The "Rock Collector" revisited!

Former Marcos de Niza star Rusty Funk to begin College career in Illinois...

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.

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