Coach: John “Tu” Godwin
21-22 Record: 0-22
A new day is dawning in Olive, Oklahoma. The past will not define the new Olive basketball program under head coach John Godwin. Neither will the 0-22 record from a year ago. “This season will be a surprise for most. A lot of people think this is the same Olive from years past, including last year. It won’t be a surprise for us,” said coach Godwin. “We have the talent and more importantly the guys are hungry and have bought into the rebuild.” That rebuilding process starts with the players.
VYPE Top 100 selectee Clark Pepper III (6- 0, So.) brings a ton of potential to the court for the Wildcats. Pepper is a player who has the desire to play at the next level and is willing to put in the work to achieve his goals. But his first priority is helping his team win. Abel Ochoa (5-6, Jr.) is a leader at guard and someone who is committed to making the program better. Ochoa holds his teammates to a high standard and is always there to help and encourage them.
Bryson Sanderson (5-10, Jr.) may be the hardest worker on the team. His work ethic is infectious. Sanderson brings his shooting ability and leadership qualities to the floor for the Wildcats. Austin Montgomery (5- 10, So.) is a shooter with tremendous upside. When Montgomery heats up, you feed him the ball.
Tristan Elkins (6-0, So.) has made big improvements from last season and is expected to make an impact this year. Elkins is willing to sacrifice his body and and play to the whistle.
Other players to watch this season include Sebastian Perez (5-6, Jr.), Draven Dixon (5-10, Sr.), Luke Rector (6-3, Jr.), Grady Franklin (6-3, Jr.), Konner Winford (6-0, Jr.), Michael Cohen (5-6, Jr.), Jackson Bekker (6-0, Fr.), Zach Canady (6-0, Fr.), and Dawson Bullington (6-2, Sr.).