STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point head men's basketball coach Bob Semling announced today his class of six incoming student-athletes who will continue their careers with the Pointers in 2010-11.
The Pointers finished the 2009-10 season with a record of 29-4 (.879) and claimed the program's third NCAA Division III championships in the past seven seasons with a dramatic 78-73 victory over Williams College (Mass.). Coach Semling was honored with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Coach of the Year award for his team's stellar post-season run in March.
The Pointers lost three players to graduation from last year's National Championship team including the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, Matt Moses. Moses tallied 1,124 career points, 20th on the school's all-time scoring list.
Included in the list of recruits are transfers DeVon Jackson (Milwaukee/Rufus King/ Williston State) and Jamie Mauch (Mooreton, ND/Hankinson/North Dakota Sciences) along with freshmen Adam Abbegglen (Krakow/Pulaski), Johnny Johnston (Milwaukee/Whitefish Bay), Blaine Mueller (Watertown) and Scott Pohle (Ballwin, Mo./ Parkway South).
"I'm pleased with the overall talent level and ability of this class," said Coach Semling. "They fit the profile of what we're looking for in our recruits. Winning is very important along with being a part of something bigger than themselves."
DeVon Jackson transferred to UW-Stevens Point after one semester with Williston Junior College. While with Williston, he averaged nine points per game. A native of Milwaukee and graduate of Rufus King, Jackson was a First Team All-City conference pick his senior season, averaging 14 points per game, a team high. He also led the team in assists and steals as a senior. With Jackson, King was a two-time state tournament qualifier, both his sophomore and junior seasons.
Jamie Mauch was a two year starting forward for North Dakota State College of Science where he averaged nine points and five rebounds a game. He was second on the team in steals and had the Wildcat's best assist-to-turnover ratio while earning the team defense and hustle awards. He shot 61 percent from the field, 35 percent from three-point land and 78 percent from the charity stripe in 54 games with the Wildcats and helped lead the team to the Junior College National Championship as a freshman. A runner-up for Mr. Basketball for Hankinson High School prior to college, Mauch was a four-time first team all-conference selection in basketball and a three-time honoree in football.
Adam Abbegglen finished his high school career averaging 16 points and eight rebounds per game for the Red Raiders. He was a First Team All-Fox River Valley Conference selection his senior season and led the team to a second place finish in the league in 2010.
Johnny Johnston was a three year starter for the Blue Dukes and was a first team all-conference performer his senior season, averaging almost 15 points per game. A second team all-league performer as a junior, the Blue Dukes won the North Shore conference title. In 2010, Whitefish Bay fell in the sectional finals to Waukesha Catholic Memorial.
Blaine Mueller was a two year letterwinner for the Goslings of Watertown High School, leading the team to an 18-6 record his senior season. Mueller posted a career-high 26 points his senior season in a game against Wilmot and for his career averaged 13 points, four assists and five rebounds. The two-time all-conference player was a captain junior and senior years and also played on the varsity tennis team.
Scott Pohle, who missed much of his senior season due to injury, still managed to return at season's end and score 25 points in just his second game. His junior season he was a first team All-Suburban West player. He was named among the top players in the St. Louis area by ESPN's Rise Magazine and was named the top shooter in St. Louis by Ramseybasketball.com. He started on the varsity team since a freshman and during his career became the school's all-time leader in three-point field goals made. Pohle also holds the school record for three-point field goals in a game.
"We look forward to welcoming these young men and their families to our program," said Semling. "Our staff is committed to helping them achieve their goals of playing in a championship program and having a great college experience."
Although the 2010-11 men's basketball schedule is not yet complete, the Pointers are poised to make a run for the program's fourth national title with four starters and two top reserves returning for the upcoming season.
Courtesy: UWSP Press Release