Oleen reels in more recruits

By Steve Sell
May 26, 2015

LINDSBORG — It’s another package deal for Bethany College men’s basketball coach Clair Oleen, who continues to cut a wide swath on the recruiting trail.

For the second time in a week, Oleen announced the signings of high school teammates from Colorado to letters of intent.

Ke'Andre Lewis and Tevion Thompson have signed their Swede letters of intent to remain teammates the next four years.

"We are pleased to have Ke'Andre and Tevion join Bethany College and the Bethany basketball program,” Oleen said. “Ke'Andre and Tevion played together under coach Terry Dunn at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs. Sierra has been one of the most successful basketball programs in Colorado in recent years. They made another Final Four appearance this year.”

Lewis, a 6-2 guard, averaged 14 points per game and eight rebounds. He shot 41 percent from the field and better than 70 percent from the free throw line.

"Ke'Andre is a long-and-athletic wing who can really get to the rim, he is relentless on the glass at both ends, and he can really defend," Oleen said. "He will fit very well into our mold of long and athletic wing guards here at Bethany."

Thompson is a 6-0 point guard who was voted the Most Outstanding Player, was first-team All-Conference and earned second-team All-State honors. 

He averaged 17 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists. He shot 80 percent from the free throw line, 52 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the 3-point line.

"Tevion is a cat quick guard who can flat out guard the ball and 'pick pockets' in the open court," Oleen said. "He is a great shooter from 3-point and midrange."

Oleen has feasted on Colorado recruiting in recent years as it’s been one of his hotbeds during the Swedes’ recent success.

Ke'Andre is the son of Carolyn Lewis and Leroy Mackey. Tevion is the son of Chiquita Thompson and Timothy Bean. They will both major in business management.