SDSU builds for the future on National Signing Day

Signing Day

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KELO) — Lennox standout Madysen Vlastuin highlighted three players who signed with the South Dakota State University on Wednesday’s early NCAA national signing day.

In a news release, SDSU announced all three student-athletes will enroll at SDSU for the 2020-21 academic year as incoming freshman and will be eligible to play for the Jackrabbits next season. Here’s a look at the three signees.

Madysen Vlastuin | Forward | 6-1 | Lennox, S.D. | Lennox High School
Madysen Vlastuin was named the SD Gatorade Player of the Year, a KELO GBB Player of the Year finalist, Argus Leader First Five and the Midco SN Class A Player of the Year as a junior … a first team Class A all-state, Dakota XII Conference MVP and Dakota XII all-conference first team selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior … named to the Dakota XII all-conference third team as an eight grader … reached her 1,000 point milestone as a sophomore … during her freshman year she helped the Lennox girls basketball team to a second-place finish at the South Dakota Class A state basketball tournament … plays AAU basketball for the South Dakota Attack … during her junior season she averaged 16.8 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game … a member of the National Honor Society since she was a sophomore … student council executive board member … daughter of Leland and Lynette Vlastuin … brother, Jared, was a member of the track and field team at SDSU; he won seven Summit League titles and is an indoor and outdoor high jump record holder at State … sister Melissa is also a South Dakota State alum … major is undecided.

Emily Herzberg | Guard | 6-0 | Melrose, Wis. | Melrose-Mindoro High School
As a freshman, Emily Herzberg averaged 10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game … earned all-conference honorable mention honors … as a sophomore she averaged 12.2 points, 6.1 rebound and 3.6 assists per game … earned first team all-conference, WBCA and AP honorable mention all-state selections, while helping her team to a second-place finish at the state tournament … during her junior campaign, she was named first team all-conference, WBCA and AP honorable mention all-state and LaCrosse Tribune all-region team, while helping her team to its second-straight runner-up finish at the state basketball tournament … averaged 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists during the 2018-19 season … named 2019 Melrose-Mindoro Female Athlete of the Year … Herzberg also experience great success competing in volleyball and track and field … a three-time first team all-conference honoree in volleyball … 4x first team all-conference track season selection on three occasions … as a junior she broke the state triple jump recorded to finish runner-up at the state meet … holds numerous track records at Melrose-Mindoro High School … earned academic all-conference honors in all nine high school seasons she has competed in … class president as a freshman and sophomore and is the senior class vice president … daughter of Troy and Elizabeth Herzberg … plans to major in either biology or pre-dental in the fall at SDSU.

Mesa Byom | Forward | 6-2 | Melrose, Wis. | Melrose-Mindoro High School
Mesa Byom is a three-year varsity letterwinner in basketball, volleyball and soccer … a three-time first team all-conference selection in basketball … Wisconsin girls basketball all-state honorable mention team honoree … named to the All-Tribune first team and WBCA all-state team as a junior … helped her team to a second-place finish at the Wisconsin state basketball tournament as a sophomore and junior … averaged 13.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game during her junior season … heads into her senior season with a total of 976 points … a three-time academic all-conference honoree … daughter of Corinne Lloyd and Bradley Byom … mother played college basketball and soccer at Mount Senario … plans to major in nursing at SDSU in the fall.

The Jackrabbit soccer program announced seven additions as part of Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The incoming freshmen will join the team for the 2020 season.

“We are excited to bring seven new Jackrabbits to our program,” head coach Brock Thompson said. “This group is filled with hard-working, gritty champions who will wear the blue and yellow proudly.”

Hayley Lindaman D 5-4 River Falls, Wis. River Falls HS
Born Sept. 14, 2001 in River Falls, Wisconsin … daughter of Scott and Jo Anne Lindaman … plans to major in nursing.

