Former Men’s Basketball Player Looking Forward to Playing in the Philippines
Former Oakton men’s basketball player Ramon (Raz) Asuncion is going where no other College athlete has gone before: to play in the Philippines. In the fall of 2014, Asuncion, a guard who started 18 games for Oakton during the 2012-13 season, will play for the University of San Carlos in the Cebu School Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI), a league comprising 10 Cebu universities.
Born in the Philippines, the 5’7” Asuncion came to the United States at age 14. After completing his studies at Oakton, he returned to his native country, seeking local opportunities to play basketball.
Now 23, Asuncion is looking forward to making a difference for his new team. “Being one of the older guys on the team, I wan to help some of the younger guys make better decisions on and off the court,” he told the Cebu Daily News in July 2014.
During the 2012-13 season, Asuncion averaged 4.3 points and 2.4 assist per game for Oakton.
Men’s Basketball 2013-2014 Recap
The Oakton Community College men’s basketball team wrapped up the 2013-14 campaign as co-champions of the competitive Illinois Skyway College Conference (ISCC) with a 9-5 mark (tied with Morton College and Prairie State College). Along the way, the ISCC named Oakton’s head coach Mick Reuter as its Men’s Basketball Conference Coach of the Year. Reuter joined Oakton as an assistant coach for the basketball program in 1998, and was named head coach in 2008.
In addition, the conference named sophomore guard Jake Hill (LaLumiere) and sophomore forward Sam Mitchell (Glenbard South) to its first team. Hill led his team, delivering 19.0 points per conference game while the steady Mitchell could be counted on for 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per ISCC contest. The league also honored sophomore guards Chris Freeman (Champaign Central) and Najee Bailey (Wheeler, Indiana) as second team selections.
While Oakton ended its season with a 71-61 loss to South Suburban College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region IV Division II (District B) Tournament on March 2, 2014, the College finished with an overall record above .500 (16-15) and boasted an 11-2 record on its home floor.
“The team continued to grow together and improve as the year progressed,” said Reuter. “We moved ever closer to where we want to be as a program thanks to the character and ability of all the young men. In particular, the leadership of our veterans – players who came to Oakton three years ago – Najee Bailey, Theo Bailey (Morgan Park), Gabe Chavarria (Burlington, Wisconsin), Samuel Dussey (Bome, Togo), and Mitchell set the tone for the newcomers.”
The NJCAA Region IV Division II (District B) bestowed postseason honors on several players, naming Mitchell (12.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game) to its first team and Hill (14.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game) to the squad’s second team, as well as the NJCAA Region IV Division II (District B) all-tournament squad.
During the course of the season, three players were named NJCAA Region IV Division II (District B) Players of the Week. Najee Bailey was a three-time recipient, while Mitchell and Hill were both honored once.
Reuter is already optimistic about the 2014-15 season. “We hope to build off the success of this year by continuing to recruit young men of high character and ability.”