Cardinals Add Four Players to 2013 Recruting Class
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University men's basketball coach Randy Baruth announced today (May 17) that four players will join the Cardinals this upcoming fall as Saginaw Valley continues building their program.
Photos: Recruiting Class Photo Gallery
"We are excited to add Devin, Caleb, Lindsey, and Garrett to the SVSU Basketball family this spring. All four of them were great representatives for their previous schools. They will be great additions to the Cardinal basketball team."
Fr., Forward, 6-8, Perth, Western Australia
Prior to SVSU: Prepped at Sacred Heart Sorrento in Australia…selected to the 2013 West Australian State Team and averaged 17.5 ppg and 9.8 rpg…2012 West Australian Basketball League Male "Player of the Year"…Captain of West Australian State Team…Majoring in Business…Son of Stuart and Tracey Davis.
Randy Baruth Says: "Caleb is skilled for his size. He's 6'8 but he has the ability to play the perimeter and the post. Caleb has played against good competition with his Australian team, which will help him adjust to the college level."
Jason Cuperus (Head Coach Western Australia National Team) Says: "I have known Caleb since he was 11 years old and coached him in 2006 at our National schools tournament. Even back then you could see his drive to perform on the big stage and his desire to win. It has been a pleasure to watch him develop into the person he is today. This development culminated in Caleb being nominated by his peers as Captain of the West Australian state team and leading that team to a Bronze Medal in the National Championship. Once again I was lucky enough to coach that team. He is a great basketballer with an even better character. I wish him all the best in his endeavours and I am confident that he will be a model student and a fantastic inclusion into the SVSU program."
Fr., Guard, 6-3, Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral HS
Prior to SVSU: Prepped at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Ind. for head coach Andy Fagan…team finished runner-up in the 4A State Tournament…named "Defensive Player of the Year" and "Most Improved"…Named second team All-City and to the City/County Boys All-Star Game…Earned three letters in basketball…member of the honor roll…Majoring in Business Management….Son of Meredythe and David Hall.
Randy Baruth Says: "Garrett is a skilled player for us at the guard position. He has the ability to both knock down shots from the perimeter and attack the rim. Garrett also has a strong body, and has the potential to be a great rebounder and guard multiple positions. "
Andy Fagan (Head Coach Cathedral High School) Says: "Garrett Hall is an incredibly versatile player that along with Devin Dixon, compiled a 62-14 three-year varsity record. Garrett was an integral part of teams that won two city championships and was a state finalist in 2013. Garrett is an excellent shooter, defender and rebounder."
Fr., Center/Forward, 6-8, Carmel, Ind./Cathedral HS
Prior to SVSU: Prepped at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Ind. for head coach Andy Fagan…Captain of team his senior season on a squad that finished runner-up in the 4A State Tournament… Participated in the Eric Gordon Super All-Star Shootout his senior season…named "Most Improved" during his junior season… team won back-to-back City Championships in 2011 and 12….Member of the honor roll…Majoring in Business…Son of Patricia and Randy Dixon.
Randy Baruth Says: "Devin is a true back-to-the-basket big man. He's got a big body and at 6-foot-8, he moves well for his size. Not only does he have great athletic roots (father is a former NFL player and mother is a former college basketball player), but he also comes from a great program in Cathedral. We look forward to Devin joining our program."
Andy Fagan (Head Coach Cathedral High School) Says: "Saginaw Valley is getting an extremely accomplished player who has a huge upside in Devin Dixon. Devin played a vital role in our 25-6, state finalist season. Devin is looking forward to becoming a part of the Saginaw Valley State family."
Jr., Guard/Forward, 6-3, Apex, N.C./Cary Christian School/ Western Wyoming CC
Prior to SVSU: Transferring from Western Wyoming Community College after playing the past two seasons for head coach Ryan Orton…Averaged 11.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg during his final season at WWCC…scored a season high 21 points in a game against Casper College going six-of-nine from the floor and a perfect three-of-three from behind the arc…prepped at Cary Christian School for head coach Danny Thomas earning "Player of the Year" and All-State accolades his final season…was selected all-conference all four years at Cary Christian…earned Academic All-Region both years at WWCC and was a member of the A/B Honor Roll in high school…Majoring in Exercise Science…Son of Carlin and Mark Johnson.
Randy Baruth Says: "Lindsey brings both shooting and maturity to our program. His ability to make shots and create for others will make him tough to guard. Lindsey also has two years of playing collegiately which will bring experience to our program".
Brian Orton (Head Coach Western Wyoming Community College) Says: "Lindsey is the consummate student-athlete. On the floor, Lindsey was our most consistent player from start to finish this past season. He was our second leading scorer and led our team in assists. More than stats, Lindsey was one of our team captains and I was very appreciative of him buying into our team philosophy and system with this being my first year. It garnered a high level of respect and trust as well as showed our staff the level of maturity this young man possesses. He is very excited about becoming a Cardinal and will be a great ambassador for the University as well as the men's basketball program."