Don Vieth, Assistant Athletics Director for Strategic Communications
TAHLEQUAH – Northeastern State University head men’s basketball coach Ja Havens has announced Jake Gendron as his first National Letter of Intent (NLI) signee to the 2021-22 program.
“We are very excited to add a young man and basketball player, the caliber of Jake Gendron to our program,” Havens said. “Our staff prioritized him for the 2021 class and worked diligently to build a relationship with him and his family. Jake will bring versatility, athleticism, basketball IQ, and the ability to shoot the ball and score in various ways.
“Jake is a perfect fit for NSU and will represent our program on and off the floor in a first-class manner. He has a very bright future, and we are thrilled that he will be a RiverHawk!”
Gendron will graduate from Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa and was coached by Jordan Nagel, a Northeastern State alumnus. During his senior year with the Comets, Gendron is averaging a double-double with 16.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, along with two assists per outing. He was named to the All-Tournament team at the Bishop Kelley Invitational and was the Prep Hoops Summer Circuit Co-MVP and First Team selection. As a junior, Gendron averaged 12 points a game and six rebounds and was an All-Tournament selection at the Skiatook Invitational. Academically, Gendron has made the Dean’s A and B Honor Roll for 14 straight quarters.
He is the son of Jonnie and Desiree Gendron. His father played basketball at Tulsa from 1995-99 for head coaches Steve Robinson and Bill Self after playing minor league baseball in the Pittsburg Pirates farm system. His mother was a gymnast at Texas Woman’s University. Gendron’s brother, Ryan, currently plays college basketball and attended Oklahoma State on a baseball scholarship.