TULSA, Okla.. – Oral Roberts men's basketball coach Scott Sutton has announced the addition of Dezmond McDaniel and Jontray Harris, both of whom signed NLIs during the most recent signing period. With the additions, ORU will bring in four newcomers next year, including three freshmen.
"I'm really excited about both of these guys," said Coach Scott Sutton. "We feel like they are both great kids who will excel in our program and at Oral Roberts University."
Dezmond McDaniel (5-11 | 165 | Kansas City, Mo.//Archbishop O'Hara HS)
Continuing ORU's tradition in the Kansas City area, McDaniel will join the Golden Eagles from Archbishop O'Hara HS where he played for Coach Mark Scanlon. His squad was 22-5 with a conference championship after an undefeated conference record, and McDaniel was selected for the Missouri/Kansas All-Star Game. He was the conference player of the year as a junior and senior and was a first team all-state selection as a senior. He earned all-conference all four years and all-district honors three times. He scored more than 1,500 points in high school and is the second leading scorer in O'Hara basketball history, averaging 22.5 points, six assists and three steals per game as a senior. McDaniel is the son of Angela Holzbaur and Terrence McDaniel, who was a baseball player for the New York Mets.
McDaniel on his decision to play at ORU
"I chose ORU because I loved the coaching staff and wanted to go somewhere I could make an immediate impact."
Sutton on McDaniel
"Dez is a great fit for our university. With two senior point guards on the roster, we felt like we needed to go out and get a high school point guard and we got a very talented one in Dez. He is a tremendous scorer and passer. He's a guy that really gets his teammates involved. We have had a ton of success with players from Kansas City so it is great to get another very talented player from that area."
Jontray Harris (6-3 | 180 | Austin, Texas//Hesston College//Reagan HS)
Harris will transfer in as a sophomore from Hesston College, where he helped lead his squad to an 18-12 record. He scored a season-high 34 points against NOC-Enid and averaged a team-best 18.6 points per game, shooting nearly 40 percent from 3-point range and also led his squad at 8.1 rebounds per contest. The son of Shlinda and James Harris, he chose ORU over Missouri State, Omaha, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State and others. At John H. Reagan High School, Harris graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was a two time first team all-district selection and the district MVP. In high school, Harris hit the 50-point mark against Lanier High School and was an All-Central Texas selection. In addition to his basketball abilities, Harris was also a standout on the football field and the track.
Harris on his decision to play at ORU
"ORU is the best fit for me to grow in all aspects of my life; spiritually, mentally and physically."
Sutton on Harris
"Jontray is a great scorer with good size. He is a tremendous young man and a great fit for our program and our university. He will have three years of eligibility for us, which is a bonus coming from a junior college."
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