Wilber adds six to recruiting class
Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball coach Matt Wilber has landed three college-level transfers and three additional incoming freshmen for the Tigers' 2014-15 recruiting class, it was announced Monday.
"There is going to be competition for our minutes next year with everybody coming back," Wilber said of where the incoming players will blend with the returning contributors for the Tigers.
Former Huron High School star and member of the University of Sioux Falls men's basketball team Luke Carr has signed to play with DWU. Carr, who will have three years of eligibility with the Tigers, used a redshirt while at USF. The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior at Huron. He did not play basketball last year.
"Luke is going to be around all summer, playing with our guys and he will have all fall," Wilber said. "He is going to have an advantage over a traditional transfer."
After playing for Iowa Lakes Community College and then Dakota State University during his first two years of college, Terrell Newton joins the Tigers. The Huron graduate scored 9.5 points and pulled down 4.7 rebounds per game in 2012-13 for DSU. Newton, a 6-foot-5 forward, did not play basketball last year and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
"He is a very talented player and makes other players better on the court when he is out there," Wilber said. "I would look for him to provide a spark for our team as well."
Joey Mitchell, who committed to the Tigers on June 2, has one year of college basketball remaining. He transferred from Black Hills State University and averaged eight points per game for the Yellow Jackets. Wilbur said Mitchell will add depth to the Tiger backcourt that saw Tate Martin and Trae Bergh receive the majority of the minutes in 2013-14.
"When you bring in a transfer, it's about seeing how they are going to fit in with the returners," Wilber said. "The way we play in a system, especially with Joey and Terrell, I think both sides are going to complement each other."
In addition to the three transfers, Wilber added three freshmen to the DWU recruiting class, including Luke Carr's younger brother, Caleb Carr. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for Huron in 2013-14.
"Caleb is a prototypical NAIA kid because of his ability to develop and play multiple positions," Wilber said. "I think Luke and Caleb are pretty excited to play basketball together."
Darren Fallis, of Corsica, comes to DWU after earning all-conference honors for the Corsica/Stickney boys basketball team in 2013-14. He averaged 13 points and five rebounds per game.
Jason Spicer, from Sioux Falls Roosevelt, also joins the Tigers as an incoming freshman. He averaged 9.6 points per game, helping the Rough Riders to the 2014 Class AA state title.
The DWU recruiting class for 2014 now sits at 16.