MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University head women’s basketball coach Jason Christensen is currently putting the finishing touches on his roster for the upcoming 2012-13 season, but he also got a head start on his 2013-14 roster this week.
The future looks bright for the Tigers, as the first commitment for 2013-14 comes from Parkston High School standout Erica Herrold. The 6-foot junior forward is the first junior commitment for Dakota Wesleyan for the fall of 2013, and gives Christensen a good springboard for his recruiting for the rest of the season.
Herrold – who has the ability to play the three, four or five spot, wrapped up a successful junior campaign in the title game at the South Dakota Class A State Basketball Tournament this past season. She helped the Trojans to a runner-up finish in their first state tournament appearance since the 2004-05 season.
Herrold averaged 14.3 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists per game as a junior to help Parkston to a 22-4 overall record. The Dimock, S.D., native shot 43 percent from the field and 76 percent from the line. Herrold, who plans to major in nursing at Dakota Wesleyan, earned All-Little Missouri Valley and All-Southeast South Dakota conference honors and was named to the Class A All-Tournament team.
“Erica has a huge upside and she is a very versatile player,” said Christensen, who enters his third season with Dakota Wesleyan in 2012-13. “Any time you can get a 6-foot kid to play multiple positions, it’s an upside.
“We were thrilled to sign Erica, but what was even better to see was her excitement with us and her early signing with the program.”
Christensen also has nine recruits secured for the upcoming 2012-13 season. The Tigers lost just two players to graduation, and return a talented core of players who have seen ample playing time the past several seasons. Dakota Wesleyan went 16-15 in 2011-12 and made it to the Great Plains Athletic Conference postseason tournament. The Tigers picked up several wins against opponents receiving votes in the NAIA, and upset No. 14 Hastings College on a last-second 3-pointer.