SAN ANTONIO (June 4, 2013) -- Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) has announced the signing of freshman Cody Wallace from Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas, near San Antonio. Wallace will join the men's basketball team beginning in the 2013-2014 season.
Head Coach Russell Vanlandingham said, "Cody's best basketball is ahead of him. His desire and willingness to improve have impressed me. He is exceptional academically and has a great work ethic. Plus, he knows what it is like to win having come from Steele, which made it to the state semifinals last year."
Wallace and his team at Steele qualified for the Class 5A state semifinals last season after a third-place finish in District 28-5A. Steele's 25-13 season included three victories against district champions in its playoff run, including 28-5A rival Corpus Christi Carroll. The Knights were just the sixth team in Texas history to reach the state tournament after finishing third or lower in their district in the regular season (San Antonio Express-News).
Wallace, a 6'7" center/power forward, averaged nine points and six rebounds per game. He earned First-Team All-District and was named to the Academic All-District and All-State after averaging a 94 GPA. Wallace's mother, Kari Wallace, is head coach for the Steele's girls basketball team.
Wallace is the sixth player and first from the San Antonio area to sign with the Saints for the upcoming season. The team bid farewell to seven seniors this past season, including four starters. The Saints finished at 18-13 overall and 14-8 in the Red River Athletic Conference. They made their fourth appearance at the conference tournament, where they ended as quarterfinalists.
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Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant