Additions bring summer signing total to five
On the eve of fall semester student-athletes reporting to campus, Northwest College men's basketball coach Andy Ward announced a trio of signees to the Trapper hoops program. The signings include a shooting guard, a wing and a post player.
Followers of the Trappers will likely recognize the last name of new Fort Collins, Colo., signee Ty Ackelson. Ackelson, a 6'2” shooting guard, is the younger brother of two-year Trapper Mitch Ackelson, who graduated this past spring. The younger Ackelson averaged 18 points and five rebounds per game as a senior for Fossil Ridge High School.
Included in those numbers are a 37 percent accuracy from 3-point range an an 87 percent clip at the free throw line.
“(Fossil Ridge coach) Matt Johannsen does a great job of developing his student athletes and preparing them for college and the rigors of intercollegiate basketball,” Ward said. “Ty is an exceptional 3-point shooter with outstanding range. He's an instant threat from the offensive perimeter and works very hard on the defensive end of the floor, too. He's a great fit for our basketball program and we are looking forward to his contributions at Northwest College.”
Joining Ackelson as a member of the Trappers incoming 2010-2011 recruiting class will be 6'2” wing Dee Crandall from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City.
Crandall averaged 13 points per contest as a senior, earning all-region and all-state honors as a senion.
“Judge Memorial has a strong reputation for having an outstanding basketball program,” said Ward. “The coaching staff there consistently moves students into intercollegiate basketball programs. Dee was a member of their state championship team as a junior, plus he's an outstanding student, making the honor roll all four years.”
Crandall is expected to add depth to the Trappers' perimeter game, but Ward also notes that he provides the team with a strong, physical athlete.
“He possesses a great work ethic and has a very high basketball IQ,” Ward said.
The final addition to the Northwest College basketball family is Kemmerer native Eric Robinson. The 6'4” Robinson will reunite with former high school teammate Keeton Tucker after averaging 15 points and seven rebounds this past winter.
“Eric was recruited to play college football, but has opted instead to play college basketball,” said Ward. “He brings a tremendous work ethic to our team and will be a physical presence in the paint. He also has the ability to step out and play some on the perimenter. He shot better than 50 percent from the field as a junior and as a senior and was an all-conference and all-state selection both of those years,” added Ward.
The Trappers are coming off a 25-7 campaign in 2009-2010. Northwest College spent significant chunks of the season appearing in the NJCAA's top 25 poll.