Bulldogs Sign Local Player in Early Period


Updated Nov 16, 2006 18:21:14

Bulldogs Sign Local Player in Early Period

RUSTON -- Ruston High star senior Orren Tims opted Wednesday to become a Louisiana Tech Bulldog after finishing high school to play at the next level.

?We?re extremely excited to add Orren to our Tech family,? Tech head coach Keith Richard said. ?He has a bright future. It?s ironic that as our last Ruston High product (Corey Dean) is about to walk the stage and graduate this Saturday, we now add our next Ruston High product in Orren all in the same week.?

Tims is a 6?4 senior from Ruston that averaged about 16 points and 10 rebounds a contest as a junior. Tims plays a majority of the time in the post on a smaller Bearcat basketball squad but will be a wing

?He?s a very strong player,? Ruston High School head basketball coach Chris Bush said. ?He has great athleticism and a high level of intensity. He?s going to be a great athlete for Louisiana Tech. I expect he?ll make a great transition from playing a big role down low to a wing player and a shooter.?

Tims has been added to an already good early signing period class that includes Dwayne Lathan of West Monroe, Brandon Mims of Shreverport, Marcus Britt of Forest City, Ark., Tama Cseh from Frank Phillips JC and Orrin Greer of Jacksonville JC.

?I feel like coming to Tech was a good move,? Tims said. ?I?m looking forward to playing in my hometown and in front of my family.?

The Bulldogs open their season Friday, Nov. 17 in the 2006 Metcalf Classic against the St. Louis Bilikins at 4:30 p.m.