Minnesota Crookston Men’s Basketball Finalizes Roster for 2022-23 Season – Crookston Times


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CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team finalized their roster for the 2022-23 season with the signings of Jordan Mitchell (F, 6-8 205, Columbus, Ohio/Dodge City CC (Kan.) and Dezmond Washington (G/F , 6-6 200, Los Angeles, Calif./East Los Angeles College). The two signees join an incoming class that includes: Matthew Allman (G/F, 6-6 190, London, England/Glenville State College (WV) , Isaiah Bundy-Smith (F, 6-6 210, Rugby, ND/Golden State Prep (Calif.), Peter Fuchs, Jr. (G, 6-4 190, Wausau, Wis./DME Academy (Fla.), De’Antray Hughes (F, 6-7 205, New Orleans, La./Barton Community College (Kan.), Xzavier Jones (G/F, 6-4 190, Milwaukee, Wis./Iowa Lakes CC), Chandler Meeks (G, 6-1 185, Omaha, Neb./Omaha Westside HS), Pedro Rossi (F, 6-8 215, Bahía Blanca, Argentina/St. Bonaventure University), and Blaize Sagna (G, 6-3 190, London, England/Howard College (Texas).

“We are very happy about finalizing our roster for this coming year,” said Head Coach Bryan Beamish. “We are excited about the versatility of our guys, which will allow us to play many ways on both sides of the ball. School will be starting up here in less than a month and we can’t wait to get going.”

Mitchell and Washington give the Golden Eagles two experienced and versatile players who can play and guard multiple positions, adding athleticism and length to the roster.

The Golden Eagles are looking to build on an 8-19 (5-16 NSIC) mark. UMN Crookston will enter a new era, as they will be in their first season under Beamish as head coach. Minnesota Crookston will have a new look squad heading into the 2022-23 slate. The Golden Eagles have 10 new players to go with four returnees. Marcus Thompson (F/C, 6-6 265, Brooklyn, NY), Ron Kirk, Jr. (G, 6-4 176, Milwaukee, Wis.), Rambo Badyal (G, 6-3 180, Kelowna, British Columbia), and Tyrese Shines (G, 6-3 190, La Grange, Ill.). Shines did not play basketball during the 2021-22 season but remained at UMN Crookston as a student. He averaged 19.4 minutes per game and 6.6 points per tilt as a freshman during the 2019-20 season. Badyal recently decided to return to the Golden Eagle roster. He made an instant impact elevating the team in practice, earning time on the court. Badyal played in 14 games as a junior. He had a season-high six points against Wayne State College. Thompson averaged 3.9 rebounds per game in 25 tilts as a junior, while Kirk played in 19 games as a freshman with a season-high eight points versus Northern State University.

The student-athletes listed as having signed a National Letter of Intent or Offer of Admission to compete on the men’s basketball team at the University of Minnesota Crookston have been verified by the Minnesota Crookston compliance office once they sign the National Letter of Intent or once the student-athlete has accepted an Offer of Admission for Minnesota Crookston.

Jordan Mitchell (F, 6-8 205, Columbus, Ohio/Dodge City CC (Kan.)

Mitchell was ranked the top recruit in Ohio by 270 Hoops coming out of high school. He was the 10th-best recruit in Ohio according to 247 Sports. Mitchell played the 2021-22 season with Dodge City CC after coming back from injury. Dodge City CC went 30-5 last season, competing in the NJCAA DI National Championship Tournament. He played in 13 games as a redshirt freshman. Mitchell had four points and six rebounds against Northwest Kansas Tech. He spent the 2020-21 season with Hutchinson CC, where he redshirted. Mitchell attended Montverde Academy in Florida, a program that has produced top talent, including 12 current NBA players. Mitchell was a teammate at Montverde Academy with current NBA players Moses Moody (Golden State Warriors), Cade Cunningham (Detroit Pistons), and Precious Achiuwa (Toronto Raptors). Mitchell had offers out of high school from the University of Florida, University of Iowa, Ohio State University, and Xavier University. Mitchell played at Gahanna Lincoln HS, prior to transferring to Montverde Academy. He averaged 11.7 points per game in his final season with Gahanna Lincoln HS

He is the son of Robert and Trinelle Mitchell of Clermont, Fla. He plans to major in business at UMN Crookston.

“Jordan brings depth in the big position,” Beamish stated. “He is very skilled offensively which will allow us to play our style of basketball. His size and versatility give us another player that will be able to play multiple positions. We can’t wait to get Jordan in a Golden Eagle uniform.”

Dezmond Washington (G/F, 6-6 200, Los Angeles, Calif./East Los Angeles College

Washington averaged 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for East Los Angeles College during the 2021-22 season. He shot 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. Washington scored a season-high 28 points against Compton CC He had 23 points versus Santa Monica CC He aided East Los Angeles College to a 25-5 mark as a sophomore. He helped his squad advance to the regional final, where they had a narrow loss to West Los Angeles CC Washington had a season-high 11 boards versus Citrus College December 15. As a freshman, Washington notched 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for East Los Angeles College. As a freshman, Washington had a season-high 10 points against both Mt. San Antonio CC and El Camino CC He earned All-Conference accolades at East Los Angeles College. He played his prep ball for Blair HS in Pasadena, Calif. As a junior in high school, Washington notched 20.6 points per game in 31 games. In high school, he was named the John R. Wooden Player of the Year, presented to the top high school basketball players in each CIF Southern Section division.

Washington is the son of Shanna Washington. He plans to major in general studies at UMN Crookston.

“Dez brings length, athleticism, and toughness to our roster,” Beamish said. “We feel he can be a very good defender with the ability to guard multiple positions. Dez is a player that can get out in transition and make winning plays. He will put pressure on the defense with his slashing/driving ability. We are excited to add him to our basketball family.”

Minnesota Crookston 2022-23 Roster

G 1 Blaize Sagna, 6-3 190, London, England/Howard College (Texas)
F 2 De’Antray Hughes, 6-7 205, New Orleans, La./Barton Community College (Kan.)
G 3 Ron Kirk, Jr., 6-4 176, Milwaukee, Wis./Dominican HS
G/F 4 Xzavier Jones, 6-4 190, Milwaukee, Wis./Iowa Lakes CC
G 5 Chandler Meeks, 6-1 185, Omaha, Neb./Omaha Westside HS
F 10 Jordan Mitchell, 6-8 205, Columbus, Ohio/Dodge City CC (Kan.)
G/F 11 Matthew Allman, 6-6 190, London, England/Glenville State College (WV)
G 12 Peter Fuchs, Jr., 6-4 190, Wausau, Wis./DME Academy (Fla.)
G 13 Tyrese Shines, 6-3 190, La Grange, Ill./Lyons Township HS
F 14 Pedro Rossi, 6-8 215, Bahía Blanca, Argentina/St. Bonaventure University (NY)
G 20 Rambo Badyal, 6-3 180, Kelowna, British Columbia/Northwest College (Wyo.)
F 23 Marcus Thompson, 6-6 265, Brooklyn, NY/Lander University (SC)
G/F 24 Dezmond Washington, 6-6 200, Los Angeles, Calif./East Los Angeles College
F 30 Isaiah Bundy-Smith, 6-6 210, Rugby, ND/Golden State Prep (Calif.)

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