BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University head men’s basketball coach Mike Boschee announced today the addition of three newcomers have committed to Bemidji State and its men’s basketball program for the 2015-16 season and will enroll at the university in the fall. BSU’s recruits include William Harvey (Albuquerque, N.M.), Jordan Rhodes (Fountain, Colo.) and Elijah Valdez (Highlands Ranch, Co.).
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
“We are very pleased to add these three players to our BSU basketball family,” said coach Boschee. “They are all very skilled basketball players, but maybe more importantly, they understand what being a good teammate is all about.”
Boschee added, “I am excited to coach this group because of the intangibles they bring on and off the court. They have a team-first mentality, which is consistent to what we teach.”
• William Harvey (F, 6-6, 212, Albuquerque, N.M. / Northern New Mexico Univ.)
A junior transfer from Northern New Mexico University, averaged 11.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 31 games played during the 2014-15 season…Prior to NNMU he attended Cochise College…He shot 44 percent from the field and was 67 percent from the foul line, while dishing out 22 assists, charting 23 blocks and 30 steals…Charted one double-double with 29 points and 15 rebounds… Earned Dean’s List honors at Cochise College…In high school, Harvey earned three varsity letters in basketball.
Personal: Born October 14, 1993…Son of Bill and Valari Harvey…Intends to major in biology at BSU
• Elijah Valdez (G, 6-0, 160, Highlands Ranch, Co. / Trinidad State Junior College)
A junior transfer from Trinidad State Junior College, where he led the league in scoring 20.9 points per game…Earned Second Team All-Region Nine honors as a sophomore and was a two-time academic all-region selection…Named to Vice President’s List and was a National Who’s Who awardee…Was 45 percent from beyond the arc…Prior to Trinidad, Valdez attended Mountain Vista High School where he earned three letters in basketball…Was a two-time All-Continental League recipient and earned high school all-state honorable mention honors…Held the record for most three pointers attempted and made in a season…Posted a 44 percent career three-point percentage.
Personal: Born April 23, 1995…Son of Tony and Amy Valdez…Intends to major in marketing at BSU.
• Jordan Rhodes (F, 6-7, 190, Fountain, Colo. / UMASS Lowell)
A sophomore transfer from Division I University of Massachusetts Lowell…Appeared in two games in 2014-15, averaging 10.5 minutes, 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds...Shot 40 percent (2-5) from the floor and 50 percent (1-2) from the foul line...Made his collegiate debut putting up three points and three rebounds…Prior to being a River Hawk, he was a member of the Fountain-Ft. Carson High School basketball team, where he averaged 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal per game…Named to the All-Colorado Springs Metro League First Team as a senior…A 2014 5A All-Area selection…All-State honoree and Trojan of the Year recipient.
Personal: Born December 12, 1995…Son of Anthony and Christina Rhodes…Intends to major in psychology at BSU.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).