High-scoring guard joins Bulldogs

By Steve Sell
July 12, 2017
McPherson College Sports Information-file

McPherson College men’s basketball coach Tim Swartzendruber is recruiting right up to the last minute.

And his latest addition may be one of his best.

Swartzendruber announced on Tuesday the addition of Jeffrey Oxford of Claremore, Okla., a 6-1 guard.

“Jeffrey is one of the most highly decorated high school players we have ever signed at McPherson College," Swartzendruber said. "What sets him apart is his ability to score in many ways and his competitive drive. He is a winner. He is a great character person, has had super coaching in high school and played at a very high level. I am extremely pleased he chose McPherson to continue his basketball career and get his education."

Oxford brings to Mac some glossy accomplishments.

Playing for coach Tommy Nolan, he left Claremore as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,613 points. He averaged 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists as a senior and for his career averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Oxford was a four-time All-Metro Lakes Conference selection as well as the league's 2017 Most Valuable Player. He also earned honors on the 2017 Oklahoma Native, Oklahoma Coaches Association and Tulsa World All-State Teams, was an Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association All-Region pick and was named to the Class 5A All-Tournament Team by The Oklahoman and   OKpreps.com.  Oxford was also a nominee for the Elite 8 Ford Award and the Tulsa World Mr. Outside Award.

He also has played for the Oklahoma Showtime AAU team, coached by his father Jeff. He averaged 20 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds a game for that club team.