BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team received four national letters-of-intent during the late singing period, head coach Matt Bowen announced today. Joining the Beavers next season will be 6-foot-5, 190-pound forward Jon Krebs (Mahtomedi, MN/Mahtomedi HS), 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward Burke Lendl (St. Michael, Minn./Rogers HS), 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard Noah Shepherd (Minneapolis, Minn./Washburn HS), and 6-foot-6, 175-pound forward Mason Walters (Milton, Wis./Milton HS). The commitment of these four student-athletes combined with the early signing of Lakeville North’s David Berthene brings Bemidji State’s 2009-10 class to five.
“This is a solid recruiting class that will add to our depth,” said Bowen. “This group will provide a lift in rebounding, which is where we struggled the past year and these four student-athletes add to an already strong signing class with the early signing of David Berthene.”
Krebs comes to BSU after a two-year stint at the varsity level at Mahtomedi. He helped lead the Zyphers’ in 2008-09 to a 17-11 record his senior season before falling in the section 4AAA championship game to St. Paul Johnson. He had three 20-point games including a career-high 26-point effort in a 91-79 win over St. Paul Como Park on Dec. 16, 2008. He recorded double-digit point totals in 26-of-29 games and averaged 14.1 points per game while pulling down 7.0 rebounds per game and shooting 53-percent from the field (146-275). Krebs is also a center fielder on the Mahtomedi baseball team and has been a consistent member on the Mahtomedi High School honor roll.
Krebs’ father Stan holds down the ninth spot in the Minnesota State High School League for rebounds in a career with 1,277 and began his college career at the University of Minnesota before transferring to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Lendl is a three-time letter winner for the Rogers Royals basketball program leading his team to a 18-12 record, a section 5AAA championship and a trip to the 2008-09 Minnesota State Boys High School Basketball Tournament. He averaged 11.3 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 42.8-percent from the floor (95-222) with 26 blocked shots. Lendl also has three-point range as he knocked down 47 three-pointers during his career. Garnering nearly 400 rebounds during his high school career, Lendl received the Rogers H.S. team award “King of the Boards” after pulling down 185 rebounds (33-152-185) during his senior season. He had 34 double-digit scoring games including seven 20-point games with a career-high 28 points in a 72-59 win over Cambridge-Isanti on Feb. 19, 2008. He also had seven double-doubles during his final two season and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in a 69-68 win over Princeton on Jan. 12, 2008. Lendl was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for basketball at Rogers High School. He has also been active in the club circuit as a member of the Howard Pulley AAU program. He is also active off the court as he is a member of DECA, which is an association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service.
Shepherd leaves Washburn as a three-time letter winner for the Millers boy’s basketball team. He averaged 8.0 points per game as a senior and helped lead the Millers to a 25-5 record, a Minneapolis City Conference Championship, Section 6AAA Championship and a Minnesota State Class 3A Boys’ Basketball Tournament Championship. He notched 10 double-digit scoring games including a season-high 16-point effort in a 76-44 win over Minneapolis Roosevelt on Jan. 31, 2009.
Walters averaged 21.5 points per game during his senior campaign, which ranked him among the top 25 in scoring in the state of Wisconsin. He was a first team All-Southern Lakes performer his junior and senior seasons and was named to the Associated Press-All State Honorable Mention team at the end of his senior campaign. The 6-foot-7 forward notched 20 or more points in 17-or-21 games played during his senior season with the Red Hawks including seven straight 20-point contests. At the conclusion of his senior season he was chosen to participate in the Badger South All-Star Game where he was the Slam Dunk champion. Walters is also a member of the Milton High School golf team and has been a consistent member on the Milton High School honor roll.
“In evaluating this years signing class they all fit our style of play in that they can play multiple positions and they are all very skilled, which will certainly fit into our system,” commented Bowen. “I also feel we have increased our athleticism, so the areas we wanted to increase with this class were rebounding, athleticism, and enhance the high skill level kids we already have in our system and I think we meet all of those needs with this years recruiting class.”
With the addition of two Minnesota State Boys’ High School Basketball Tournament participants in Lendl and Shepherd. BSU now has six members on its current roster that played in the Minnesota State Boy’s High School Basketball Tournament when they were at their respective high schools. Patrick Cassidy (Jr., F, St. Paul, Minn.), Jimmy Johnson (Jr., C, Andover, Minn.), Brady Fairbanks (Jr., G/F, Bena, Minn.) and Bryce Tesdahl (So., G, Crosby, Minn.) also participated in the tournament during their high school careers.
Krebs, Lendl, Shepherd, and Walters are the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth spring late-period signees for Bemidji State since Bowen took over as head coach in the summer of 2006. That group includes junior guard Tyler Wruck (Foley, Minn.), Johnson, Cassidy and Fairbanks who all signed late in 2007 and current sophomores Jake Lindstrom (G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Tesdahl who signed during the 2008 late period.
The Bemidji State men’s basketball team finished the 2008-09 season 8-19 overall and 6-14 in conference play.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., competes at the NCAA Division I and II levels and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and College Hockey America (CHA).