COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Entering its second season in the GLIAC and first as a full Division II member, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team welcomes four newcomers to join its strong returning nucleus.
The group of freshmen include guard/forward Brock Ammons (Findlay, Ohio), wing/forward Steven Bridgeman (Carroll, Ohio), guard D.J. Decker (East Tawas, Mich.) and forward Bobby Stauffer (Louisville, Ky.).
"I am happy to bring in not only four great players, but also four great young men from four great supporting families," head coach Artie Taylor said. "The qualities that these guys posses on and off the floor are true testaments to their morals and values instilled in them by their parents. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with these guys and watch them grow into successful students and accomplished basketball players."
ODU returns all but two players from last year, bringing back 93.5 percent of its scoring and 89 percent of its rebounding. Locked in close contests all season, the Panthers lost nine games by six points or less.
Major: Sport Management
High School Coach: Jim Rucki
High School: Honorable Mention All-Ohio performer…Named Second Team All-Northwest Ohio…Earned Greater Buckeye Conference accolades…First team all-district selection and participant in District 8 All Star Game…Played in Ohio-Indiana All Star Game…WFIN Radio First Team performer…Named to the Toledo Blade "Top 25 in Northwest Ohio" team…Scored 17 points in first start as a sophomore.
Personal: Son of Jon and Lisa Ammons…Sister Morgan played volleyball at Canisius College.
Taylor: "Our program is truly blessed to have Brock and the Ammons family join our program. He comes from a great family and is knowledgeable in the game. Brock brings size and athleticism to our backcourt. With continued work in his strength and perimeter skill sets, I see Brock contributing soon to the continued growth of our program. Brock has the tools and work ethic to be something special."
Carroll, Ohio/Bloom Carroll
High School Coach: Tom Petty
High School: As a senior, named Division III All-Ohio Special Mention…Lancaster Eagle Gazette Player of the Year and first team all-district honoree…Division III District Player of the Year and scored game-high 36 points in district all star game…Second Team All-Mid State League performer…Played in Ohio Basketball Coaches Association North-South All Star Game…First team all-county.
Personal: Son of Sally Fodor and Steve Bridgeman.
Taylor: "Steven is one of the hardest working guys I have had come through these doors at ODU. He definitely knows what 'put in your time' means, because that's what he does. Steven has the ability to develop into a nightmare matchup for forwards."
East Tawas, Mich./Tawas Area
Major: Sport Management
High School Coach: Drew Decker
High School: Two-time First Team All-North East Michigan Conference player…Two-time team MVP…Class of 2010 Athlete of the Year…Three year member of National Honor Society…Hit a game-winning shot in a game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Detroit Pistons' home arena…Also played soccer and baseball.
Personal: Son of Drew and Karen Decker…Drew was his coach in high school…Has one sibling, Dylan.
Taylor: "D.J. is a pleasant addition to our program. He is proving himself on a daily basis. We are glad that we get to watch D.J. in his training and development. He is a great size guard with strength and a skill to shoot the basketball. He has been well taught the game and comes from a background where failure is not an option. I love that mindset."
Major: Business Management
High School Coach: Alan Mullins
High School: Northern Kentucky Association All-Star as a junior and senior…Two-time district all-tournament team performer and district MVP as senior…Two-time MVP of Bluegrass-Buckeye Holiday Classic…Played in East-West All-Star Game as a junior and senior.
Personal: Son of Dennis and Judy Stauffer…Has two siblings, Ashley and Jacob.
Taylor: "We are excited to see Bobby walk through our doors. Bobby, on a regular basis, defines the term 'toughness.' He is willing to do what it takes, not only for his personal success, but more importantly for the success of his teammates. He continues to gain the respect he deserves because of his approach to the game and his ability to produce positive results. I encourage all followers to keep your eye on this guy's growth."
Contact: Scott Miles