The Dickinson State Men's Basketball team would like to announce the signing of seven players to the 2018-2019 team. "We are very excited to announce the signing of these young men. They all bring different attributes and will all impact the program in different ways. This is a great start to our recruiting class and we look forward to getting to work with them," said head coach Josh Vaughan.
Tanner will be joining DSU Basketball in fall of 2018. Tanner is a local product from Bismarck High School. He averaged 11.5 ppg 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apg while shooting 39% from 3, and was named All-Conference during the 2017-2018 season. "Tanner has a rare ability to put the ball in the basket. When he gets going he is extremely fun to watch. We really look forward to watching his progress and think his best basketball is ahead of him." Coach Vaughan
Davis plans on pursuing exercise science while at DSU. "I chose to attend Dickinson State because it felt like home away from home. The smaller class sizes were great for me, and I can't wait to get started."
Melvin will be joining the Blue Hawks in the fall of 2018. Melvin last played for Bismarck State College in 2016-2017. That season he had averages of 20.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg. He scored over 1000 points in his junior college career and was named first team all-conference in his freshman season. "Melvin can score the basketball in a variety of ways. We were fortunate to add a dynamic scorer to this class." Coach Vaughan
Melvin listed the coaching staff and playing with his brother as a big reasons he chose DSU. "I chose Dickinson State because of the opportunity to play with my brother and the culture and pride I felt while on campus speaking with Coach Vaughan."
Raiden Forrest will be joining the Blue Hawks in the fall of 2018. Raiden is the brother of fellow signee Melvin Collins. He last played for West Fargo High School where he averaged 13.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg and his team had a 5th place finish in the Class A North Dakota State Tournament. "Bringing North Dakota guys to DSU is a priority for us and Raiden is another example of that. He also has a chance to be a very good player for us in the future." Coach Vaughan
Raiden gave numerous reasons for picking Dickinson State. "I chose Dickinson State University, because of the opportunity to continue playing basketball, and to play alongside my brother Melvin Collins III. I also chose Dickinson State University because of the experience that Coach Vaughan has had, playing, and coaching basketball at a high level."
Christian Kappel will be joining DSU Basketball in fall of 2018. Christian last played for Dawson Community College in 2015-2016 and averaged 15 ppg 4.5 rpg and 2apg. For the season, he shot 40% from the field, 38% from the 3 point line and 84% from the free throw line, and was named Second Team All-Conference. "After taking a couple years off we are both eager to get Christian back on the court. We are very excited to watch him in a Blue Hawk uniform!" Coach Vaughan
When asked why he chose DSU, Kappel replied, "I wanted to further my academic and athletic career. After getting input from past coaches and recommendations, Dickinson State was the logical choice for me to grow athletically and academically.'
Tayler will be joining DSU Basketball in fall of 2018. Tayler is a transfer student from Lane College in Eugene Oregon where he averaged 11 ppg 3 spg and 4 apg. "Tayler is a very good shooter who can also handle the basketball and make plays for other people. We will use him in a variety of ways as both a primary and secondary ball-handler and expect him to be a big piece to our team." Coach Vaughan
"I like the school and facilities. I feel like this school will be a good fit for me athletically as well as academically. I am very excited to be a part of the Blue Hawk family," Said Tayler.
Logan will be joining DSU Basketball in the fall of 2018. Logan is coming off a very successful high school career with Beulah High School where his team finished 5th at the Class B State Championship in North Dakota. He averaged 12ppg 4 rpg and 2.5 apg during his senior season while being named to the 2017-2018 All Region 7 team. "We are excited to add a local product to our team next year, Logan will bring an element of toughness to our team that will help establish a great culture at DSU." Coach Vaughan.
Logan plans on pursuing physical education while at Dickinson. "I chose Dickinson State University because it will be an excellent school to pursue my degree of becoming a physical education teacher and coach."
Michael will be joining DSU Basketball in the fall of 2018. Michael is a transfer from Williston State where he had a successful two year career. He averaged 10.9 ppg and 8.1 rpg this season. "Michael is a tremendous person who understands what hard work is. He does numerous things well on the court and will have a very big impact on our program." Coach Vaughan
Michael not only does well on the court but excels in the classroom, "I will be going into elementary education while at DSU and I know their staff throughout the school are smart, and will help you in any way to make sure you get your degree. DSU will be a great experience for me and I cannot wait to get started."