McNeese Has Successful Signing Period

Date:  April 17, 2003
Reported by:  Louis Bonnette & Pam Lafosse

Cowboy Basketball

McNeese State went after muscle and power Wednesday as the Cowboys signed three basketball players to scholarships, one who was ranked the No. 2 center in the nation in junior college ball in the pre-season and another who was rated one of the most versatile junior college players in the nation.

Darrius Manciel, a 6-10, 230 pound center from Arkansas-Ft. Smith, Andrew Queen, a 6-8, 225 pound forward from Lee College of Baytown, TX and Ronald Dorsey, a 6-6 forward from Schoolcraft Community College in Detroit were the Cowboy signees.

"I'm real excited about this group," McNeese coach Tic Price said.

"Darrius and Andrew will help fill the void left by Larry Jackson and Tom Miley and Ronald will fill in for Damond Williams. Darrius and Andrew, along with Lance Hood (6-9, 255 pounds) who we signed in the early signing period, will give us aggressive play and toughness inside and will be a presence in the paint. Ronald was one of the most versatile players in junior college ball the past season. This is a solid recruiting class. It's one that will come in and make an immediate impact on our program."

The Cowboy coach added that one more player could be signed before recruiting is over. In the 6-10 Manciel, the Cowboys have added a center who was judged the No. 2 ranked pivot in junior college ball in the nation in pre-season a year ago.

He went on to average 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots per game for Arkansas-Ft. Smith. A native of Detroit, Manciel help lead his team to a runnerup finish in conference and to a 20 game win season. He had orginally signed with TCU out of high school. The 6-8 Queen averaged 10.0 points and seven rebounds per game for Lee College and was noted for his aggressive play while Dorsey averaged 12 points, five rebounds and three assists per game, helping his team to an appearance in the national junior college tournament.

Price said that he felt that a key to the upcoming season was the signing of the three players on Wednesday and the one earlier signee. The Cowboys will have seven letter winners returning next season.

McNeese Basketball Signees

Ronald Dorsey F 6-6, 205 Schoolcraft CC (Detroit)
Lance Hood C 6-9, 255 SE Nebraska CC (Mansfield, OH)
Darrius Manciel C 6-10, 230 Arkansas-Ft. Smith (Detroit)
Andrew Queen F 6-8, 225 Lee College (Baytown, TX)

Cowgirl Basketball

Reeves High School standout Haley Henagan became McNeese State's women's basketball's first signee for the 2003-2004 season here Wednesday.

Henagan was a four year basketball and track letterwinner at Reeves High where she averaged 25.4 points per game, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game her senior season. As a guard, Henagan helped Reeves to three distirict championships and was named her districts MVP three times. Henagan was also a three-time all-state pick and a two-time All-Southwest selection.

"I think Haley is a good addition to our team. She can shoot the three as well as penetrate and dish off to the open player. She is a very versatile player and its good that we are getting a local player who will be able to showcase her talent. Her best basketball is ahead of her," said head coach Carol Sensley.