Glen Oaks Community College men’s basketball coach David Victor has been busy collecting signatures as the program replenishes its roster.
The Vikings have signed seven players in the last month, plucking talent from Michigan and Indiana.
It all started April 27 with the signing of Takary Dreams, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Kalamazoo Loy Norrix.
“Takary is a high character young man that does things the right way on and off the floor,” Victor said. “He is committed in the classroom. He is committed to being the best version of himself, and only wants to take advantage of the opportunity that has been presented to him.”
Four days later, Victor headed to Fort Wayne, Ind. to sign a duo from Snider High School — Michael Barnfield (6-4) and Jaylin Fowler (6-0).
“Mike is probably the most versatile defender in our incoming class,” Victor explained. “He can defend inside and out, rebounds above the rim, and knows how to play this game the right way. He is also an exceptional passer and hits his target on time and accurately. He provides an athletic scoring option from anywhere on the court, and he hasn’t even come close to reaching his full potential. He is a great young man off the court, and we are really excited to welcome Mike into the program for next season.
“Jaylin brings athleticism and work ethic to the program. He’s been tabbed as the ‘hardest working player they’ve coached’ by two former coaches, and he is a lockdown defender at the guard position. Offensively, he has a great first step and is extremely athletic.”
Three days after visiting Fort Wayne, Victor traveled to Livonia, where he signed 5-10 point guard Genesis Barnes out of Livonia Churchill.
“Genesis is your prototypical PG at the collegiate level in that he can play great defense, makes all the passes, has a very high basketball IQ, and can run the show the way it is supposed to be run,” Victor said. “He has the potential to be really special on the floor, and his academic focus will allow him to be something special off the floor.”
Shortly after signing Barnes, Keith Warren, a 6-7 forward/center out of Northwest High School in Indianapolis signed to continue his education and athletic career at Glen Oaks.
White Pigeon’s David Miller signed with the Vikings on May 15 after transferring back home from NJCAA Division I Iowa Central. While at Iowa Central, Miller averaged 9 points and 5 rebounds while starting in 29 of 31 games.
“Miller will bring in added maturity and experience on and off the court to go with his strong skill set as he was a First Team All-State Class C selection in 2016,” Victor said. “We are extremely happy to have David here. We like to showcase our home-grown talent.”
Austin Hayden, a Goshen College transfer, rounded out the slew of signings. Hayden, a 6-2 guard out of Norwell High School in Ossian, Ind., averaged nearly 11 points for the Leafs while being an All-Freshman Team selection in 2015-16 in the Crossroads League.
Victor hopes to add a couple more players in the coming weeks and he said height and depth have been the biggest priorities after Glen Oaks struggled to match up size wise this past year en route to winless campaign this past winter.
The Vikings open their season at the Olney Classic November 3-4.