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May 3rd, 2010
Bobcats sign four in hoop recruiting class

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Searching for its first winning season since 2002-2003, the Texas State men’s basketball team recently announced “one of the most monumental recruiting years in Texas State basketball history,” in the words of Bobcats head coach Doug Davalos.

The Bobcats added a 6-foot-9 forward considered one of the top two dozen players in the Texas high school game, a pure point guard with penetration quickness and a three-point shot, a 6-7 junior college guard and a 6-7 all-state high school forward from Wisconsin.

Those players join forwards A.J. Stewart and Matt Staff as new players on next year’s Texas State team. Stewart is a 6-9 transfer junior  from Kentucky, while Staff transferred mid-season last year from New Mexico.

The new recruits include Nick Hinton, the 6-9 forward who is listed as one of the top 24 high school players by Texas Hoops after averaging 16.2 points and 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game last season at Frisco Wakeland.

“Nick is a talented and versatile left-handed forward who has a soft touch and is an effective scorer inside the paint or on the perimeter,” Davalos said. “His ability to shoot the three coupled with his size and athleticism makes him a very special player. He also is a versatile defender, productive rebounder, runs the floor well and can flourish in the transition game.”

Another recruit, Stevie Rogers, is a 5-11 guard who attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CN, after playing at Strake Jesuit in Houston. He ranked as one of the Top 12 players in Connecticut last past season while averaging 17 points, eight assists and three steals per game. He also was named an All-Western New England first team selection in 2009-10.

“Stevie is a pure point guard, who can be a catalyst on offense and defense,” Davalos said. “He is extremely quick and effective in the open floor and a solid decision maker when directing the offense in the half court. His ability to knock down the three-point shot combined with his quickness and decision making makes him very hard to guard.”

Travis Jones is a 6-7 guard who averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals per game at last year Lon Morris after attending Georgetown High School.

“Travis has played in one of the toughest junior college regions in the country and should be prepared to be an immediate impact player for us,” Davalos said. “He has outstanding ability to shoot or slash to the basket from the wing. He also is a very versatile defender and an above average rebounder from the guard position. He has a very good feel for the game and can play both guard positions.”

Reid Koenen is a 6-7 forward who was named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star team after being selected Honorable-Mention All-State by the Associated Press. He also was named to the All-Racine County team and was the Player of the Year in the Midwest Classic Conference. He averaged 19.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game as a senior. As a junior, Koenen averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Racine County in both categories.

“Reid is a very skilled player on the wing, and has tremendous range as a three-point shooter,” Davalos said. “He can really handle and pass the ball. His length, skill and athletic ability make him a very unique player. As he gains some strength and adjusts to the college game, he is going to be an outstanding player.”

Forwards John Rybak and Emmanuel Bidias A’ Moute completed their senior seasons in 2009-10, when the Bobcats finished 15-16. Texas State was fifth in the Southland Conference with a 9-7 record.

The Bobcats haven’t finished with a winning record since 2002-03, when they were 16-13 under Dennis Nutt.

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