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CHICKASHA – After being named head coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Vinson Metcalf did not take long to determine who his right-hand man would be. He chose former Hillcat Chris Francis to join the Drover family.

“I am very excited to have Chris join me to start this new era of basketball at USAO,” Metcalf said. “His background as a player in this league and his knowledge of the game will be tremendous assets...


CHICKASHA – After nearly 15 seasons with the Drovers, coach Vinson Metcalf has taken the reins after being named head coach of the USAO men’s basketball program on Thursday.

“First and foremost, I’d like to give all praises to my lord and savior Jesus Christ,” Metcalf said. “I am so ecstatic to be the head men’s basketball coach at USAO. I know there are responsibilities that come with it, but I am ready.”

McPherson and campers

CHICKASHA – For the 27th straight year, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will be hosting a youth summer basketball camp aimed at local and area children ages 6-16.

Hosted and directed by Brisco McPherson, USAO head men’s basketball coach and athletic director, the camp helps attendees hone basketball skills, such as shooting and teamwork.

Coach Brisco McPherson

CHICKASHA – After more than two decades at the helm of the Drover basketball team, Coach Brisco McPherson announced Friday that he is retiring from coaching.

“I have loved my time at USAO, but after 22 years, it’s time to let someone else — someone with new energy and enthusiasm — take over the Drovers,” McPherson said. “I want to thank the university for allowing me to be a part of Drover Nation for all these years.”

Graham Faulkner

By Special Contributor Jeremiah Lane
Oklahoma State University, Mass and Strategic Communications student

STILLWATER, Okla. – The next step forward in Graham Faulkner’s life would end his basketball career.

The Drovers were playing at Lubbock Christian in late February. With both teams battling for the fourth position in the conference standings, the game was intense and competitive. This was the turning...

Coach Vinson Metcalf

CHICKASHA – The Drover men’s basketball team had a great season with an NAIA National Tournament trip to top it off, something assistant coach Vinson Metcalf said the team sets out to do each season.

“It’s the same as it’s always been. USAO, since I’ve been here, we have been to the national tournament six of the last 12 years,” he said. “Just making it to the national tournament is a great feat in itself.”

Norris Rumph

CHICKASHA – Averaging nearly 16 points a game, senior Norris Rumph’s performance on the court this season earned him NAIA All-America Second Team honors, the NAIA released Wednesday.

“I think it’s a tribute to him. He put the time in to make himself better, and he was the leader of our team,” said Brisco McPherson, head men’s basketball coach. “I’m happy that he was able to accomplish that. He worked at it.”

Rumph is...

Graham Faulkner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Character, heart and a team-centric attitude are the qualities simply dripping from USAO senior Graham Faulkner, who was named an NAIA Champion of Character at the 2013 Buffalo Funds- NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.

Faulkner was one of 32 players nationwide to earn the prestigious honor. Players are chosen who best exemplify the five core values of the NAIA: Integrity, Respect,...

Kenneth Durham

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Playing in the first game of the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship on Wednesday morning, the Drovers started off strong, but ultimately couldn’t overcome the No. 6 Southwestern Assemblies of God in the end.

“I’m proud of the way we played,” Head Coach Brisco McPherson said. “It’s not because they didn’t want to win. That team is just so scrappy. I’m just proud of our guys. They...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After days of agony awaiting to hear if they qualified for the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship, the Drovers could be heard around campus yelling in joy when the coveted opportunity to play became a reality.

Less than a week and 400 miles later, the Drovers are set to compete in the first round of the tournament.