  • Three-time ECNL Champions League National Qualifier (2017-19) and a two-time ECNL Midwest All-Conference pick (2018-19).
  • Named 2019 MTA ECNL Sportsperson of the Year while helping team to third-place finish at Nationals in 2018.
  • National Honor Society member, 2018-19 Academic All-Conference selection and four-time academic letterwinner.
  • Plays club soccer with MN Thunder Academy ECNL.

Thompson on Lindaman: “Hayley has all the traits we look for in defenders: consistent, steady and calm. She’s played in a ton of big games for MTA and that experience has prepared her for the transition to college soccer.”

Jackrabbit fans, we’re excited to welcome @hayleylindaman to the family! #GoJacks #RabbitsFutbol pic.twitter.com/kBO7LmoIuo– Jackrabbit Soccer (@GoJacksSoccer) November 13, 2019

Katherine Jones F 5-8 Woodbury, Minn. Visitation HS
Born April 23, 2002 in Los Angeles, California … daughter of David and Ann Jones … father, David, played goal at Notre Dame for one season … plans to major in Biology.

  • Three-time All-State (2017 Second Team, 2018-19 First Team) and All-Conference First Team (2017-19) pick.
  • 2019 Star Tribune All-Metro Second Team, being named as a finalist for Minnesota Miss Soccer and the Pioneer Press East Metro Player of the Year.
  • Career totals include 59 goals and 40 assists, including 26 goals and 10 assists as a senior.
  • Plays club soccer with Salvo Soccer Club. Previously played with Eclipse MN Soccer Club.

Thompson on Jones: “Katherine is a natural attacking player; someone who can play as a forward or higher in midfield. She’s a natural finisher but also able to create and connect when necessary.”

We’re excited to welcome Katherine Jones to the #RabbitsFutbol family! #GoJacks pic.twitter.com/XlD9IbXHdE– Jackrabbit Soccer (@GoJacksSoccer) November 13, 2019

Kayla Anderson D/MF/F 5-8 White Bear Lake, Minn. White Bear Lake Area HS
Born Oct. 15, 2001 in Chicago, Illinois … daughter of Ben and Janelle Anderson … plans to major in education.

  • Three-time All-State Second Team selection (2017-19) with all-conference honors the same years, being named team MVP and top offensive player the previous two seasons.
  • Tallied 61 goals through four seasons, including 21 as a junior (2018) and 24 as a senior (2019).
  • Three-year A Honor Roll selection (2016-18).
  • Plays club soccer with Salvo Soccer Club. Previously played with Maple Brook SC.

Thompson on Anderson: “Kayla is a sneaky forward but also a player that is versatile enough to play in many places. She’s played forward, as a central midfielder and as a center back.”

Jackrabbit fans, welcome @k_ande01 to the family! #GoJacks #RabbitsFutbol pic.twitter.com/HSlVbOV0TF– Jackrabbit Soccer (@GoJacksSoccer) November 13, 2019

Avery LeBlanc MF 5-4 Longmont, Colo. Silver Creek HS
Born May 2, 2002 in Longmont, Colorado … daughter of Rick and Kate LeBlanc … plans to major in nutrition and health science.

  • Played one year of varsity high school soccer, logging two goals as a freshman.
  • Stopped playing high school soccer after freshman year in order to participate in US Soccer Girls Developmental Academy program.
  • National Honor Society member and four-time Academic letterwinner.
  • Plays club soccer and currently serves as team captain on CO Rush Developmental Academy. Previously played with FCBoulder, helping the team reach nationals in 2017.

Thompson on LeBlanc: “Avery is a technical midfielder that can create both with the pass and off the dribble. What jumps out to me the most with Avery is her commitment to leading and being there for her teammates.”

We’re excited to welcome Avery LeBlanc to the #RabbitsFutbol Family! #GoJacks pic.twitter.com/nUwkqHcWBM– Jackrabbit Soccer (@GoJacksSoccer) November 13, 2019

Samantha Cullum D 5-6 Yorba Linda, Calif. Parkview HS
Born March 22, 2002 in Orange, California … daughter of John and Melody Cullum … plans to major in political science or global studies.

