BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University head men’s basketball coach Mike Boschee announced today that five student-athletes have committed to the program during the early signing period.
Logan Bader, Zach Baumgartner, Peyton Dibble, Lucas Wendt and Jake Zeitler will enroll at Bemidji State next year and join the men’s basketball program.
“We are really excited to add these five players to our program next year,” Boschee said. “They are great young men with families we have enjoyed getting to know.
“They are a perfect fit for Bemidji State University and what we are looking for in our basketball program. They are all skilled basketball players but we also like how unselfish and committed they are to being successful on and off the court.”
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Logan Bader, a 6’6” forward from Milltown, Wis., is a 12-time letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball at Unity High School while being named All-Lakeland Conference in basketball. Bader averaged 16.3 points and 9.7 rebounds his junior season. He was a starter on the sectional final team all three seasons while advancing to the Wisconsin state tournament once. In addition to his contributions on the court, Bader was named to the honor roll each year.
“We really like Logan’s size, versatility and toughness,” Boschee said. “He will be able to knock down the three while also being able to go inside to score from the drive and post up.”
Son of Jeffery and Melissa Bader, Logan plans to study physical therapy at Bemidji State.
Zach Baumgartner, a 6’8” forward from Kewaunee, Wis., is a four-time letterwinner in basketball while also earning letters in soccer and track at Kewaunee High School. He averaged 13.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a junior while being a unanimous first-team All-Packerland Conference selection. Baumgartner was selected as KHS’s Defensive MVP as a junior and Most Improved Player as a freshman and sophomore. He was also named to All-Conference second team in soccer as a goalie his junior season while being selected the track team’s Athlete of the Year as a sophomore. Baumgartner earned honor roll merit each year at KHS while also earning two academic letters.
“Zach is an athletic big who will knock down 3’s, run the floor with the best of them and block shots,” Boschee said. “He is an above-the-rim big that’s perfect for what we do.”
Son of Mike and Michelle Baumgartner, Zach plans to study exercise science at Bemidji State. His parents participated in track at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as Michelle was a four-time Division III National Champion in high jump and an eight-time All-American.
Peyton Dibble, a 6’5” guard from Cameron, Wis., is a four-time letterwinner in basketball at Cameron High School. He averaged 17.8 points per game while helping CHS to a 22-3 record and back-to-back Lakeland Central Conference championships as a junior. Dibble was named Lakeland Central Conference Player of the Year and earned All-Conference honors twice. In addition to his contributions on the court, Dibble earned honor roll distinctions at CHS.
“Peyton is a versatile/athletic/physical guard who can play the point, shooting guard and small forward positions,” Boschee said. “He will shoot the 3, drive it with a dunk and also post up to score.”
Son of Chad and Jackie Dibble and Dawn Linsley, Peyton plans to study wildlife biology at Bemidji State.
Lucas Wendt, a 6’6” forward from Racine, Wis., is a four-time letterwinner in basketball at Shoreland Lutheran High School. He was named to the All-Metro Classic Conference and Kenosha All-County teams, first-team on both during his junior season and second-team on both as a sophomore. Wendt averaged 16.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game as a junior while averaging 15 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
“Lucas is a forward that is very athletic,” Boschee said. “He can shoot it, score inside, traffic rebounds and will probably dunk on you at some point.”
Son of James and Tracy Wendt, Wendt is undecided on a major at BSU.
Jake Zeitler, a 6’4” guard from Luxemburg, Wis., is an eight-time letterwinner in basketball and football at Luxemburg-Casco High School. He averaged 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game while being named unanimous first-team All-North Eastern Conference and Green Bay Press-Gazette first-team All-Area as a junior. Zeitler shot 49.3 percent from the field while also knocking down 40.3 percent from 3-point range. He earned second-team All-Conference his sophomore season and honorable mention All-Conference as a freshman. Zeitler was selected preseason honorable mention All-State for his upcoming senior season.
“Jake does a lot of things well,” Boschee said. “He rebounds, assists and scores, but he is a High IQ player that can shoot it from deep.”
Son of Russ and Jenny Zeitler, Jake plans to study physical education and business at Bemidji State.
The five signees is the largest early-period class for Bemidji State men’s basketball during Boschee’s three seasons with the program.
Bemidji State begins its 2015-16 campaign at 8 p.m. Friday while hosting Northland College at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers will follow-up with another home match-up at 8 p.m. Saturday against Crown College.
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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).