Oral Roberts Signs Trio of Prep School Teammates
TULSA-Cornerstone (Texas) Christian School teammates Jonathan Dunn (Toledo, Ohio), Tim Morton (Greenbelt, Md.) and Clement N'Gom (Gue de Longroi, France) have signed National Letters-of-Intent to play basketball at Oral Roberts University, ORU head coach Scott Sutton announced on Friday.
The trio helped lead coach Walter Webb's Cornerstone Christian (San Antonio, Texas) elite prep team to a 32-11 record and the National Association of Christian Athletes national championship in March.
"I'm excited about all three players," said ORU head coach Scott Sutton. "All of them come from a great basketball program at Cornerstone where they spent the past year playing against some of the best high school players in the country. Jonathan, Tim and Clement have a chance to make an immediate impact on our program."
Dunn, a 6-4, 190-pound guard averaged 11.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists for the Warriors last season. Dunn scored 13 points in the NACA championship game victory over Genesis One (Miss.) Academy.
"Jonathan is a confident player," said Sutton. "He does lots of things well. He's a good shooter, and he can also play the point some. He's a leader. Jonathan is everything you look for in a guard."
A 2006 graduate of Toledo's St. John's Jesuit, Dunn helped lead the Titans to a 21-6 record as senior and an appearance in the Division I state semi-finals. Dunn averaged 19.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 56 percent overall, 40 percent from 3-point range and 79 percent from the free throw line.
Dunn was a Division I Second Team All-Ohio selection as a senior. Dunn, who didn't become a full-time starter until his senior season at St. John's Jesuit, was also named to the Toledo Blade's All-Blade Boys Basketball first team in 2006.
Dunn chose ORU after making official visits to Georgia and Indian, and an unofficial visit to Houston. He was also courted by Tennessee.
Morton, a 6-8, 220-pound forward enjoyed a solid season with the Warriors, averaging 9.4 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
"Tim is a little raw on the offensive end, but he's a great rebounder and a good defender," said Sutton. "He's also a pretty strong kid. With the loss of (3-time All-American) Caleb Green, we needed to address the low-post in recruiting and we feel like Tim will be a very productive player in our program."
A 2006 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High in suburban Washington, D.C., Morton helped lead Roosevelt to a 25-2 record and the state championship game. Morton started every game for the Raiders, averaging 9.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
Morton ranks among the top seniors in Texas, landing at No. 29 on Mike Kunstadt's TexasHoops.com Top 105 list. He chose ORU over several other Division I schools in the Washington, D.C. area. Virginia, Wake Forest and Memphis all showed an interest. Morton is ORU's first signee from the Old Line State since Boyce Cherry (Hyattsville, 1986-87).
N'Gom, a 6-5, 205-pound swingman, has spent the last two seasons at Cornerstone. This past season N'Gom averaged 17.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game.
"I'm really excited about the qualities Clement brings to the table," said Sutton. "He has a really strong game. He owns great size for a guard, he's a tremendous defender, and he's also very good in the open floor. Clement is a nice find for us."
N'Gom also ranks among the top seniors in Texas, landing at No. 65 on the TexasHoops.com Top 105. He chose ORU over Houston, Liberty and Wyoming. N'Gom is the first European player to sign with the Golden Eagles since Andy Mathurin (England, 2000-03).
By signing Dunn, Morton and N'Gom, the Golden Eagles' entire 2007-08 recruiting class is comprised of players from Texas, either directly or indirectly. Since the start of 2000-01 season, the Golden Eagles have signed 13 players from the Lone Star State.
"Texas produces so many outstanding players," said Sutton. "We've been fortunate to get some top quality kids from the state. Because of our recruiting success there in the past and our success on the court, kids in Texas are now pretty familiar with us, especially in Dallas.
"But we're beginning to expand and recruit more outside of the Metroplex, as evidenced by the fact that four of our five signees this year are from Houston and San Antonio. Obviously, Texas has been good to our program."