Morningside head men’s basketball coach Jim Sykes announced the names of four recruits who will join the Mustangs next season.
Morningside head men’s basketball coach Jim Sykes announced the names of four high school recruits who will join the Mustangs for the 2015-16 season.
The recruits are Tyler Borchers and Tyler Paulson from Le Mars Community High School, Ryan Stoll from Le Mars Gehlen Catholic High School, and Brock Wiederhold from Sioux City Bishop Heelan Catholic High School.
Borchers, a 6-7 center, and Paulson, a 6-2 forward, are the two leading scorers and rebounders for a Le Mars Community team that will take a 20-4 record into this week’s Class 3A state tournament.
Borchers is averaging a double-double with norms of 18.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game to lead the Bulldogs in both categories. He is shooting a sizzling 63.1 percent from the field with 173 field goals in 274 attempts. Aside from leading the team in scoring, rebounding, and field goal accuracy, Borchers also tops the Bulldogs with 123 assists, 56 blocked shots, and 52 steals for averages of 5.1 assists, 2.3 blocked shots, and 2.2 steals per contest.
Borchers was a second-team Class 3A all-state selection of the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) 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. Borchers also led the Bulldogs in rebounding as a sophomore when he averaged 6.4 caroms per game.
He has amassed 1057 points and 563 rebounds for averages of 15.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game during his prep career.
Paulson is averaging 12.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game to rank second on the Bulldogs in both categories. He is one of the team’s top 3-point field goal threats with 34 treys in 96 attempts for 35.4 percent. Paulson has made 109 of 228 field goal attempts for 47.8 percent and 54 of 80 free throw attempts for 67.5 percent. He also ranks among the Bulldogs’ leaders with 71 assists and 29 steals for averages of 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per contest.
Paulson averaged 12.0 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game as a junior. He has scored 604 points during his varsity career.
Stoll, a 6-0 guard, helped lead Gehlen Catholic to a 44-4 record over the past two seasons.
Stoll led the Jays with 37 3-point field goals and was their second leading scorer with an average of 12.6 points per game this season. He averaged 3.3 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 36 steals for an average of 1.6 per contest. Stoll made 97 of 230 field goal attempts for 42.2 percent, 37 of 116 3-point field goal attempts for 31.9 percent, and 58 of 79 free throw attempts for a team-high 73.4 percent.
He averaged 8.6 points per game and made a team-high 23 3-point field goals as a junior. Stoll scored 503 points over his junior and senior seasons.
Wiederhold, a 6-9 center, averaged 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this past season at Bishop Heelan Catholic. He was the Crusaders second leading rebounder and led the team with 33 blocked shots for an average of 1.5 rejections per game. Wiederhold made 50 of 94 field goal attempts to lead the Crusaders in field goal accuracy at 53.2 percent and was one of their best free throw shooters with 40 free throws in 52 attempts for 76.9 percent.
The recruits will join a Morningside team that will take a 27-4 record into this week’s NAIA Division II National Tournament. The Mustangs, making their fifth national tournament appearance in the last 10 years, were this season’s co-champions of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) with a 17-3 league record.