southern Mississippi, second-time transfer forward Robert Berze of Eastern Florida State College and Donovan Oday of Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas.

“One thing we prioritized in this class is recruiting winners, and that’s what we have done,” Aiken said. “These players are relentless workers, have good IQs and will help us establish what we are building here and that is to win.

“We plan to pick up more players over the next few days and weeks as we bring guys in for visits. The most important thing for me in this class has been to recruit reliable guys who are known for working and have a track record to win. We will continue to recruit high quality young men who will help develop our culture and ultimately bring championships back to Lake Charles. “

Robert Berze • F • 6-6 • 200 • Soph.-TR • Eastern Fla. • Sigulda, Latvia • Rigas Hanzas Vidusskola



Aiken på Berze: “Robert is a bigger wing who can slide to the 4th in a lineup with small ball. He can really shoot it, has a great IQ and really fits into modern offensive basketball. He is a relentless worker and will help us continue to establish a culture of reliability and work. “



In Eastern Florida State: 1st Team All-Central Conference … a freshman in the second year, averaged 11.1 points in 31 games played (30 starts) … dropped 37 percent from the three-point row … fell 84 percent at the free throw line and 40 percent total from the field … deducted 3.9 rebounds and dealt 1.4 assists per. match … scored double digits 18 times and had 20 or more points twice … 29 points against Miami Dade College and two days later scored 27 in a win over ASA Brooklyn Avengers … had season-high 10 rebounds to go together with 10 points for his lone double-double of the season in a win over St. Louis. Petersburg College … helped lead the team to a record 22-9 and 12-3 conference mark … in two seasons at the EFSC, appearing in 53 games, making 32 starts.



Rashad Bolden • G • 6-0 • 168 • Soph.-TR • Southern Miss. • Jackson, Miss. • St. Andrew’s



Aiken på Bolden: “Rashad is a guy that I’ve been following for a long time. He’s triple head of state. Anyone who’s been around Rashad is just happy with who he is as a young man and how he affects those around him. He will give “We have some experience in the point guard position and also have the ability to score the ball. We are happy to have him for the next three years and add to our very strong second group.”



At Southern Miss: CUSA All-Freshman Team … Appeared in 33 matches and made 30 starts as a true freshman … averaging 6.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. match … an average of 26.8 minutes per. match … dropped 36 percent from the field, 29 percent from the 3-point range and 81 percent on the free-throw line … scored double figures eight times with a maximum of 29 points in a victory over UNCW, where he connected on 11 of 12 from the field , 5 of 6 from long range and 2-2 on the line… season’s highest six assists vs. UTEP… came off the bench the first three games of the season and then started the next 30.



High school: Three-time head of state at St. Andrew’s … Hit a game-high 23 points in the 2021 State Championship match … averaging 25.1 ppg, 6.5 rebounds and four assists as a sophomore … Twice Dandy Dozen at. St. Andrew’s … Mississippi / Alabama All-Star Game MVP … North / South Game MVP … Twice first team All-State member.

Personal: Born in Jackson, Miss … prepared for St. Andrew’s in Jackson … Dad, Randy, twice became SWAC player of the year in Texas Southern and played professionally in Brazil, Iceland and Canada.



Donovan Oday • G • 6-3 • 175 • Fr.-HS • Arlington, Texas • Mansfield Timberview HS



Aiken on Oday: “Donovan is a guy that we identified last summer and followed him through his senior year. He is a winner. He is a two-time state champion in Texas with a third championship game in the last season. He is a versatile, athletic player and needs to develop to a guy who can play all three perimeter pitches for us. He has a very complex demeanor. “



At Mansfield Timberview HS: 1st Team All-District 8-5A … UIL 5A Region 1 Regional All-Tournament … UIL 5A State Tournament All-Tournament … TABC 5A All-Region … TABC 5A All-State … helped guide his team to an overall record of 36-5 and a district title mark of 14-1.

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