University of South Dakota head men's basketball coach Dave Boots announced Monday that Melbourne, Australia, native, Adam Thoseby has inked with the Coyotes bringing the 2012-13 recruiting class to six. Thoseby will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility with the Coyotes beginning in 2013-14.
"Adam will be a huge addition for us," Boots said. "He is a tremendous shooter and a very athletic 6-4 guard. With a year of learning our system, he will be able to step right in and make an impact. Adam also is an exceptional student and we are extremely happy to have him."
Thoseby most recently was at Utah State where he played in 28 games and started two for Stew Morrill's Aggies. He averaged eight minutes per game and went 16 of 59 from the field, including 10 of 32 from beyond the arc for fifth-best on the team. He tallied 16 points at Idaho State last season which was the third-best offensive output from any wing player last season.
Prior to Utah State, Thoseby played in the summer of 2011 for Great Britain's U-20 basketball team which participated in the European Championships as Thoseby's team eventually bowed out in the semifinals, as he scored 27 points versus Iceland, 17 versus Romania and 10 against the Czech Republic. He averaged 8.9 points, shot 57.6 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc, while he was a 75 percent free throw shooter for the summer. Thoseby prepped at Maine Central Institute (MCI) in 2010-11 where he helped lead the Huskies to a 20-11 record and the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AAA title.
Before coming the United States, Thoseby played his senior year with the U-18 Reading Rockets in England where he nearly averaged 27 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game. During his final game of the season, he scored 34 points, hitting 8 of 10 triples.
Thoseby joins Tyler Larsen (6-3, guard) of Casper College and a Las Vegas, Nev., native, Karim Rowson (6-5, guard) of Western Oklahoma State College and New York, N.Y. and Eric Robertson (6-7, forward) from Wayzata, Minn., and the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., who signed earlier in the spring. Rowson averaged 18 points and five rebounds at WOSC leading the team in scoring this past season. Robertson spent last season at the IMG Academy where he averaged 12 points and 10.1 rebounds per game after earning all-conference honors and honorable mention all-state honors at Wayzata High School.
Casey Kasperbauer of Carroll, Iowa, and Tyler Flack of Lakeville, Minn., signed during the early signing period in November. Kasperbauer earned ESPN High School Midwest Player of the Week honors in February as he scored 47 points including 17 in the fourth quarter in an 84-70 win over Winterset (Iowa). He connected on eight triples and all 11 free throws in the second highest scoring game for an Iowa player this season.
Flack, a 6-7 center from Lakeville North High School, helped lead his team to the state championship game in March and just the school's second appearance in school history. Flack led his team with 12 points in the championship game - a 49-47 loss to Osseo High School.