Two top-notch big men join Bulldog cagers

By Steve Sell
June 30, 2015

Ryan and Ryan isn’t a law firm, but it could be McPherson College’s men’s basketball inside tandem for next season.

After announcing a number of guard signings recently, Bulldog coach Tim Swartzendruber today announced the addition of a couple of inside players who will be transferring to Mac for next season, Ryan Rowell and Ryan O’Hara.

Rowell, 6-7 and 240 pounds, comes from Butler Community College after he prepped at Washburn Rural.

"From the beginning of our recruiting for the 2015-16 season, we felt our top priority was finding a big man who could be an impact person," Swartzendruber said. "We believe Reed is that guy. He had a stellar career at Washburn Rural High School and played for one of the top junior college teams in the nation the past two years. He was a key member of the Butler County team that won the conference and advanced in the National Junior College Tournament. We are very excited to have him coming to McPherson College this fall."

At Washburn Rural, Rowell was a four-year varsity player and earned All-City and All-League honors.

Rowell has played for the RunGMC AAU Team and coach LJ Goolsby. The team was the 2011 tournament champions at the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.

He is the son of Bill and Susan Rowell and will be a business management major.

 O’Hara is 6-6 and 205-pounder who played the last two years at Cedar Valley College after a fine high school career at William Howard Taft High School in San Antonio.

In high school, O’Hara averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals while shooting 85 percent at the foul line. He was the team captain and MVP in 2011-12 and earned All-District honors.

At Cedar Valley, O'Hara was an All-Conference honorable mention selection for coach Chris Carter as a freshman and then earned All-Conference honors as a sophomore. Both of his years at CVC he was a team captain. Academically, O'Hara was named the Student-Athlete Sun of the Year for 2014-15 and was also a member of National Honor Society

Ryan, the son of Danette O'Hara, will major in education at McPherson.

"Ryan O'Hara brings more than basketball ability to our school and basketball program," Swartzendruber said. “He is a leader and a high-character person. His work ethic and commitment to being his best will be tremendous assets for us. We are thrilled to add Ryan to our program."