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OJC Press Release ID: 2547

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 OJC Men’s Basketball recruiting class

Fresh off a year in which the Otero Junior College Men’s Basketball team finished with a record of 27-6 and was ranked #20th in the country, new Head Coach Brendan O’Connor is pleased to announce eleven new additions to the program for next season. This recruiting class, along with potential walk-ons, will join returning sophomores Matt Cameron, Charles Gavin, and Jordan Jones to form the Rattler Men’s Basketball team for 2016-2017.
(Signees in Alphabetical Order)

Andre Arissol
Northhamptonshire, England

Andre Arissol comes to Otero from Charnwood College in Loughborough, England where he led his EABL team to the Championship this past season. The explosive 6’3 guard averaged 17 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. Andre also just made the roster for Great Britain’s U20 National team and competed in the European Championships. O’Connor had this to say about Arissol, “Andre is a phenomenal fit for our program. His quickness, ability to get to the rim, and defensive prowess will greatly help our team. Andre has a chance to be special.”

Jesse Barnes
Skidegate, British Columbia

Jesse Barnes, from Athlete Institute Prep in Toronto, Canada will bring size and athleticism to the Rattler roster. At 6’8 and 225lbs, Barnes is a very strong athlete with great length. He was a member of Athlete Institute Prep’s team that also featured NBA draft pick Thon Maker. O’Connor added, “We are thrilled to add Jesse to our team for next year. His size, skill, and athleticism are a tremendous combination and will be very valuable to our program.”

Chudier Bile
Denver, Colorado

Chudier Bile, a 6’6 wing, will provide great length and athleticism for the Rattlers. While at Denver South High School this past season, Chudier averaged 19.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He earned 1st team All-Conference honors and was named 4A All-State Honorable Mention. O’Connor remarked, “We are really excited to see how Chudier develops here at Otero. He has all the tools to be a very good, multi-tool player.

Sekou Cisse
Denver, Colorado

Sekou Cisse is an athletic wing that prepped at Montbello High School and played for the Colorado Connect AAU program. Cisse averaged 13. 8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while being voted his Team’s MVP. O’Connor had this to say about the 6’4 185 pound wing, “Sekou is a tough kid that has a chance to really grow in our program. We really like his mental toughness and the way he competes. We always have room for guys like that on our team.”

Connor Hale
Rye, Colorado

After playing for his Father, Jim Hale, at Rye High School, Connor Hale is a sharp-shooting guard that can score in a variety of ways. At 6’2 and 180 pounds, Hale averaged 21 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. The All-State guard also owns the school record for most points in a career at 1,647.  O’Connor added, “We have been watching Connor since he was a kid coming with his Dad to our team camp. His toughness, intelligence, and ability to score the basketball will be great additions to our program.”

Kade Hileman
El Reno, OK

After playing high school basketball at El Reno High school, Kade Hileman comes to Otero with a tremendous upside. The two-sport athlete (football) is a 6’7 big man that can play inside and out. Kade helped his team to an 18-7 season and a run in the State Tournament. O’Connor had this to say about Hileman, “We saw Kade at a workout in Oklahoma City. The workout was more geared towards guards, but Kade was doing everything they were doing and really impressed us with this athleticism and skill level.”

Josh McNair
Thorton, CO

Josh comes to Otero after playing at Laramie County Community College last season. The 6’6 wing played at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver while also competing for Colorado Connect AAU. McNair averaged 10 points and 5 rebounds per game last year at LCCC. O’Connor remarked, “Josh is a tremendous player and an even better person. He is great at getting to the rim and finishing plays. Also, he is a great rebounder and defender. We are thrilled he decided to transfer here.”

Jervae Robinson
Aurora, CO

Another Colorado standout, Jervae Robinson, is a 6’2 dynamic point guard with the ability to play and guard multiple positions. Jervae averaged 13 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3 assists while helping lead Overland High School to the 5A State Championship this season. He was also named 5A 1st Team All-State. O’Connor had this to say about Jervae, “We are ecstatic about having a point guard of Jervae’s caliber. He is a tremendous player with a great change of speed and direction, but we are even more impressed with his leadership capabilities and his ability to run a team.”

Jonathan Scott
Monument, CO

After being a three-year starter at Lewis-Palmer High School, Jonathan Scott is an athletic guard at 6’4 with great versatility. This past season, Jonathan was 4A 2nd Team All-State and helped LP to a 24-2 record while averaging 17.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. O’Connor added, “Jonathan can be really impactful on the floor without touching the basketball. We thought he could have scored more at LP but he distributed the ball so his team could be successful. We always want guys that put their TEAM first.”

Michael Sparks
Denver, CO

A jet-quick guard that can score in a variety of ways, Michael Sparks comes to Otero after playing at Western Nebraska Community College last season. He averaged 12 points and 2.4 assists as a freshman. Originally from Denver, Sparks played at Lincoln High School.  O’Connor remarked, “Michael is the type of person we want here at Otero. He is a tremendous player, but an even better leader. His experience, toughness, and work ethic will be invaluable to our team next season. We are looking forward to coaching him.”

Will Wittman
Arvada, CO

After helping Arvada West High School to a 17-9 record and the 5A Sweet Sixteen, Will joins the Rattlers as a 6’3 wing. Wittman averaged 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2 assists per game this past season and was named 2nd team all-conference. O’Connor added, “We really feel like Will’s best basketball is in front of him. He has great skill and athleticism at the wing position and is only going to get better. Will also has a great IQ and an understanding of the game which we value in our program.”

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