Two freshmen announce signing to Beaver Men’s Basketball for 2018-19

Two freshmen announce signing to Beaver Men’s Basketball for 2018-19
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Two freshmen announce signing to Beaver Men’s Basketball for 2018-19

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball Head Coach Mike Boschee announced the signings of freshman guards Nick Bieniek and Steele Senske on Wednesday’s signing day. Both freshmen will join the program beginning with the 2018-19 season.

Both student-athlete’s acceptance is contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

“I am very excited to add these two shooters from Park Christian High School and Annandale High School,” Boschee said. “They both will add a great deal of proven shooting ability to our program for years to come.”

Nick Bieniek, a 6-foot-4-inch wing from Annandale, Minn., was a selection to the All-West Central Conference and All-Section 6 teams while finishing his career at Annandale High School with 991 career points. He was a team captain during his senior season under head coach Skip Dolan while averaging 17 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.2 assists per game with a 43 percent 3-point average. Bieniek finished his career with 203 3-pointers, including 96 during his senior season, and was also a letter-winner in football.

Bieniek was born Feb. 18, 2000 and is the son of Eliot and Angela Bieniek. He was an honor roll student at AHS. Bieniek is currently undecided on a major.

“Nick is a 6-4 wing that can flat out shoot it,” Boschee said. “He has good size for a wing that we can use in multiple ways. His ability to space the floor from the wing will be so important to the way we run offense.”

Steele Senske Jr., a 6-4 guard from Glyndon, Minn., finished his career at Park Christian High School under head coach Josh Lee scoring 18.3 points through his four-year career. He recorded 25 points, 8.0 rebounds 4.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocks per game during his senior campaign with the Falcons. Senske ended his career with 227 3-pointers, including 70 at 39 percent during his senior season, and shot 42 percent from the field overall.

Senske was born Aug. 21, 1999 and is the son of Steele Sr., and Sherry Senske. He was a B Honor Roll member as a sophomore, junior and senior. Senske’s sister, Sierra, ended her women’s basketball career at Bemidji State after the 2017-18 season as the program’s eighth-leading scorer all-time. Senske plans to major in biology with a minor in psychology.

“Steele is an athletic 6-4 guard that can play multiple positions on the floor,” Boschee said. “His ability to create, pass and knock down 3’s will be very valuable to our program.”

Nick and Steele join Max Bjorklund and Cody Landwehr as incoming freshmen, as the former duo signed to the Beavers during the early-signing period in Nov. Bjorklund is a 6-1 guard from Orono, Minn., and Landwehr is a 6-7 forward from St. Cloud, Minn.

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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).