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July 2, 2014

Tinsley’s first four

New NSU coach inks 1st signing class

Northeastern State men’s basketball coach Jason Tinsley announced Tuesday the addition of four recruits for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

The first signing class for NSU’s new coach includes two transfers and two high school seniors. The signees also include three guards and one forward.

“All four of our signees are strong academically and have high character,” Tinsley said. “Their families have done a good job of instilling the importance of an education and being a good citizen.”

Mytaa'h Crawford, a 6-foot-3 guard from Springdale, Arkansas, has joined the NSU men’s basketball program after having spent the past two seasons playing for the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Crawford played 36 games as a member of the Lions and registered 56 points (1.6 ppg), 20 rebounds (0.6 rpg), 13 assists (0.4 apg), eight steals (0.2 spg), and one block in 196 minutes (5.4 mpg). He finished 20-for-53 (37.7 percent) from the field, 6-for-23 (26.1 percent) from distance and 10-for-30 (33.3 percent) at the free-throw line.

The Springdale High School was a three-time 7A All-Conference selection, a two-time all-state tournament team member and a three-time All-Big 6 Basketball Team honoree (Northwest Arkansas region).

“Mytaa’h is a very athletic, slashing wing. He is a scorer that has the size and strength to get to the rim and finish against bigger defenders," Tinsley said. "He can also make the perimeter shot. With his length and athleticism, he could be a really good defender that's capable of guarding multiple positions for us."

At six feet even, Trey Mohair comes to Tahlequah after having spent the past season at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Mohair played in 28 games and averaged 9.6 points. He also finished with 91 rebounds (3.2 rpg), 80 assists (2.9 apg), 65 steals (2.3 spg), and two blocks. He shot 56.4 percent (88-for-156) from the field, 36.8 percent (14-for-38) from downtown and 73.1 percent (79-for-108) at the free-throw line in 23.3 minutes per game (652 total).

He helped lead the team to a 21-9 record.

Mohair was an all-state performer at Denton Ryan High School and helped lead the team to the Class 5-A semifinals in 2012.

“Trey is a strong, physical and tough point guard which is important in the MIAA," Tinsley said. "He does a good job of protecting the ball and making good decisions, which is a big reason why he averaged only one turnover per game this past year. He is very good at breaking down the defense and making the pull-up midrange shot.”

Montre Williams, a 6-foot guard, averaged 15 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals this past season for Copperas Cove High School. He led the Bulldawgs in both assists and steals, and he was also named the team’s defensive MVP. He landed on the All-District 8 5A First Team. He helped lead CCHS to a 19-14 record this past season and a berth in the state playoffs. He was coached by Billy White, Jr.

“We recruited Montre as a point guard but he will also be able to help us at the 2-guard with his ability to shoot the ball," Tinsley said. "He has good ball skills and quickness that allows him to get around people. He does a good job of making the midrange shot off the dribble and finishing at the rim. He defends well both on and off the ball. He has good instincts defensively.”

An Allen, Texas, native at six feet, four inches, CJ Winzer averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds this past year. He led the Allen High School Eagles to a 27-9 mark and an appearance in the Class 5A state semifinals. He was named to the All-District 10-5A Second Team.

“CJ is a late bloomer that really came into his own his senior year. He is very athletic and explosive around the basket," Tinsley said. "This coupled with a measured wing span of 6 feet 10 inches allows him to get a lot of tip-ins on the offensive end and change shots on the defensive end. He will play both the power forward and small forward for us. He is a high-energy guy that doesn't mind taking the charge or getting on the floor for the loose ball.”

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