South Dakota State head coach Scott Nagy announced the addition of four players to the 2014-15 men's basketball squad, all of whom signed a National Letter of Intent, indicating their plans to attend SDSU next fall and play for the Jackrabbits.
The signees include:
Mike Daum, 6-9, F, Kimball, Neb., Kimball High School
Deondre Parks, 6-3, G, Flint, Mich., Kingdom Christian Academy, Iowa Lakes CC
Reed Tellinghuisen, 6-5, G/F, Sac City, Iowa, East Sac County High School
Ian Theisen, 6-9, F, Osseo, Minn., Osseo High School
Named the Western Trails Conference MVP following his junior season, Mike Daum led Kimball High School to a 21-3 record and to the state semifinals averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds per game. The Omaha World Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and the McCook Gazette all selected Daum on their all-state teams following the season.
Nagy on Daum
"He's probably one of the best shooters in terms of big men that we've ever recruited, maybe the best, and he really shoots the basketball. In high school they play him inside mostly, but we got to see him this summer on his AAU team and he was one of the best shooters I saw all summer. So in terms of how we play and try to spread the floor and want to put five people on the floor that can shoot the basketball, he's a very good fit for us."
A native of Flint, Mich., and a NJCAA Division II third team All-American in 2012-13, Deondre Parks started all 34 games as a freshman last year at Iowa Lakes Community College, averaging 15.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in leading the Lakers to a 26-8 record and an ICCAC regular season title, the Region II championship and a berth in the national tournament.
Through the first three games this season, Parks averages 27 points, with four assists and four rebounds per game, while shooting 53 percent from the floor overall and 62 percent from 3-point range.
Nagy on Parks
"He was a third team All-American last year as a freshman at Iowa Lakes, so he has high expectations and we do as well. He's a smaller guard in terms of what we're used to, but he's really a good shooter and ball handler, he's aggressive, which in today's game is very important just because the way the games are being called. He's going to end up scoring a lot of points because he's going to get fouled a lot."
Sac City, Iowa native Reed Tellinghuisen joins the Jackrabbits from East Sac County High School, where he averaged 25.3 points per game in 2012-13, the highest average in all of Class ‘2A'. He also averaged 7.3 rebounds 3.6 assists, 3.8 blocks and 2.7 steals per game as a junior.
A unanimous first team all-conference selection in 2012-13, he also earned first team all-state selections from the Des Moines Register and Iowa Newspaper Association and second team all-state honors from Sports Spotlight. He also earned a selection to the National Basketball Coaches Association "Rising Senior Event" for Team Iowa and an invitation to the John Lucas Elite Camp.
Off the court, Tellinghuisen maintains a place on the high honor roll with a 3.9 grade point average as a member of the National Honor Society and earned academic all-conference honors for his work on the court and in the classroom.
Nagy on Tellinghuisen
"Reed is a 6-5 guard that can play the two, three, four, maybe even the one spot sometimes depending on who we play, but again, I think in terms of the people we watched this summer, along with Daum, maybe one of the best shooters we've ever seen, and we think that he's a tremendous basketball player. He's one of the top shot blockers in the state of Iowa last year, very good athlete, very good instincts, but the best thing he does is put the ball in the basket, and he does it in a lot of ways."
Already the all-time leading rebounder in Osseo High School history with 921, Ian Theisen (pronounced Ty-son) entered his senior season ranked second in school history with 1,302 points. A team captain as both a junior and senior, the Osseo, Minn., native earned all-conference honors in each of his first three years on the team, and led the Orioles in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots as a sophomore and a junior. He averaged 18 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as a sophomore, with 15 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game as a junior. He also entered his senior season with 51 career double-doubles.
Nagy on Theisen
"They've had tremendous basketball teams at Osseo, so he's used to winning and he knows how to win. He's big, physical, skilled and has great hands. Certainly with the two players we lose this year in Jordan and Marcus, he's going to provide us with some size inside, but he's still a very skilled passer and shoots it well, so he's a good fit for what we try to do."