The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team has added four players to a roster that won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division title in its first season in the conference and finished a win shy of the NCAA Division II Tournament during the 2018-19 season.
On Monday, head coach Luke Reigel announced the signing of Tray Croft, Brett Myre, Solomon Oraegbu and Vinson Sigmon Jr. to the 2019 recruiting class.
“This group has a tremendous amount of potential and strengthens our backcourt in both the immediate and long-term future,” said Reigel, who will enter his 17th season leading the program, in a news release. “We are excited to see how these young men develop and how they work with the other young players in our program.
“These high-character young men are tremendous fits in our program and at Parkside. (Associate head) coach (Keven Bradley), (assistant) coach (Evan) Morrissey and (assistant) coach (Reid) Gibbs all did outstanding work on this recruiting class, and I’m sure it will pay big dividends down the road.”
Croft, a 6-foot-1 guard from Anniston, Ala., had a terrific junior college career at Iowa Central Community College, breaking the single-season school scoring mark each year there and garnering an NJCAA Division II Player of the Year honor.
He transferred to NCAA Division I Northern Iowa for the 2018-19 season but did not play there.
“Tray is someone we believe can have an impact on our program right away,” Reigel said. “He had an unbelievable junior college career and is someone we’ve always believed could step in and help us win games.”
Myre, a 6-4 guard from Newark, Ill., is the younger brother of Cameron Myre, who will be a redshirt sophomore wing for the Rangers next season.
Out of Newark High, Brett Myre averaged 15.3 points, 4.8 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as a senior and was named second-team All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and the Associated Press.
“Brett is a very skilled combo guard,” Reigel said. “He has the ability to shoot the ball like an off-guard but also has the skill set to play point guard as well. As he matures physically, he has the potential to be a very good player in our system.”
Oraegbu, a 6-2 guard out of Oak Park, Ill., played at highly regarded Fenwick High.
He averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals as a senior and was named to Chicago’s All-Catholic League.
“Solomon is an explosive scorer who can play any position on the perimeter,” Reigel said. “Our top priority in this recruiting class was to find an athletic slasher who can get to the rim, and Solomon can definitely do that.
“... Solomon played in a big-time program at Fenwick High School, so we know he’s played against great competition at the high school level.”
Sigmon, a 5-10 point guard from Redford, Mich., attended Canton High and averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 steals as a senior.
He was named All-Conference three times.
“Vinson is a very skilled point guard who does whatever is necessary to help his team win,” Reigel said. “We feel his skill set is perfect for our system and that his best basketball is in front of him.”