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Northern State head men’s basketball coach Paul Sather has announced five additional commitments to the 2012 recruiting class. Incoming signees Darin Peterka (Miller, S.D.), Mack Arvidson (Grand Forks, N.D.), Brady and Brian Maxwell (Mitchell, S.D.) and Zach Kraning (Viborg, S.D.) have announced their intention to enroll in classes at NSU and join the Wolves’ basketball program for the 2012-13 season.
Peterka is a 6-foot-2 guard who led his Miller High School team to a 17-4 record during his senior season. A left-handed shooter, Peterka filled up the stat sheet by averaging 26.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 5.1 steals for the Rustlers. Peterka shot 52 percent from the field while also hitting 47 treys on the season. He was named to the First Team Class A All-State team this season and is a finalist for the South Dakota Mr. Basketball award that will be announced later this month.
“Darin has great versatility at the guard position and his season statistics really reflect that,” Sather said. “He has a tremendous instinctive feel for the game that can make his teammates around him better. We’re really excited not only about the kind of player we’re getting in Darin, but the kind of person he is makes him such a perfect fit for our basketball program and Northern State University.”
Peterka leaves Miller HS as the all-time leading scorer (1,754 points) and the all-time leader in 3-pointers made (174).
Arvidson joins the Wolves from Grand Forks Red River High School, where he led his team to a 2012 state tournament title in the largest classification (Class A). The 6-foot-2 scoring guard averaged 20.0 points and 6.6 rebounds while earning 1st Team All-State honors in Class A.
“Mack is an athletic wing player that can really score in a variety of ways,” Sather said. “His leadership abilities really shined in his senior season as he led his team to a state title. What makes Mack unique is the kind of character he shows both on the court and off. We’re excited about Mack joining our basketball family.”
Arvidson totaled 30 or more points on three occasions this season, including a 30-point showing against Fargo Shanley in the state title game. He averaged 22 points per game in the three state tournament games, earning MVP honors in the process.
Twins Brady and Brian Maxwell come to the NSU program after closing out their careers at Mitchel High School, where they helped lead the Kernels to back-to-back second place finishes in the Class AA state tournament. Both players are 6-foot-7 forwards.
“Brady and Brian are both an excellent fit at Northern State University and our basketball program,” Sather said. “They have put the team first while at Mitchell High School and filled key roles in the recent success for the Kernels. Brady has received many of the accolades up to this point, but both have a high ceiling and will continue to improve through their hard work and commitment to get better. We can’t wait to get them on campus and get that process started.”
Brady averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game on the season while earning First Team All-ESD Conference honors. He averaged 16.7 points and seven rebounds in three state tournament games, picking up All-Tournament team honors at the AA state tournament.
Brian was a key reserve for the Kernels both years. He had a season-high nine points against Huron this past season.
Kraning is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound center out of Viborg, S.D., where he helped lead his Cougar team to five straight Tri-Valley Conference championships. Kraning tallied 1,093 points, 769 rebounds and 367 blocked shots in his career, including a 12.7 point, 7.1 rebound per-game average as a senior. Kraning and the Viborg-Hurley squad finished second at the state Class B tournament last month. A 4-time all-conference selection, Kraning was named to the Class B All-State team as a senior, and was a 2010 all-state tournament selection, as well.
“Zach has shown that he has the ability to be a very good player at this level,” said Sather. “He’s had great success both on the court and in the classroom and we’re excited about his potential with his size, skill and feel for the game. He showed a lot of toughness this year playing in the state tournament with a torn ACL and helping his team to a state runner-up finish.”
The five join Skye Warwick of Rapid City, S.D. and Michael Schreiber of Rogers, Minn., who inked their commitments with the Wolves during the NCAA’s early signing period. Warwick finished off his senior season with a Class A state championship while averaging 18.2 points and 4.2 assists per game on the season. The sharp shooter totaled 104 made 3-pointers on the season, while shooting at a 43 percent clip. The 104 made 3-pointers broke the previous state record held by Josh Mueller. Warwick was also named First Team All-State, Class A Player of the Year, Sioux Falls Argus Leader Player of the Year and is also a finalist for the South Dakota Mr. Basketball award.
Schreiber also had a record-breaking season on the court during his senior season, averaging 19.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-8, 235lb center set Rogers High School records for points in a season (542) and highest field goal shooting percentage for a season (65 percent) and career (63 percent). He finishes his high school career second all-time in points (1,058) and rebounds (565). Schreiber was named MVP of the Mississippi 8 Conference and was named to the Minnesota All-Star Basketball Series, an all-star game featuring the Top 40 seniors in the state of Minnesota.
“The goal of our staff with this recruiting class was to bring in quality people and basketball players combined with a great pride in choosing Northern State University to further their education,” Sather said. “We couldn’t feel any better about this class of future Wolves and what the future will hold for Northern State basketball.”
Courtesy: Jacque Scoby, Northern State Athletics
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