The ORU women’s basketball team made a big splash last week announcing the signing of five players to national letters of intent. Head Coach Misti Cussen continues to land highly coveted Oklahoma and international recruits for the program.
ORU signed two guards with state championship experience:
Ashley Beatty – Beatty scored 21.9 points per game as a junior guard at Anadarko high school and led the team to the OSSAA 4A state championship game and won the state championship as a sophomore. She won first team Oklahoma All-State honors in 2012-13.
Rylie Torrey – Torrey has been a standout guard at Locust Grove High School since she arrived. She averaged almost 16 points per game as a junior and led her team in back-to-back state championship games.
“We know that Ashley and Rylie are going to bring a great deal of offensive fire power to our guards,” Cussen said. “We’ve been able to see the girls here locally playing for solid programs at Anadarko and Locust Grove, so we know they have high basketball IQ’s and the expectation of winning.”
Cussen also continued her strong recruiting efforts overseas. Three future Golden Eagles come from international programs. They will be expected to fill the roles of departing seniors Vicky McIntyre and Detti Balla.
Fejes Fruzsina – Fruzsina was a FIBA 18-under national champion in Hungary. The 6-foot-4-inch power forward was MVP of her team in 2011 and 2012.
Maria Martianez Vendrell – Martianez Vendrell was a part of two Spanish National Championship victories and played in two other national championship games. She was a member of the 19-under national team that placed second to the U.S. at the World Championships in 2011.
Tijana Raca – Raca brings multiple championships to ORU. She won titles in 2013 and 2014 for Aristoteleio College High. She also won two consecutive 18-under national championships with Paok in the Greece “A” Division in 2012 and 2013.
“With this class, we needed to replace the graduation of our senior post players,” Cussen said. “Fejes, Tijana and Maria wil step in with an immediate impact to our interior game.”
The men’s team signed four players of their own on signing day. Head Coach Scott Sutton brings in two Tulsa natives and some out of state talent.
Chris Miller – The Booker T. Washington product averaged 12.4 points and 13 rebounds per game as a junior. The 6-foot-7-inch forward had interest from Arkansas, Georgia, Arizona State and Eastern Illinois.
Chris Crawford – Crawford will make the short trip from Victory Christian to ORU. Crawford averaged 22.3 points per game during his junior year. He has played in the 4A state tournament each of the last three years.
Kristopher Martin – Martin comes from a very successful program at Dallas-Kimball High School. The team has won three state championships in four years. Martin earned a two-star recruit ranking from ESPN.
Javan White – White already had ORU connections. His mother is an alumna. He averaged 10.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and two blocks per game as a junior last season.
“I’m excited about this class,” Sutton said. “I think it is a very skilled and talented foursome. They are all high character guys who came from good high school programs where they were very well coached.”
Fans will see how talented these new players are beginning in the fall of 2015.