Ryan Wall has completed his third year as head coach for the OLLU men's basketball team. The Saints completed their seventh season with a historic NAIA Elite 8 finish. The team earned a No. 7 at-large bid to nationals after being ranked in the NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll throughout the season. OLLU defeated No. 4-ranked Freed-Hardeman University 87-81 in the opening round. They went on to eliminate the tournament's top-seed Lewis-Clark State College 83-64 to advance to the Elite 8 -- the first OLLU team to reach that milestone. The Saints lost to No. 3-seed MidAmerica Nazarene 82-95 to end their season with an overall 22-9 record. In the Red River Athletic Conference, the Saints lost to Langston University in the semifinals 65-71. Their final conference record was 13-5. Upon the conclusion of the season, the Saints were ranked No. 18 in the Top 25 poll. They reached a high of 15th on Feb. 23, and then climbed to No. 13 in the Postseason Top 25 poll. They were ranked first in turnover margin and in the top 10 in steals and 3-pointers, and in the top 20 in scoring margin, scoring offense, blocks, offensive rebounds and free-throw percentage. Saints sophomore Joe Jackson, who was named an NAIA All-American and to the NAIA All-Tournament Team, was ranked second in total blocks, and in the top 10 in blocks per game, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, total rebounds per game and field goal percentage. Jackson received the conference's Newcomer of the Year award. Senior Christian Wood-Dvorak excelled both on the court and in the classroom, as well. He earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete and RRAC Scholar Athlete awards, and was named the University's Big Blue Top Saint of 2015-2016. Receiving All-Conference honors were Jackson, Darion Brown, Wood-Dvorak and Olajuwon Garner. Both Jackson and Garner received RRAC All-Tournament awards, as well. In 2014-2015, the Saints posted records of 25-6 overall and 17-3 in conference. After finishing the regular season as the conference co-champs, the Saints went on to the tournament championship, where they lost to LSU-Alexandria in overtime 76-75. OLLU earned a spot in the NAIA DI Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament -- their second trip to nationals. In 2012, the men made it to the Sweet 16 round, where they also finished this season. They defeated Columbia College in the first round 74-68 and lost to Talladega College 79-70. Through the end of the 2014-2015 season, the Saints earned No. 1 rankings in steals/game (14.032), turnover margin (6.677) and total steals (435); top 5 rankings in assists/game (17.581), scoring offense/game (87.516) and total assists (545); top 10 rankings in scoring margin (13.774) and offensive rebounds/game (14.484); and top 20 rankings in total scoring offense (2713), total rebounds/game (40.613), total rebound margin (4.097), total blocks (113), field goal pct. (.467) and total rebound offense (1259). During that past season, Wall's players received numerous awards and recognition, including: De'Quentin Greer -- All-Conference First Team, All Tournament; Daniel Skinner -- All-Conference First Team, All-Tournament, NAIA All-American Honorable Mention; and Christian Wood-Dvorak -- Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, NAIA Champions of Character. The Saints finished the 2013-2014 season under Wall with an overall record of 21-11 and 14-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference. They ended their season in the semifinals round of the conference tournament. Wall led the team to the following accomplishments: First in the NAIA in scoring offense/game (100.125), 3-pointers/game (13.031), assists/game (19.781), offensive rebounds/game (17), steals/game (14.406), total 3-pointers made (417), turnover margin (9.844) and total steals (461); Second in the NAIA in total assists (633); Third in the NAIA in total scoring offense (3204); Sixth in the NAIA in assist/turnover ratio (1.292); and Eighth in the NAIA in scoring margin (13.594). Under Wall, his 2013-2014 player Xavier Roberson led the NAIA in total scoring (803), points/game (25.1) -- the most in Saints history, 3-pointers/game (4.750) and total 3-pointers (152). Marcus Thompson led the NAIA in steals/game (4.094) and total steals. He was third in total assists (201), fourth in assists/game (6.281) and in assist/turnover ratio (3.190). And, De'Quentin Greer ranked third in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.605). Five of Wall's players -- Xavier Roberson, Marcus Thompson, De’Quentin Greer, Brock Hunter and Christian Wood-Dvorak -- received All-Conference honors, while two -- Roberson and Wood-Dvorak -- received All-Tournament honors. Thompson broke the NAIA record for most steals in a game with 15. He was named Conference Defensive Player of the Year, while Roberson was named Co-Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in the Red River Conference. Five of his players received Conference Scholar awards, as well. In addition, Roberson received NAIA All-American Second Team honors and was runner-up in the NAIA's inaugural 3-Point Contest. He also played for the winning NAIA All-Star Team.
Wall came to OLLU from Ranger College, where he was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Under head coach, Larry Brown, Ranger College won the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference in 2012 – the first time in more than 40 years. Prior to Ranger, Wall was the graduate assistant for the University of South Alabama men's basketball team. While here, he mentored future OLLU standout Roberson, who became only the second Saint to earn NAIA All-American honors. Roberson became the Saints' all-time leading scorer and was the runner-up in the NAIA's 3-Point Shooting Contest and a member of the winning inaugural all-star team. In high school, Wall played on the Coppell varsity team for four years -- the team lost just one district game in those four years. He received the following honors: District 6-5A All-State Basketball (two years), District 6-5A All District Basketball (four years), District 6-5A All District MVP (three years), District 6-5A Basketball Champions (four years) and McDonalds Pre-Season All American Basketball (2003). Wall spent two years at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he played on the Mountain West Conference Championship Team. The team lost to Villanova in the first round of the NCAA tournament during his sophomore year. Wall received a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in education administration from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, Wall was a standout point guard on the Horned Frogs squad. He led the team in steals and in free throw percentage. He also excelled in academics and was named to the All-Mountain West Conference Academics Team. Wall is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Early in July 2014, Wall married Krysti Waller, and they are expecting their first child in November 2016.
|1||PJ Escobar||JR||PG||5-7||170||San Antonio, Texas||Central Catholic HS/Concordia-Texas|
|3||Joe Jackson||SR||F||6-6||170||San Antonio, Texas||Holmes HS/Temple Junior College|
|5||Darion Brown||JR||PG||5-7||155||Alexandria, La.||Newman Smith High School|
|10||Moe Jackson||JR||G||5-9||176||Belvidere, Ill.||Belvidere HS/Rock Valley College|
|11||Dav'vin Hill||SR||PG||5-10||175||Victoria, Texas||Memorial HS/Jacksonville JC|
|21||Michael Hagan-Daniel||SR||G||6-3||180||Boulder, Colo.||UIW/Navarro College|
|22||Allen Wilcher||SR||G/F||6-3||190||Gary, Ind.||Lew Wallace HS/Cabrillo College|
|23||Brandell Collins||JR||G||6-2||180||San Angelo, Texas||Lake View HS/Western Texas CC|
|24||Joshua Santos||JR||F||6-8||220||London, England||Cincinnati State|
|25||Kellen Sweetwyne||SR||G||6-3||205||Hayward, Calif.||Hayward HS/Chabot College|
|30||PJ Medrano*||FR||F||6-5||190||San Antonio, Texas||Sandra Day O'Connor High School|
|32||Aaron Sancho*||FR||F||6-5||170||San Antonio, Texas||John Jay High School|
|35||Marko Tutunovic||FR||F||6-4||193||Cacak, Serbia||Medical School|
|0||Travaughn Barber||JR||F||6-9||210||Houston, Texas||Worthing HS/Texas Southern|