ALVA, Okla. - Head coach Andrew Brown was busy on national signing day announcing six individuals have committed to play men's basketball at Northwestern for the 2012-13 school year at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Rhett Radcliff (6-2* PG * Forgan, Okla., Forgan High School) was a major part of Forgan's state championship teams in both his junior and senior seasons. The point guard lost just three games over the final two years of his playing career and just 10 times over his four-year varsity career. Radcliff scored 16.1 points, grabbed 6.2 rebounds and dished 5.4 assists per game for his career.
"Rhett is a true point guard that can really shoot and does a great job of getting his teammates the ball in good spots, Brown said. "This kid does not have any glaring weaknesses and does everything on the floor very well. He fits in really well with our style of play and I love the way he runs the show."
Ryan Radcliff (6-2 * SG * Forgan, Okla., Forgan High School) averaged 14.6 points per game over his four year varsity career. Ryan, like his twin brother, won two consecutive state championships and lost just 10 games over his four-year varsity career. Ryan Radcliff also averaged just under seven rebounds and two steals for his career. He was a state champion high jumper in 2010 and a four-year all-conference football player. The young man is passionate about academics, too, as he earned a 3.15 grade point average in high school. He also was the Oklahoma University Engineering Contest Champion in 2010.
"Ryan plays with a ton of energy and impacts the game with his athleticism, energy and toughness. He has a scorer's mentality and can score in a variety of ways," Brown said. "I love the way he rebounds and defends, and he will be a big part of what we're doing at Northwestern."
Dwight McElroy (6-4 * PF * Chouteau HS, Chouteau, Okla.) avearaged 13.6 points per game over a 100-game career at Chouteau. He was named the Super Seven Conference's Most Valuable Player during his senior season averaging 19 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. McElroy shot 63 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the arc. McElroy was named to the Super Seven All-Conference teams in both his sophomore and junior year as well.
"Dwight is a really physical tough power forward that has the ability to hit the perimeter shot, post up and get to the basket off the dribble," Brown said. "I really like his intensity and his energy."
Demarcus Sparks ( 6-4 * PF * Aldine High School, Houston, Texas) averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds per game during his senior season at Aldine High School. Sparks also averaged six blocks per game and was named First Team All-District in Texas. He was the team's captain and named to the All-Tournament team for the Houston Jaycees.
"Demarcus plays like he's 6-7 because of his energy and wing span. He is very raw but has a ton of upside and his work ethic will allow him to reach his potential," Brown said. "He is a very good shot blocker, rebounder and really defends. I think his best basketball is ahead of him."
Jackson Harris (6-4 * F * St. Pius X High School, Houston, Texas) was a two-year starter at St. Pius averaging 11 points and seven rebounds a game. He was named Second Team All-District for the 2010-11 season and First Team All-District for the 2011-12 season. Harris has excelled in the classroom earning a 3.4 grade point average.
"Jackson is a really hard worker that is determined to be a good college player. We love his work ethic, his toughness and his willingess to do whatever it takes to win," Brown said. "Jackson shoots the perimeter shot well and brings toughness to the boards."
Bruce Wright (6-8* Northlake College) averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game at Northlake College. Wright shot 49 percent from the field and 37 percent from outside the arc. He was named Third Team All-Conference and the team's captain. He was a force inside blocking 27 shots in 2011-12.
"He is a true stretch at the four," Brown said. "He can really shoot the ball, plays really hard and has the ability to post up and score. I like his versatility and the attitude he will bring to our team."
Wed, April 11, 2012
by Allan Scarabello