Tale of the Tape: Incoming Beavers Men's Basketball freshmen

Tale of the Tape: Incoming Beavers Men's Basketball freshmen
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Tale of the Tape: Incoming Beavers Men's Basketball freshmen

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Six incoming freshmen will make the transition from high school to NCAA Division II this fall during the Bemidji State University men’s basketball season. The balanced group, including three guards and three forwards, made their impact felt in past seasons and aim for higher goals with the Beavers.

The future freshmen Beavers student-athletes include 6-foot, 6-inch forward Logan Bader, 6-9 forward/post Zach Baumgartner, 6-6 guard Peyton Dibble, 6-4 guard Jai’Vionne Green, 6-3 Aage Rovney and 6-7 forward Lucas Wendt. Chadron State College transfer Sharif Black, a 6-1 combo guard, will join the group in their first season at BSU. Five of the six incoming freshmen hail from Wisconsin with the fifth heading to Bemidji from St. Paul, Minn. Four of BSU’s incoming recruiting class are ranked in the top 18 in the state of Wisconsin, according to WisSports.net.

Logan BaderLogan Bader (HIGHLIGHTS), from Milltown, Wis., was 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.”

Zach BaumgartnerZach Baumgartner (HIGHLIGHTS), from Kewaunee, Wis., was 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.”

Peyton DibblePeyton Dibble (HIGHLIGHTS), from Cameron, Wis., was 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.”

Jai'Vionne GreenJai’Vionne Green (HIGHLIGHTS), from Wauwatosa, Wis., comes from Wauwatosa East High School as the state’s 14th ranked player, according to WisSports.net. He is a first team all-state. First Team All-Greater Metro Conference and All-Suburban team honoree. Green finished his senior season with 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals per game to earn team MVP. His scoring efforts ranked third in the conference and earned him a spot on the Wisconsin all-star team.

“We are very excited to add Jai’Vionne to the program,” Boschee said. “His skill set, athleticism and determination are going to help him be very successful over the years at BSU. Everyone we talked with mentioned his character and work ethic, which are two qualities we value a great deal.”

Aage RovneyWilliam “Aage” Rovney (HIGHLIGHTS), from St. Paul, Minn., joins Bemidji State after serving as a three-year starter and four-year varsity player at St. Croix Lutheran, finishing the past three seasons on the Tri-Metro All-Conference team. He played both point and shooting guard for the Crusaders that finished third place at the Minnesota State Class AA tournament twice. Rovney finished as a 1,000-point scorer and was named to the Minnesota Class AA All-Tournament team this past season. He averaged 16 points, 4.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from behind the arc and 88 percent from the charity stripe in his senior season. Rovney holds the school’s single-season record with 84 3-pointers and the career record with 247 3‘s.

“Aage is a great addition to the program. He is a proven shooter that loves to get in the gym for extra work,” Boschee said. “He will help not only as a terrific player but in the way he works at his game. He’s won a lot of games in his high school career but maybe more importantly, he wins in his day-to-day process. He will play both guard positions for us that adds to his versatility.”

Lucas WendtLucas Wendt (HIGHLIGHTS), from Racine, Wis., was 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.”

The Beavers return nine student-athletes and six letter-winners, including three starters. Forwards Ben Best, Will Harvey and Shane White enter their senior seasons and guard Christian Pekarek comes in as a junior in 2016-17 to round out the returning upper classmen for BSU. Guard Sharif Black joins Bemidji State after transferring from Chadron State College. Black averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 rebounds last season at CSC and was the 28th ranked player in Detroit coming out of Cass Tech High School according to Southern Detroit Magazine. 

All signees and transfers are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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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).