NOC Mavs Sign Letters of Intent

Mavs Ink with NCAA Schools
Northern Oklahoma College Mavericks Jarrid Rhodes and Valentine Sangoyomi have signed letters of intent to continue their education and basketball playing careers at NCAA Division I schools.
Rhodes, a 6’7” sophomore from Palmetto, Fla., has decided on Missouri State University and Sangoyomi, a 6’11” sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria, has inked with the University of Houston.
"Thisis a big day for the Northern Oklahoma College Mavericks men's basketball program,” stated Donnie Jackson, head men’s coach. “Both of these young men are great ambassadors of Northern Oklahoma College and represent the college in a positive way.Their decision to attend their respective universities is a tribute to the hard work and effort that they have both put into their academics and their basketball game.I couldn't be more proud of these two young men!
"Valentine is a great young man. He is a very hard-working andresponsible student-student. I am proud of his decision to attend Houston.He only continues to improve and the best for him is yet to come.
"Jarrid is also a great young man.He goes about his business on and off the court. He has goals he has made for himself and he strives to reach those goals on a daily basis. I am excited about his decision to attend Missouri State."
"I picked Missouri State because it was the best fit for me,” Jarrid commented. “I think I can do something special for the program here in a year or two.
"Here at NOC has been great for me from a basketball standpoint and school wise. I learned a lot from Coach Jackson on how to compete and play hard on the court. School has also been great. There are good, down-to-earth people here at NOC and they will help you if you needed anything."
Sangoyomi said, “I did my primary assignment on University of Houston as a whole …, then I consulted my head coach, Donnie Jackson, and my uncles back in Buffalo. On top of it, I went on an official visit. I was surprised how good and kind their coaching staff are.
“I really had a great experience coming to school and playing basketball here in NOC from my freshmen year up till this moment and getting to meet good people here in Tonkawa. [Northern] is a great place to be and I want to say a big thank you for giving me the opportunity to play and go to school here.”
Jeremy Hise, athletic director, stated, “Coach Jackson and Coach Hinson do an excellent job of identifying talent, developing that talent and helping them become fine young men on and off the floor.Student-athletes do not get opportunities like Jarrid and Valentine have, if they are not very talented, hard-working and good students.Jarrid and Valentine both have demonstrated a high level of character and effort during their time at Northern in athletics, in the classroom and in the community.We are proud of their accomplishments thus far and we are excited to see how much more they will continue to develop during their pursuit of a championship this season.”