Tidwell joins Roger State basketball

CLAREMORE– Rogers State head men’s basketball coach Justin Barkley announced the signing of Latrell Tidwell to the 2018 men’s basketball signing class. Tidwell will be a senior on the RSU men’s basketball team in the 2018-19 season.

“Latrell has a ton of potential, and we are banking on him finding his groove from junior college where he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game,” Barkley said. “Latrell provides length and athleticism on both ends of the floor. He was a part of a conference championship at NCAA Division II program West Florida last season. We really value guys that come from winning programs here at RSU. Coach Wayman did a great job finding Latrell on the recruiting trail. I’m excited to not only see Latrell, but all our new players mesh with our returners come August.”

Tidwell joins the Hill after one season at West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. He made 11 starts in 26 games as the Argonauts went 28-4 and won the Gulf Coast Conference with a 17-3 record. Tidwell averaged 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 12.2 minutes per contest. He shot 43.5 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point distance. Tidwell scored a season-high 10 points against shorter on Feb. 3.

The Cincinnati, Ohio native started his collegiate career at Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Illinois, where he was a NJCAA Division I All-American and First Team All-Region IV during his sophomore season. Tidwell posted a double-double average of 17.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in the 2016-17 season. He scored a season-high 37 points, going 11-for-14 shooting, against Shawnee on Nov. 4, 2016. He shot 40 percent from the floor and added 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steal per game. In his sophomore campaign, he posted 14 games of 20 or more points and 15 games in double figures for rebounds.

Tidwell prepped at Lakota West High School, and he was nominated for the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game.

The Hillcat men’s basketball team went 18-11 in the 2017-18 season, including an 11-3 record at the Claremore Expo Center. RSU advanced to postseason play for the second time in its two years as full members of NCAA Division II with an appearance in the Heartland Conference Tournament.

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