WAXAHACHIE — Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Head Men's Basketball Coach Donnie Bostwick added two new guards to the pride Wednesday, making Euless Trinity High School’s Josh Kashila and San Antonio O'Connor High School’s Cody Farmer the newest members of the 2017-18 recruiting class.
Kashila averaged 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals per game in 2017 and was a First Team All-District 5-6A selection after helped lead his team to 17-13 overall record. He shot 48 percent overall and 33 percent from the 3-point line.
“In many ways, I see the recruitment of Josh a God thing," Bostwick said about the addition. "Our team was blessed to visit Angola and play their top two professional teams two years ago. It was not until his campus visit that I found out that Josh was Angolan. I’m very excited about the talents and the overall character he brings to our program. Josh is a versatile player who can play the one through three positions and is a good athlete as well."
Nicknamed “Kash,” the 6-foot-3 guard moved from Angola, Africa with his younger brother as a freshman and quickly picked up the game of basketball. He said he considers achieving this opportunity as a lifetime accomplishment.
Joining Kashila and the other new Lions is Cody Farmer, a 6’1 shooting guard from San Antonio O’Connor.
As a Panther, Farmer earned a First Team All-District 27-6A selection was chosen to participate in the San Antonio Area Basketball Coaches All-Star game. He averaged 14 points, four rebounds and two assists per game and was one of the top 3-point shooters in the state after hitting 82 of his 224 attempts and shooting 37 percent from long range.
The sharpshooter also shot 87 percent from the free throw line and led his team in charges taken.
“We’re excited to add Cody to our program. He is one of the better shooters in the state, has a very high basketball IQ and I like his toughness,” Bostwick said. “He will need to get stronger, as most freshmen do, but I really am impressed with his desire to be more than a one-dimensional player. Both Cody and Josh have not only played in strong districts but have also succeeded at a very high level of high school basketball. I believe this success will transfer to success as a Lion over the next four seasons.”
Kashila and Farmer will be joining two other new Lions already announced for the upcoming season: Everman High School’s Jonathan Jackson and Arlington Martin High School’s Jalen Petillo.
SAGU men’s basketball went 24-10 overall, finished second in the Sooner Athletic Conference and made it to the second round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championship Tournament.
He will join former Midlothian High School sophomore sharpshooter Lance Tipton, rangy sophomore big-man Isaak Rowe and explosive freshman combo-guard Dareny Sims as part of a young and talented core of players.