North Dallas’ top basketball players have made their decision.
Kobe Bryant Wrice, the area’s leading scorer, will be taking his basketball talents to Ouachita Baptist in Arkansas and Darius Watts will take his skills to McMurry University in Abilene.
“It was the right fit for each student-athlete,” said North Dallas basketball coach Brett Cole. “For each one, it was their decision. It was their choice to make. And I support them.”
Cole sees both of them playing as freshmen.
Kobe wasn’t sure about his expectations, but he’s ready to “go there and do good.” He said he preferred going to a university over the junior college route.
“I like the campus, and the head coach was nice,” Kobe said. “I gelled with the teammates.”
Kobe, at 6-5 guard/forward, said he met with the Ouachita Baptist players at an open gym at Ouachita Baptist, a private, liberal arts, undergraduate university with about 1,500 students in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Last season, Ouachita Baptist (19-13) advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament, falling in the first round. The Tigers also won their second Great American Conference tournament championship in four years.
Darius, at 6-6, will play shooting guard at McMurry, a private co-educational university with over 1,200 students in Abilene.
“They have my major [kinesiology],” Darius said on making his decision. “The campus is real chill, and I know where everything is at. The people are nice.”
At McMurry, Darius will be part of a rebuilding movement. The Hawks, a NCAA Division III university, went 3-22 last season.
Each school is three to four hours away from Dallas — one east and the other west — which will allow one-day trips to see them play.
“We had a good group of seniors,” Cole said, adding that senior guard Isael Longoria will attend the University of Texas at Austin on an academic scholarship.
Kobe and Darius are playing summer ball with Triumph, a club team. Triumph advanced to the semifinals in Las Vegas last year.