  • Played three years with Yorba Linda High School, then joined Soccer Girls Developmental Academy program.
  • 2017 Varsity conference runner-up.
  • Three-year athletic academic scholar (2016-18).
  • Plays club soccer with LA Galaxy Developmental Academy. Previously played with Arsenal FC and Slammers FC.

Thompson on Cullum: “Sam is a dynamic wide player that can play in the back or midfield. She’s a player that loves the game and trains with purpose. She will be a great addition to our program.”

Welcome our newest Jackrabbit, Samantha Cullum! #GoJacks #RabbitsFutbol pic.twitter.com/pN270RjBiA– Jackrabbit Soccer (@GoJacksSoccer) November 13, 2019

Kaycee Manding MF/F 5-6 Waipahu, Hawaii Waipahu HS
Has not played senior season … born June 2, 2002 in Oahu, Hawaii … daughter of Renee and Bernard Manding … sister of current Jackrabbit Karlee Manding … plans to major in secondary education.

  • 2019 All-OIA Western Division I First Team and two-time Division I OIA Honorable mention (2016-17).
  • Tallied eight goals to lead team in 2019 and had seven goals as a sophomore (2018).
  • Served as team captain for Waipahu Marauders last two seasons.
  • Plays club soccer with Hawaii Rush, pacing her division (HYSA U17) with 11 goals in 2019.

Thompson on Manding: “Kaycee is a skilled one-v-one player that is capable of playing as a central player or wide. She can score goals or create chances for others.”

One more signee for the day … welcome Kaycee Manding to the Jackrabbit family! #GoJacks #RabbitsFutbol pic.twitter.com/dLEN2OgerI– Jackrabbit Soccer (@GoJacksSoccer) November 13, 2019

Jenna Hallen D/F 5-8 Hudson, Wis. Hudson Senior HS
Born Dec. 20, 2001 in St. Paul, Minnesota … daughter of Diana and Leif Hallen … plans to major in Human Biology and exercise science.

  • Logged 13 goals as a junior.
  • Played high school volleyball as well.
  • Plays club soccer with St. Croix.
  • National Honor Society member.

Thompson on Hallen: “Jenna is a great athlete who possess an incredible work rate. She’s strong, fast and powerful and we believe can play either as a forward or defender for us.”

Jackrabbit fans, meet Jenna Hallen! #GoJacks #RabbitsFutbol pic.twitter.com/hL3DK9BOI7– Jackrabbit Soccer (@GoJacksSoccer) November 13, 2019


South Dakota State men’s basketball announced a pair of signees on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, with William Mfum and Noah King set to join the Jackrabbits in fall 2020.

“We are extremely excited to welcome both William and Noah to the Jackrabbit family,” head coach Eric Henderson said. “Our newest Jackrabbits will be a great fit to our program and fans will enjoy seeing them wear the yellow and blue.”

William Mfum enters his senior campaign at Spring Creek Academy (Plano, Texas) on a high note, earning All-Texas Christian Athletic League and All-City First Team honors as a junior. Mfum averaged 19.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in 2018-19, burying 34 3-pointers and hitting 47 percent from the field. The 6-2 guard scored 20 or more points in nine games a year ago and had one double-double. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Mfum is the son of Stella Nyarko and Seth Adjei and plans to major in business management.

“Willy’s athleticism, versatility and passion for the game will be something our fans will appreciate,” Henderson said. “He prides himself on being an aggressive defender and is electric in the open floor.”

Noah King averaged 19 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a junior, helping his team reach the section 1AA semifinals. The 6-2 guard has scored over 1,900 points in his prep career and is closing in on the school’s all-time scoring record. King also led Caledonia’s football team to a state championship in 2018 and will compete in the 2019 Class 2A Minnesota State Football Semifinals next week. The younger brother of current Jackrabbit Owen King, Noah hails from Caledonia, Minnesota and is the son of Brad and Susan King. He is undecided on his major.

“Noah’s competitive spirit and ability to get to the basket to create scoring opportunities makes him special,” Henderson said. “His passing instincts and unselfishness make him a perfect fit for South Dakota State.”

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