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Coyote Men’s Basketball Adds 11 Recruits

Mike Hammett - July 17, 2013 5:14 pm

Kansas Wesleyan Men’s Basketball coach Chris Fear announces the Coyotes’ 2013-14 recruiting class ahead of the upcoming season, his third at KWU.

“This group of student-athletes has the potential to contribute greatly to the Kansas Wesleyan community and excel in the classroom as well as the basketball court,” Fear said. “On the floor, this group brings the depth, size and athleticism that we need to continue our growth as a program.”

The 2013-14 class includes 11 student-athletes, including two transfers and nine incoming freshmen.

Signing with the Coyotes are: Devin Bockhaus, Nick Boehler, Trent Edwards, Orion Hughes, Dominque Johnson, Zach Koppelmann, Cole Loewer, Jacob Lunz, Kyle Roth, Layne Shirley and Braxton Stein.

Devin Bockhaus (6-6, 225, C, Oklahoma City, Okla. / Rose State College (Okla.)) – Devin comes to Kansas Wesleyan after transferring from Rose State College. He will have four seasons of eligibility remaining at Kansas Wesleyan. He graduated from Midwest City High School in 2012, averaging five points and five rebounds per game, helping the team to a 20-7 record his senior season.

Nick Boehler (6-7, 230, F, Leawood, Kan. / Johnson County CC (Kan.)) – Nick will come to KWU after two seasons at Johnson County where he averaged 2.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers in 2012-13, playing in 28 games, averaging 12 minutes per game.

“Our coaching staff is very excited to have Nick Boehler join the Kansas Wesleyan University family,” Fear said. “He is a quality student and will greatly help to strengthen our inside game. I look forward to Nick contributing greatly from the moment he steps on campus.”

Trent Edwards (6-2, 170, G, Mesquite, Texas / West Mesquite HS) – Edwards comes to KWU after helping his high school team, West Mesquite, to a 23-7 record in 2013.

“Trent is a versatile guard who can get to the rim and defend the basketball. He played in a quality high school basketball program and is a very unselfish teammate. Trent is a welcome addition to the Coyote basketball family.”

Orion Hughes (6-3, 195, F, Marana, Ariz. / Mountain View HS) – Orion joins the KWU basketball team after playing at Mountain View HS in Tucson, Ariz. He averaged 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while being named Honorable Mention All-City as a senior.

“I am very pleased that Orion Hughes has become a Coyote. Our staff is looking forward to Orion’s development as a student and basketball player at Kansas Wesleyan,” Fear said.

Dominique Johnson (6-0, 160, G, Fort Worth, Texas / Saginaw HS) – Dominique joins the KWU program after playing at Saginaw High School in Fort Worth, where he averaged 19.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as a senior. He was named First Team All-District and First Team All-Region.

“Dominique is an outstanding addition to the Coyote family. He is a very good student and basketball player,” Fear said. “Dominique can score the basketball in a variety of ways and has the ability to become an excellent defender as well.”

Zach Koppelmann (6-2, 190, G, Burden, Kan. / Central HS) – Koppelmann will join the KWU program along with teammate Cole Loewer in 2013-14. He averaged 13 points and five rebounds per game at Central HS. He was named First Team All-League and Honorable Mention All-State as a senior. She received Academic All-State and Academic All-League honors and was also named as a Governor’s Scholar.

“I am pleased to have Zach join the Coyote basketball family,” Fear said. “Zach has had an outstanding basketball and academic career at Central. I look forward to his contributions to our campus and basketball program.”

Cole Loewer (6-4, 165, F, Burden, Kan. / Central HS) – Loewen joins high school teammate Zach Koppelmann at KWU in 2013-14. He averaged 10 points and four rebounds per game while earning Honorable Mention All-League and Honorable Mention All-State honors in 2013. He also was named Academic All-League and Academic All-State.

“Cole Loewer is an excellent addition to the Kansas Wesleyan University family,” Fear said. “Cole is an excellent student and has an opportunity to grow into a very solid KCAC player.”

Jacob Lunz (6-6, 195, F, Wakefield, Neb. / Wakefield HS) – Lunz comes to KWU from Wakefield (Neb.) HS where he averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 rebounds per game on the way to being named Honorable Mention Nebraska All-State.

“I am very pleased to have Jacob join the Coyote men’s basketball program,” Fear said. “Jacob is an excellent student as well as basketball player and is a tremendous addition to the Coyote family. We look forward to Jacob’s contributions to Kansas Wesleyan.”

Kyle Roth (6-4, 190, F, Edmond, Okla. / Edmond Memorial HS) – Roth comes to Kansas Wesleyan after playing at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Okla. He helped Memorial to a 26-2 record and a Oklahoma Class 6A State Championship in 2013 after finishing as runners-up in 2012.

Layne Shirley (6-0, 170, G, Council Grove, Kan. / Council Grove HS) – Shirley comes to Kansas Wesleyan after playing at Council Grove HS, averaging eight points, two rebounds and two steals per game. He earned both All-Conference and Academic All-Conference honors last season.

“Layne Shirley is an excellent addition to the Coyote men’s basketball program,” Fear said. “He brings toughness and an ability to get to the basket. Additionally, Layne is a fine student and will have a very positive impact on our campus.”

Braxton Stein (6-3, 170, F, Frisco, Texas / Heritage HS) – Stein averaged 13 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 59 percent from the field earning Second Team All-District and was named to the All-District All-Defensive team.

“I am delighted that Braxton Stein will be joining the Coyote Men’s Basketball Program. Braxton is a quality young man and outstanding student. As a player he can play inside and outside, defends and rebounds well. He has the opportunity to be a very productive player in the KCAC.”

The Coyotes open the 2013-14 season on November 1 and 2 at the York (Neb.) Classic and open the home portion of the schedule on November 7 against Manhattan Christian (Kan.) at Mabee Arena.

~Courtesy Kansas Wesleyan University Sports Information and kwucoyotes.com~