Four transfer additions to join men's basketball team

May 26, 2016 • Athletics

Morningside men’s basketball head coach Jim Sykes announced the names of four transfer additions who will join the Mustangs for the 2016-17 season.

The transfers will compliment a group of 13 high school recruits the Mustangs announced earlier this week.

Morningside’s transfer additions are:

Pierce Almond, a 6-2 guard from Grand Island, Neb., who will join the Mustangs with sophomore eligibility as a transfer from NCAA Division II University of Nebraska-Kearney. Almond scored six points and 10 games for the Lopers during the 2015-16 season.

Almond is a 2015 graduate of Grand Island High School, where he scored over 1000 career points and set a school record with 191 career 3-point field goals. Almond earned second-team Class A all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star as a senior when he averaged a team-high 18.2 points per game and also led Grand Island with 27 steals for a norm of 1.2 per game. He made 140 of 351 field goal attempts for 39.9 percent, 68 of 206 3-point field goal attempts for 33.0 percent, and 71 of 101 free throw attempts for 70.3 percent. Almond scored in double figures in all 23 of Grand Island’s games, including a season’s high 35 points against Lincoln Southwest behind a seven-for-nine shooting performance from the 3-point arc.

He averaged 15.7 points per game with a high of 33 points against Benson as a junior to earn honorable mention all-state laurels from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. Almond also received honorable mention all-state citation from both publications as a sophomore.

Alex Borchers, a 5-10 guard from South Sioux City, Neb., who will join the Mustangs with freshman eligibility as a transfer from NCAA Division I University of South Dakota, where he was a member of the Coyotes’ track & field team.

Borchers is a 2015 graduate of South Sioux City High School, where he led the Cardinals in scoring with an average of 18.0 points per game to compliment a norm of 4.2 rebounds per game as a senior to earn honorable mention Class A all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. Aside from leading the Cardinals in scoring, Borchers also had a team-high 188 assists and 54 steals for averages of 7.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He made 146 of 336 field goal attempts for 43.5 percent, 22 of 71 3-point field goal attempts for 31.0 percent, and 154 of 194 free throw attempts for 79.4 percent. Borchers had season’s high of 35 points against Waverly, 10 rebounds against Omaha Roncalli Catholic, 14 assists against Ralston, and seven steals against Norris. Borchers had a triple-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in a 69-53 victory against Omaha Roncalli Catholic.

Borchers also received Class A honorable mention all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star as a junior when he averaged a team-high 13.8 points per game and topped the Cardinals with 113 assists and 33 steals for norms of 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. He scored a season’s high 25 points against Omaha Skutt Catholic and dealt a career-high 18 assists against Sergeant Bluff-Luton.  Borchers was a Class A honorable mention Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star all-stater as a sophomore.

Tyler Borchers, a 6-7 forward from Le Mars, Iowa, who will join the Mustangs with freshman eligibility as a transfer from NCAA Division I University of South Dakota, where he was a redshirt this past season.

Borchers is a 2015 graduate of Le Mars Community High School, where he scored 1115 career points and earned first-team Class 3A all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association and the Des Moines Register in addition to first-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa laurels as a senior. Borchers averaged a double-double with norms of 18.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in his senior campaign to lead the Bulldogs in both categories. He shot a sizzling 62.2 percent from the field with 189 field goals in 304 attempts. Aside from leading the team in scoring, rebounding, and field goal accuracy, Borchers also topped the Bulldogs with 128 assists, 59 blocked shots, and 58 steals for averages of 4.7 assists, 2.2 blocked shots, and 2.1 steals per contest.

Borchers was a second-team INA all-stater and a first-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa performer as a junior when he averaged 18.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.5 blocked shots per game and shot 67.2 percent from the field. He also led the Bulldogs in rebounding as a sophomore when he averaged 6.4 caroms per game.

Sam Harrison, a 6-8 center from Eden Prairie, Minn., who will join the Mustangs with junior eligibility as a transfer from Rock Valley Community College, where he scored 32 points and grabbed 27 rebounds in 27 contests last winter. Harrison made 13 of 26 field goal attempts for 50.0 percent.

He averaged 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game and made 37 of 78 field goal attempts for 47.4 percent in 31 contests as a freshman.

Harrison is a 2013 graduate of Sibley East High School, where he averaged 12.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and dealt 57 assists for a norm of 2.3 per game in his senior season. He drilled 133 of 258 field goal attempts for 51.6 percent and converted 41 of 60 free throw attempts for 68.3 percent. Harrison had season’s highs of 28 points against Worthington, 10 rebounds against Mankato West, and seven assists against Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial.