November 10, 2019 at 7:40 pm #1421
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The early signing date is November 13th. I hope everyone will report their signings for 2020 here. It will give some insights to the future of the conference.November 13, 2019 at 1:21 pm #1450
5-10 PG Maddie Krull, Millard South HS (Omaha, NE)
6-00 G/F Kyah Watson, RC Stevens HS (Rapid City, SD)
6-01 G/F Morgan Hansen, SF Lincoln HS (Sioux Falls, SD)
6-02 F Natalie Mazurek, Eden Prairie HS (Eden Prairie, MN)
Very excited for this large class that follows the graduation of a large senior group!
Krull is easily the jewel of the class as an ESPN top 100 player (#21 PG) that had her pick of many D1 offers, including P6 schools.
Also excited to get two of the best in-state players in Kyah and Morgan. All of those three seem to be versatile inside-out players that fit Dawn’s system very well.
I honestly don’t know much about Mazurek, other than that fact that she was a late-bloomer, attracting a lot of attention just this summer for her club team work in Minnesota. Also she is tall.
We still have a scholarship open, but I think Coach P likes to leave one open for a transfer. You never know when a great transfer opportunity will come up, and with the women having more max scholarships than the men, it doesn’t hurt.November 13, 2019 at 1:56 pm #1451
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Here is the SDSU press release on the three signees:
Madysen Vlastuin | Forward | 6-1 | Lennox, S.D. | Lennox High School
Madysen Vlastuin was named the SD Gatorade Player of the Year, a KELO GBB Player of the Year finalist, Argus Leader First Five and the Midco SN Class A Player of the Year as a junior … a first team Class A all-state, Dakota XII Conference MVP and Dakota XII all-conference first team selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior … named to the Dakota XII all-conference third team as an eight grader … reached her 1,000 point milestone as a sophomore … during her freshman year she helped the Lennox girls basketball team to a second-place finish at the South Dakota Class A state basketball tournament … plays AAU basketball for the South Dakota Attack … during her junior season she averaged 16.8 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game … a member of the National Honor Society since she was a sophomore … student council executive board member … daughter of Leland and Lynette Vlastuin … brother, Jared, was a member of the track and field team at SDSU; he won seven Summit League titles and is an indoor and outdoor high jump record holder at State … sister Melissa is also a South Dakota State alum … major is undecided.
Emily Herzberg | Guard | 6-0 | Melrose, Wis. | Melrose-Mindoro High School
As a freshman, Emily Herzberg averaged 10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game … earned all-conference honorable mention honors … as a sophomore she averaged 12.2 points, 6.1 rebound and 3.6 assists per game … earned first team all-conference, WBCA and AP honorable mention all-state selections, while helping her team to a second-place finish at the state tournament … during her junior campaign, she was named first team all-conference, WBCA and AP honorable mention all-state and LaCrosse Tribune all-region team, while helping her team to its second-straight runner-up finish at the state basketball tournament … averaged 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists during the 2018-19 season … named 2019 Melrose-Mindoro Female Athlete of the Year … Herzberg also experience great success competing in volleyball and track and field … a three-time first team all-conference honoree in volleyball … 4x first team all-conference track season selection on three occasions … as a junior she broke the state triple jump recorded to finish runner-up at the state meet … holds numerous track records at Melrose-Mindoro High School … earned academic all-conference honors in all nine high school seasons she has competed in … class president as a freshman and sophomore and is the senior class vice president … daughter of Troy and Elizabeth Herzberg … plans to major in either biology or pre-dental in the fall at SDSU.
Mesa Byom | Forward | 6-2 | Melrose, Wis. | Melrose-Mindoro High School
Mesa Byom is a three-year varsity letterwinner in basketball, volleyball and soccer … a three-time first team all-conference selection in basketball … Wisconsin girls basketball all-state honorable mention team honoree … named to the All-Tribune first team and WBCA all-state team as a junior … helped her team to a second-place finish at the Wisconsin state basketball tournament as a sophomore and junior … averaged 13.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game during her junior season … heads into her senior season with a total of 976 points … a three-time academic all-conference honoree … daughter of Corinne Lloyd and Bradley Byom … mother played college basketball and soccer at Mount Senario … plans to major in nursing at SDSU in the fall.November 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm #1452
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Release from NDSU on our three signings, with quotes from coach Collins removed to shorten it:
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State women’s basketball head coach Jory Collins has announced the signing of three players. NDSU will add a pair of high school players, while also getting a junior college transfer.
Abigail Schulte, a 5-10 guard from Maple Grove, Minn., Kylie Strop, a 5-7 guard from River Falls, Wis. and Reneya Hopkins, a 5-7 junior college transfer from Redlands Community College have all signed during the first signing day for Collins.
