Myles Cochran, 6-2, Bolingbrook (IL)
Alex Dellis, 6-2, F, Algoma
Marian University men's basketball program has picked up five stellar high school basketball players from the state of Wisconsin.
Alex Dellis of Algoma, Charlie Witek of Kewaskum, Will Polczynski of New Berlin Eisenhower, Austin Gifford of Watertown and Coy Paulson of Fond du Lac recently decided to continue their education and play basketball for the Sabres and coach Mark Boyle.
Dellis earned Player of the Year honors in the Packerland Conference as a senior when he led the league in scoring at 20.7 points per game while helping Algoma to a 17-8 record.
The 6-foot-2 wing player scored a career-high 37 points in a victory over Manitowoc Lutheran and shot 52 percent from the field, 65 percent from the free throw line and 29 percent (47 of 160) from three-point range.
Dellis is a three-year varsity performer at Algoma who averaged 12.8 ppg as a junior and earned second-team all-Packerland honors.
Witek is a phsyical 6-foot-4 forward who can score around the basket. He averaged 17.4 ppg as a senior to rank third in the East Central Conference.
A three-year varsity performer and 1,000-point scorer, Witek poured in 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a non-conference victory over St. Mary's Springs. He earned second-team all-league honors and helped Kewaskum to a 10-13 record.
As a junior, Witek averaged 18.5 ppg and also earned second-team all-conference recognition.
Polczynski is a 6-foot-6 forward who helped New Berlin Eisenhower to a 20-3 record and the title in the Western Division of the Woodland Conference by averaging 4.5 ppg.
Gifford had a strong senior season for Watertown, averaging 10.0 ppg for the Goslings and scoring a career-best 25 points in a victory over Grafton.
Paulson handled the ball against pressure and helped Fond du Lac to a 9-15 record by averaging 3.5 ppg in the rugged Fox Valley Association.
Marian University is a NCAA Division III school located in Fond du Lac. The Sabres compete in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference and finished 14-13 overall and 10-10 in league games last season.
Ryan Biffert, 6-1, G - Lomira
Isiah Daniels - Campbellsport - 6'7 - Center
By: Mark Miller, Wissports.net
Marian University coach Mark Boyle has always placed a heavy emphasis on recruiting talented local high school basketball players to his program.
The NCAA Division III school located in Fond du Lac picked up yet another gifted player from the area this week when Isiah Daniels, an athletic 6-foot-6 forward, committed to the Sabres.
Daniels, a unanimous first-team all-league selection in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference as a senior, averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per game while helping the Cougars to a 17-8 record, including an 8-6 league mark.
He scored a career-high 33 points in a 52-49 victory over a solid Kettle Moraine Lutheran squad early last season and finished his three-year varsity career with 1,015 points.
"Isiah worked hard getting into better physical shape so he could go longer periods of time without fatigue being an issue," Campbellsport coach Kyle Twohig said. "Mentally, he also progressed as a senior. As a junior, he'd get a bit off his game when the play became physical. But as a senior, he did not let that bother him."
Daniels averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior and six points and six rebounds an outing as a sophomore.
"He became a leader for our team as a senior and did a great job of communicating with our guys," Twohig said.
Marian finished 22-7 and won the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference title with a 17-3 mark under veteran coach Mark Boyle last season. The Sabres dropped a 66-64 decision to UW-Stevens Point in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Boyle, who enters his 27th year as the Sabres' head coach in the fall, has won 346 games during his tenure at Marian and last year relied heavily on several local high school graduates, including Cody Veleke (6-5) of Oakfield, Sam Koslowski (6-1) of St. Mary Central in Neenah, Drew Binversie (6-0) of Valders and Alex Stecker (5-7) and Mike Keller (6-4) of Oostburg.
"Coach Boyle has been involved with Isiah for a long time and made him a recruiting priority," Twohig said. "Isiah fits in well with what coach Boyle does at Marian. He is athletic, runs the floor and has very good hands."
By: Mark Miller, Wissports.net
Marian University coach Mark Boyle recently picked up a verbal commitment from one of the state's top class of 2014 forwards as Alex Manhardt of West Bend East informed Boyle he would play basketball for the NCAA Division III Sabres.
Manhardt (6-6) is an athletic, mobile forward who runs the floor and uses his athleticism to attack the glass. He averaged 11.9 points per game as a senior for a West Bend East squad that went 16-7 and finished second to WIAA Division 2 state champion Wisconsin Lutheran in the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference standings.
Manhardt earned second-team all-league recognition as a senior and started for coach Ryan Tomczyk in each of the past two seasons.
Logan Velasquez is a 6'6 forward from Plainfield Central High School in Plainfield, Illinois. Velasquez was a two year starter, two-time all-conference selection and team captain as a senior at Plainfield Central. His best game came this past season against Plainfield North when he scored 29 points and hauled in 12 rebounds. In addition, Velasquez is the school's all-time leading rebounder with 622 career rebounds.
By: Mark Miller, Wissports.net
Marian University came within an eyelash of upsetting host and perennial national power UW-Stevens Point in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on March 7.
The Sabres had two opportunities in the closing seconds of the game to take the lead, but came up just short both times as the Pointers registered a pulsating 66-64 victory.
Marian, which won the Nothern Athletics Conference regular season and tournament titles, finished the year with a 22-7 record under veteran coach Mark Boyle. Three seniors who averaged in double figures will graduate this spring in Cody Veleke of Oakfield, Sam Koslowski of St. Mary Central and Jeff Harris of Chicago.
So a solid recruiting class is of major importance to Boyle and his coaching staff.
The Sabres got off to a good start with their 2014 recruiting class when Freedom senior Mike Waters committed to the Marian program.
An attacking wing guard/forward, the 6-3 Waters earned third-team all-league honors in the Eastern Valley Conference as a senior when he averaged 9.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for coach John Van Rossum and the Irish.
Waters helped Freedom to a 17-6 record with his relentless drives to the basket. He led the team in both free-throw attempts (103) and free-throws made (67).
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