Winner standout part of DWU men’s latest signees

Shane Murphy from DWU.

Shane Murphy

MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University head men’s basketball coach Shane Murphy added four new names to the 2012-13 Tiger roster Wednesday afternoon, highlighted by Winner standout Kyle Mathis and junior transfer Clint Roy.

Mathis was a two-year starter and four-year letter winner at Winner High School in Winner, S.D. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as a senior while shooting 43 percent from the field. He led the Warriors in scoring and assists and was second on the team in rebounding. Mathis, who earned all-conference and all-tournament accolades as a senior, led Winner to three straight trips to the Class A state tournament, and helped the warriors finish as high as fifth as a sophomore.

Mathis, who plans to major in business, also lettered four times in both football and track.

“Kyle is a nice get for us because of his great size,” said Murphy, who enters his third season with the Tiger men’s program in 2012-13. “He has the ability to play multiple positions, which is nice for us.”

Roy comes to Dakota Wesleyan from Glendale Community College in Glendale, Ariz., where he played with Danny Maman, who signed with the Tigers earlier this offseason. The 6-foot-7 forward played his sophomore at Glendale Community College, where he averaged seven points, four rebounds and one steal per game his second semester after sitting out the first semester.

Roy played his freshman season at Riverside Community College in Riverside, Calif., where he averaged five points and five rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from long range. He attended Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. where he averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game and earned first team all-league honors.

“Clint is a long, athletic kid who has the ability to affect the game in different spots for us,” Murphy said.

Also joining the Tigers are Jon Alford and Matt Appel. Alford comes to DWU from West Boyd High School. The Naper, Neb., native averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 74 percent from the line as a senior. The 6-foot guard earned all-conference first team honors, all-state honorable mention and was named to the Norfolk Daily News Elite 8 First Team. He also lettered three years in football and one in track and was a member of the A honor roll.

Appel comes to Dakota Wesleyan from Fulda High School in Fulda, Minn. The 6-3 forward averaged 16.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and two assists per game as a senior while helping the Raiders to a 20-8 record. As a junior he averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Appel was a two-time all-conference first team selection and earned Daily Globe All-Area Third Team honors in 2012. He finished his four-year varsity career with 1,081 points and is the third-leading scorer at Fulda High School.

Murphy’s latest four signees bring his recruiting total up to nine so far this offseason. The latest four signees join Mitchell High School teammates Jade Miller and Matt Henriksen, Tripp-Delmont/Armour’s Adam Fink, Tri-Valley High School’s Trae Bergh and Maman. Miller recently earned Class AA All-State Second Team honors, and Fink earned Class B All-State First Team accolades.