MARQUETTE, Mich. – First-year Northern Michigan University men's basketball coach Bill Sall announces his first recruiting class. The group consists of six transfers and five true freshmen. Ethan Blackwell, Brandon Havercamp, Chavis Mattison, Alex Mustert, Justin Newell and Larry Taylor transfer into NMU. Joey Barnes, Dorrell Foster, Marcus Hall, Caleb Harrington and Wade Schetter join Brett Branstrom as the freshmen class.
"I'm excited that we were finally able to finalize our roster with a large group of quality basketball players and students," Sall said. "We will be a team that Wildcat fans can be proud of and everyone is ready to get to work."
Barnes is a 6-foot-9 center from Brentwood, Tenn. He lettered at Ravenwood High School and was named the district and region MVPs and his team won its district in 2011. His uncle John played and coached basketball at Michigan Tech and is currently the head women's coach at Youngstown State.
Blackwell, a 5-7 guard from Detroit, Mich., lettered four times at East Detroit High School. He was named third team all-state, MVP of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division and MVP of the MAC White Division. Blackwell's teams were two-time district and league champions. He attended Texas Southern last year.
Foster is 6-6 guard/forward from Farmington, Mich. He lettered three times at North Farmington High School and was named the team's MVP after a 13-7 senior season. Foster attended Bridgton Academy last year.
Hall is a 6-3 guard from Grand Rapids, Mich. As prep at East Grand Rapids High School he was named a Bankhoops.com All-State selection after his junior season. Hall also earned Grand Rapids Press All-Area Honorable Mention Dream Team accolades and was an all-conference honoree for the Pioneers. He played AAU for the Grand Rapids Storm.
Harrington, a 6-1 guard from Kingsford, Mich., lettered three times at Kingsford High School. He was named Detroit Free Press All-State Honorable Mention, Basketball Coaches of Michigan Special Mention, ABC First Team All-UP, First Team Great Northern Conference and Defensive Player of the Year. The Flivvers were conference and district champs during his time there.
Havercamp, a 6-8 forward/center from Kawkawlin, Mich., spent two seasons at Saginaw Valley State. He appeared in seven games in 2012-13, shooting 2-for-4 from the field and pulling down five rebounds. Prior to SVSU, Havercamp lettered twice at Bay City Western. He was a McDonald's All-American nominee and all-state honorable mention selection.
Mattison, a 6-5 guard from Simpsonville, S.C., comes to NMU after two seasons at Mott Community College. He appeared in 35 games and started 26 in 2012-13. Mattison averaged 8.2 points per game, scoring a season-high 17 points at Macomb Community College. He appeared in 22 games in 2011-12 and scored 47 points on the season.
Mustert is a 6-7 forward/center from Grand Rapids, Mich. He played a season for Grand Rapids Community College (2012-13) and a season for the Calvin College JV team (2010-11). Mustert was named first team all-conference after appearing in 29 games a season ago, starting 28. He was second on the team, averaging 13.6 points per game and led the team in rebounds at 9.2 per contest. Mustert scored 20 points in eight games, including a season-high 25 at Kellogg Community College and a 21-point, 20-rebound game vs. Kellogg. He played in 15 games and started two at Calvin, scoring 6.9 points per game.
Newell, a 6-5 forward from Milwaukee, Wis., played at Triton College for two seasons (2010-13). Last season he appeared in 23 games and averaged 11.8 points per game. He scored in double figures 14 times and scored a season-high 24 points at Black Hawk College-Moline. In high school, he played at Rufus King as a guard, forward and center. He was nominated for an All-American game.
Schetter is a 6-foot guard from Carney-Nadeau, Mich. He played five years of varsity basketball at Carney-Nadeau High School and was named Basketball Coaches of Michigan All-State, Associated Press Class D All-State Honorable Mention, Dream Team All-UP, First Team Skyline Conference and Skyline Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 22.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 5.1 steals during his senior year and scored a school record 1,561 career points. Schetter finished his career 12 steals shy of breaking the state record. The Wolves played in the Class D semifinals for the first time in school history when he was a junior.
Taylor, a 5-10 guard from Jackson, Mich., led Jackson Community College in scoring last season at 12.8 points per game. He also appeared in 27 games and averaged 4.7 assists while starting 25 games. Taylor had four 20-point games, including a season-high 28 points at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He played at Jackson High School.
Players returning for the 'Cats are senior forward Michael Smith, junior guard Spencer Huss and sophomore guard Terry Nash. NMU's first game is set for Nov. 18 against Grace Bible at 7:30 p.m. from the Berry Events Center.
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