The South Dakota State basketball teams Wednesday locked up a total of eight recruits. Here are (literally) a few words about each from their future head coaches Scott Nagy and Aaron Johnston:
Mike Daum, 6-9, F, Kimball, Neb.: “In terms of what you would call a 4 or 5 he might be the best shooter we’ve ever recruited.” … Plays on the block in high school … Good in the open floor … Mom was a hoops standout at Wyoming and dad played football there and briefly in the NFL.
Deondre Parks, 6-3, G, Iowa Lakes Community College: “He really shoots it, but can put it on the floor - he’s a strong, physical guard.” … Shooting 3s at 63 percent early this season and is getting to the foul line with great frequency … “He’s not afraid of anybody. We need some toughness. He’ll give us that.”
Reed Tellinghuisen, 6-5, G, East Sac, Iowa: Multi-positional and multi-talented … One of the top shot blockers in Iowa … “He puts it on the floor and really, really shoots it.” … older brother attends SDSU.
Ian Theisen, 6-9, F, Osseo, Minn.: “He’s in the mold of the big kids we have now who are highly skilled.” … Great hands, great passer, good in the low post … Can play both post spots and go inside and outside.
Lexi Alexander, 5-7, G, Champlin Park, Minn.: Primarily a point guard … “She can get up and defend full-court when we want her to and continue to push the pace in transition.” … Also knocks down open shots … Played summer ball for North Tartan, one of the traditional powers in Minnesota.
Macy Miller, 5-11, G, Mitchell: Can play the 1 or the 2. … Scores, rebounds and passes at a high level … “She has a savvy about her that she wants to take big shots in big moments.” … Prep teammate of freshman wing Kerri Young and cousin of NBA veteran Mike Miller.
Kaitlyn Severyn, 6-foot, G, Pierre: “Really athletic wing player and just in the tradition of our wing players.” … Plays bigger than her listed height because of her athletic ability. … Her parents went to SDSU and her brother, Lane, is a true freshman wing on the men’s team.
Ellie Thompson, 6-1, F, Chaska, Minn.: In the mold of a Megan Stuart and with a strong offensive game … “Really runs the floor. Can shoot from 3. Very physical. Can score around the basket.” … Her mom grew up in Arlington … The first player SDSU has landed from the Minnesota Fury, an up-and-coming program heavy on D-I prospects.
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