For Release: (Immediately: July 23, 2013)
Springfield, Mo. – The Evangel University men’s basketball has signed three more players for the 2013-14 season.
The Crusaders will add guard Neyko Dominguez, forward Sheldon Cooks and forward Billy Thompson, Jr.
Neyko Dominguez averaged 14.9 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds for St. Clair (Mo.) High School last year. The 6-0 guard was named as a unanimous selection as a first team All-Four Rivers Conference performer and was a first team all-district selection.
Sheldon Cooks transfers to Evangel from Madison Community College in Wisconsin. Cooks averaged 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds last year. The 6-7 forward played for Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin averaging 9 points per game and was an honorable mention all-conference selection.
Billy Thompson, Jr. has also signed with Evangel out of Broward Junior College in Florida. He averaged 3.1 points and 5.4 rebounds last year for a team that went 17-12. The 6-5, 220 pound forward played for Pine Crest High School in Boca Raton, Florida where he averaged 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds on a team that finished 25-4 and advanced to the state final four in class 4A.
Thompson’s father played six NBA seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. He played collegiate basketball for Louisville and was the leading scorer on the Cardinals 1986 NCAA National Championship. Thompson is one of only 40 players in basketball history to have ever won an NCAA National Championship and been on an NBA World Championship team and he is one of just four players in history who have won those titles in back-to-back years. Following Louisville’s championship, Thompson was on the Lakers championship team in 1987 and again in 1988. He is now the pastor of Jesus People Proclaim International Ministries Church in Florida.
The Crusaders have signed six players for the 2013-14 season. In addition to the three signees announced today, Evangel will also add F Marcus Miller (Republic, Mo.), F Chad Stegeman (Fatima, Mo.) and G Richard Chapman (North HS, Lee’s Summit, Mo.).
Evangel finished last season with a 26-7 record, won the Heart of America conference championship, advanced to their fourth straight NAIA-I national tournament and made their third consecutive trip to the round of 16.