The Rogers State men’s basketball program has added four players — two freshmen and two transfers — to the fold for year two.

RSU enjoyed a successful inaugural season, finishing one win shy of qualifying for the national tournament in 2007-08, and lost only senior from that squad.

With three of the four newcomers poised to make an immediate impact, first-year coach Lloyd Williams says he believes RSU has the pieces necessary to compete on the national stage this season.

“We’re very excited about adding these four guys to our program,” Williams said. “They possess the kind of talent and work ethic we need to take our team to the next level.”

Sophomore guards Deveric Taylor and Matt Kellogg join the Hillcats with a year of college experience already under their belts.

Taylor, who played one year at Northern Arizona before sitting out last season, is the Hillcats’ seventh NCAA Division I transfer in two years. Kellogg is a sharpshooter from the perimeter who played his freshman season at Sheridan (Wyo.) Junior College.

Freshmen Scott Farrington and Nathan Gurley add size and athleticism to a strong mix of front-court players. Farrington, a 6-9 forward from Nassau, Bahamas, originally signed with Oral Roberts University. Gurley is slated to redshirt this season.

The Hillcats open the season Nov. 1 at the Claremore Expo. Season ticket renewals and Hillcat Club memberships are on sale. General season ticket sales will be made available to the public beginning Oct. 1.

Coach Lloyd Williams’

comments on 2008 recruits

Deveric Taylor (g, 6-2, 230, soph, Dallas, Northern Arizona) — “Deveric is a smart and physical style guard. He really wants to get to the bucket and can shoot the 3 as well. We expect him to step in immediately and give us another guard that will play hard every night.”

Matt Kellogg (g, 6-0, 170, soph, Albuquerque, Sheridan (Wyo.) JC) — “We are very excited to add Matt to our team. He is a combo guard who can really shoot it from deep, but has great vision in the open floor as well. He will also help us with his intelligence on the floor.”

Scott Farrington (f, 6-9, 210, fresh, Nassau, Bahamas) — “Scotty is probably our best athlete when it comes to running and jumping. He has an unbelievable ability to block shots in the paint which will allow us to pressure the ball more on the perimeter. We feel really good about his ability to rebound as well.”

Nathan Gurley (f, 6-4, 180, fresh, Houston) — “Nathan will redshirt this year, but we expect him to do really big things for us over the next five years. He can shoot and get to the bucket with great athleticism. He is by far the best all-around young player in our program and we can’t wait to see him on the floor.”

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