The "Rock Collector" is alive and doing very well according to my sources. Rusty, a key member of the 2002 State Champs Marcos de Niza is currently a freshman at Olivet Nazerene University in Illinois. Funk a power forward at MdN is making the transition to Point Guard. More on Rusty's Freshman season as it comes in. To view his profile CLICK HERE
Here is a brief glimpse at the Olivet basketball Program.
Tigers open the year ranked 22nd
Thursday, October 30, 2003
Following last season's 23-14 finish and a third trip to the NAIA Elite Eight, the Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team finds itself ranked 22nd in the NAIA Preseason Top 25 Poll, after being listed as a possible breakthrough team by Street & Smith's College Basketball Magazine.
The Tigers, who lost 64-62 to McKendree (Ill.) in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA National Tournament last season, return 10 letter-winners and two starters, led by NAIA Third-Team All-American Jeremy Riddle.
The Tigers finished Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with an 11-3 record and tied with Robert Morris (Ill.) for the championship. Despite falling to St. Xavier (Ill.) in the conference tournament, Olivet still received a bid to the NAIA National Tournament.