OKLAHOMA CITY (April 14, 2013) – A basketball player who led her team to its first postseason title in 27 years, another basketball player whose team reached the national championship game and a runner who’s earned multiple athletic and academic awards were honored during Oklahoma Christian’s annual All-Sports Spring Banquet on Sunday night.
Katy O’Steen was named as Ms. Eagle, while Devan White and David McWilliams were chosen as the co-recipients of the Mr. Eagle honor. The awards are presented to the female and male student-athletes who best combine success in their sport with representing the ideals of OC.
OC Athletic Director Curtis Janz presented O’Steen, McWilliams and White with the awards during the dinner, which is held each April to recognize the university’s athletic accomplishments during the preceding school year.
Thirty-eight senior athletes and program assistants from OC’s 16 intercollegiate sports also were recognized during the dinner, held in the university’s Gaylord Center.
O’Steen, a senior center from Durant, was a co-captain of the OC women’s basketball team. She was named the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region player of the year and was an All-Heartland Conference first-team selection after averaging 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Lady Eagles.
OC went 20-13 and won the Central Region title – its first postseason crown since 1986 – with a win over eventual NCCAA champion Southern Nazarene. The Lady Eagles went on to finish fourth at the NCCAA tournament, the highest national finish in the program’s history.
O’Steen, also named as a first-team NCCAA All-American, finished 11th on OC’s all-time scoring chart with 1,426 points.
“Katy has been a joy to coach and her leadership was integral to our Final Four finish,” OC women’s basketball coach Stephanie Findley said. “She is very deserving of this award as a team leader and as a well-rounded student leader. She loves this school and it shows in everything she does. Her enthusiasm is infectious and we will truly miss it.”
White, a senior guard from Missouri City, Texas, was the emotional leader of the Eagles all season as they finished 19-12, but particularly during their run to the NCCAA championship game. He averaged 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while simultaneously serving as OC’s defensive stopper.
A fierce competitor, he drove his teammates to constantly improve and play their best. The Eagles were at their best in the NCCAA tournament, coming within a fluke shot by Shorter (Ga.) of winning the national title. It was OC’s best national finish ever.
“Devan has been an unbelievable ambassador for our school for five years,” OC men’s basketball coach Dan Hays said. “He’s a wonderful young man, on and off the court. He gets it. He’s a true teammate to all sports and especially to basketball. He’s someone we’re proud of and it’s been an honor having him in the program.”
McWilliams showed steady improvement during his four seasons as a runner for OC and played a key role in helping the Eagles win national championships in cross country in 2011 (NAIA) and 2012 (NCCAA). He finished 19th at the national meet in 2011 and was 10th at the 2012 NCCAA meet, earning All-America status both years.
In track, he’s earned All-America honors twice indoors (NAIA 5,000 meters in 2012, NCCAA 3,000 meters in 2013) and once outdoors (NAIA 10,000 meters). The latter total could rise next month when he competes in the NCCAA Outdoor Championships in Joliet, Ill., not far from his hometown of Naperville, Ill.
He’s also starred in the classroom, as the Bible major carries a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. He was a Capital One Academic All-America College Division first-team selection as a junior.
“David really was a leader, athletically and academically,” OC cross country coach Wade Miller said. “He’s done so much for the program with his commitment to athletic and academic excellence. His leadership will be irreplaceable. He is very deserving of this award.”
OC’s women’s basketball team also was presented with the inaugural Ray Vaughn Cup as the OC squad that best exemplified the NCAA Division II theme of “Live in the Balance” in learning, service, balance, passion, sportsmanship and resourcefulness.
The traveling Ray Vaughn Cup bears the name of OC’s first athletic director, who laid the groundwork for today’s OC athletic program that features 16 intercollegiate sports.