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Norris becomes OC’s 1st signee since move into NCAA membership process

Coweta High School guard Zach Morris (center, front) signed with Oklahoma Christian on Wednesday. Joining him for the signing ceremony were (back row, from left) his brother, Caleb Norris, and his father, Scott Norris, along with (front row, from left) grandparents Ron and Kathleen Norris, mother Wendy Norris and brother Braden Norris.
Coweta High School guard Zach Morris (center, front) signed with Oklahoma Christian on Wednesday. Joining him for the signing ceremony were (back row, from left) his brother, Caleb Norris, and his father, Scott Norris, along with (front row, from left) grandparents Ron and Kathleen Norris, mother Wendy Norris and brother Braden Norris.

COWETA, Okla. (Nov. 14, 2012) – Zach Norris hasn’t yet arrived on the Oklahoma Christian campus, but on Wednesday he secured a special place in OC athletic history.

The 6-foot-4 point guard from Coweta High School signed a letter of intent on the first day of the NCAA signing period to play basketball for the Eagles, making him the first student-athlete to sign with OC since the university began the NCAA Division II membership process in September.

Norris’ signed letter of intent arrived via fax at OC at 9:01 a.m.

“We are pleased to welcome Zach to our program,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “He is an outstanding young player who will fit in perfectly at Oklahoma Christian on and off the court. His excellent fundamental skills, coupled with his athleticism, make him a terrific signee.”

As a junior for Coweta last season, Norris averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the Tigers and was named as the Metro Lakes Conference player of the year. Norris received second-team All-Metro honors from the Tulsa World and received honorable mention on the newspaper’s All-State list. Coweta finished 19-7.

Norris is the son of Scott and Wendy Norris. Scott Norris played collegiately at Oklahoma Baptist from 1987-1991 and later coached OBU’s women’s basketball team for seven seasons. He eventually moved into the prep coaching ranks and is currently in his eighth year as Coweta’s boys coach. Wendy (Vaughn) Norris also played basketball at OBU, from 1988-1992.

“I brought all three of my sons to (OC Cage Camp) after Zach’s sophomore year,” Scott Norris said. “I worked camp and he fell in love with coach Hays and the campus. At that point, that’s where he wanted to be. He was comfortable with coach Hays and I couldn’t ask for him to play for any better guy or program. It was an easy decision for him.”

Zach Norris was one of two players to sign with OC on Wednesday, joining 6-foot-11 center John Moon of Crescent.