TAMIU men’s basketball wins four engagements


Texas A&M International men’s basketball head coach Rodney McConnell hopes to make the Dustdevils a top program. For him to succeed, he must continue to bring talent to Laredo. And in the past 48 hours, TAMIU has received four stakeholder engagements that could help the program take the next step in the rebuilding process.

Guard Point Greg Bowie II

Bowie comes to Gateway City after spending last year with Division I from northern Colorado. The guard averaged 3.7 points per game while shooting 32.1% from the field.

It won’t be the first time Bowie’s college career has taken him to South Texas. The San Antonio native began his college career at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. In the 2018-19 season with the Vaqueros, Bowie hit double the goals scoring 15 times.

Out of high school – Class of 2017 – Bowie was ranked third point guard in Texas and 31st point guard in the country.

Guard Jermaine Drewey

The 6-foot-2 guard is another Division I transfer for TAMIU as Drewey spent last season at Longwood University – a Big South Conference schedule. In his only year with the Lancers, he saw action in four games. Drewey’s best game last season was a three-point performance against Wake Forest.

Prior to joining Longwood, Drewey spent a year at Panola College. He was Panola’s second-highest scorer averaging 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He also shot 42.6% from the field.

The Houston native won United States first team honors as a junior at North Forest.

“First of all, I would like to thank the Lord for all of his blessings big and small,” Drewey wrote in a Tweet. “I also want to thank Coach Aaron Smith, Coach Griff and the Longwood coaching staff for understanding my situation, having a big heart and always being there to help me throughout. of the recruiting process, which shows a lot about you guys. I want to thank my sister and my grandmother for helping me make the right decision for myself. Finally, I want to thank all the coaches who have chosen to recruit and go through the recruiting process and also be patient with me and my decision for the future. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your program, it means a lot to have someone showing as much interest as you did during the process and I really appreciate the opportunity but that being said , I will be signing up for Texas A&M International for my future education and athletic eligibility. Thank you very much for this opportunity. “

Forward Michael Ozomah

The forward comes to Laredo after a solid second season at Central Community College in Nebraska. Last year, Ozomah averaged 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. Ozomah could be a top scorer for the Dustdevils as he had three more than 20-point performances last season. The Houston native is expected to provide some quality depth of the field.

Forward Keldrick Hayes

Hayes is another JUCO forward that TAMIU landed as he comes after a year to Jacksonville College located in Jacksonville, Texas. Last year with the Jaguars, Hayes was an explosive playmaker as he averaged 14.1 points and eight rebounds per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the ground. Like Ozomah, Hayes should provide a good depth of the frontcourt for the Dustdevils.


The four new commits join a young TAMIU program that went 1-13 in a shortened COVID-19 season. They, along with figures such as Journee Phillips, Anthony Scott, and Tre Thomas, will seek to make the Dustdevils into contenders for the Lone Star Conference.

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