From Midwest City, Okla., Hopkins earned all-conference honors as a freshman at Redlands Community College. During her rookie campaign, Hopkins averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. She started 27 of the 28 games she appeared in, while also pulling down 5.2 rebounds per game for a team that went 21-10. Redlands has started the 2019-20 season 4-0, with Hopkins averaging 20.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 points and 2.3 steals per game, while shooting 44 percent from the field. Hopkins was an all-state and all-city selection in 2018, while also being part of a team that won the 2016 state championship. Hopkins plans to major in Kinesiology.
Schulte earned all-state honorable mention honors as a junior, while picking up all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior. Schulte was part of a Maple Grove High School team that qualified for the state tournament the last two years. A four-year starter, Schulte averaged 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game as a junior. This fall, Schulte was part of a Maple Grove soccer team that won the Minnesota state title. Schulte is also a member of the National Honor Society and plans to major in child development.
A four-year starter for River Falls High School, Strop averaged 19.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a junior. A three-time all-conference selection, Strop has surpassed 1,200 career points and 500 rebounds. The all-time leader in points and steals at River Falls High School, Strop has earned team MVP honors, as well as being named the best defender and best offensive player during her career. Strop plans to major in nursing at NDSU.
The Bison return to action on Friday, as they host Valparaiso. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Scheels Center.
November 13, 2019 at 3:19 pm #1455
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Vlastuin will be a stud for the Jacks. I’d predict early play for her, but State is already experiencing a logjam of talented forwards. I’m going to guess and say AJ might see one or two that aren’t getting minutes to transfer after this year, so you can get some more guards on the team. Maybe transfers.
I’ll be interested to see if Hopkins is a difference-maker for the Bison, too. Whatever Jory wants to run, I’m sure he is seeing her as the type of player to do it, being a JC.November 13, 2019 at 3:24 pm #1456
How are the Bison for scholarship numbers? I thought there were a few that left under previous management.November 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm #1457
Mazurek is actually listed at 6-4. I was skeptical of that number because of other heights listed on recruiting services, but they must have been from when she was younger, and had some growth in her junior year. If true, great to have that kind of size, as long as she is athletic, too.November 17, 2019 at 8:01 pm #1475
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Denver Press Release. They added a ton of size and athleticism.
Rowan Hein | 5-10 | Guard
Clovis North High School
Hein, an Adidas All-American selection, was named a two-time first-team All-League, team MVP, first team all-state, player of the game for the Valley Championship, and Best of the Best as a sophomore. The incoming freshman guard was tabbed the California State Sophomore of the Year in 2018. The Fresno native broke the school record for assists in a season as a junior. Hein has averaged 13.3 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game, and 4.5 assists per game during her high school career. She set a Clovis North single-game record with 11 assists.
Charlotte Levison | 5-11 | Guard
Sacred Heart Prep
The Atherton, California native averaged 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest as a junior in 2018-19 on her way to being named second team all-league. The Sacred Heart Prep product was named tournament MVP during the same season. As a sophomore in 2017-18, Levison was earned league honorable mention after tallying 8.0 points per and grabbing 4.0 rebounds per contest. She was the only freshman named second-team all-league after averaging 14.0 points per game, four rebounds per game, while shooting a solid 48.0 percent from the field in 2016-17.
Cheyenne Forney | 6-3 | Forward/Center
Colony High School
Forney received numerous accolades as a junior in 2018-19, including All-Palomares League, All-Area First-Team, Hurrieta Valley Nighthawk Tip-Off All-Tournament Team, and All-Tournament at the 18th Annual Santa Aha Elks Classic. The Colton, California native was named the Inland Area Girls Athlete of the Week during the 2017-18 season along with being tabbed to California All-State by CaliHiSports. Forney was a force down on the low block, averaging 24.5 points and 14.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game while being named All-Mt. Baldy League during her high school career.
Mya Johanson | 6-2 | Forward
Herscher High School
Johanson is a two-time All-Area and All-Conference selection in 2017 and 2018. The Herscher High School product was named her high school team captain and third-team all-state in 2018. In 2019, Johanson was named her club team’s captain and earned the Best Teammate Award as she helped lead her team to a second-place UAA finish.
Emily Counsel | 6-3 | Guard/Forward
Willetton Senior High School
Counsel played for the Perth Lynx as a development player in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). As a freshman, Counsel was selected to the high school state championship varsity team to play at the National Championships. During the 2019 season, she averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game. In December of 2019, Counsel will compete in the Australian School Championships. The Perth, Australia native has been selected to the Western Australian State Team each year since 2016 and started as a junior. The incoming freshman helped lead her team to a bronze medal at the 2019 U20 Nationals along with helping her club team to a state championship in 2018. Counsel averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 steals while showcasing her sharpshooting skills with a 45.0 3-point percentage in 2018.
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