Morningside men’s basketball head coach Jim Sykes announced the names of three prep recruits who will join the Mustangs next season.
Morningside College head men’s basketball coach Jim Sykes announced the names of three high school recruits who will join the Mustangs for the 2015-16 season.
The recruits are Chase Coon, a 6-1 guard from Parker, Colo.; Garrett Griffin, a 6-1 guard from Lincoln, Neb.; and Elias Tiedgen, a 6-2 guard from Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Coon and Tiedgen met in this year’s Colorado high school state tournament when their Chaparral and ThunderRidge teams squared off in the Class 5A quarterfinals, where ThunderRidge advanced with a 52-47 triumph. ThunderRidge eventually reached the state championship game, where it lost 55-42 against Overland to finish with a record of 24-4.
Coon was the third leading scorer with an average of 10.4 points per game for a Chaparral team that finished with an 18-8 record. He was second on the team with 70 assists for an average of 2.7 per game and ranked third with 24 steals. Coon made 94 of 179 field goal attempts for 52.5 percent and 40 of 104 3-point field goal attempts for 38.5 percent.
Coon made 10 of 15 field goal attempts when he scored a season’s high 23 points to help lead Chaparral to an 88-66 win against Chatfield. He dealt a season’s high six assists in games against Douglas County and Heritage and had a season’s high four steals against Desert Mountain.
Coon averaged 9.6 points per game, led the team with 25 steals, and ranked second on the team with 52 assists and 26 3-point field goals as a junior.
Tiedgen was the second leading scorer with an average of 9.1 points per game for ThunderRidge’s state runner-up team. He also ranked second on the team with 74 assists for a norm of 2.6 per game and was third on the team with 13 steals. Tiedgen made 89 of 206 field goal attempts for 43.2 percent, 25 of 87 3-point field goal attempts for 28.7 percent, and 53 of 85 free throw attempts for 62.4 percent.
He scored a season’s high 25 points against Coolidge and dealt a season’s high five assists in games against George Washington, Highlands Ranch, and Horizon.
Tiedgen led ThunderRidge in scoring as a junior when he averaged 14.6 points per game and made 55 of 134 3-point field goal attempts for 41.0 percent en route to first-team All-Continental League honors.
Griffin is a senior at Lincoln High School, where he averaged 2.8 points per game for a team that posted a 19-5 record this past season. He was Lincoln’s best 3-point shooter with 16 3-point field goals in 40 attempts for a team-high 40.0 percent. Griffin ranked second on the Links with his 16 3-point field goals.
Griffin scored a season’s high 11 points in games against Lincoln North Star and North Platte and made three of four 3-point field goal attempts in each game.
The recruits will join a Morningside team that enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in school history during the 2014-15 campaign. Morningside finished with a 28-5 record for the second highest victory total in school history and was the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) co-champion with a 17-3 league record. The Mustangs made their fifth national tournament appearance in the last 10 years, where they lost 72-70 in the second round against the University of Saint Francis.