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Young signs two big men

Postby Rowdy on Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:06 pm

From the Herald Journal on-line

Wofford men's basketball has landed a pair of big (literally) recruits.

The Terriers signed 6-foot-6, 235-pound power forward Noah Dahlman of Braham, Minn., and a 6-foot-9 center Drewa Crowell of West Ashley High School in Charleston to national letters of intent.

"I'm just fired up about these two kids," Terriers coach Mike Young said. "We get some size. Crowell is a legitimate 6-9 post player. Dahlman could be a Big Ten football player. I mean, he's a moose."

Dahlman is the younger brother of Michigan State's Isaiah Dahlman, the all-time leading scorer in Minnesota high school basketball history with 3,365 points. When they teamed up to win the third straight Class 2A state championship last season at Braham High School, Noah was the top scorer. He was 9-for-11 shooting in the title game and led with 21 points.

"We had to beat a bunch of people to get him," Young said.

After getting more than a dozen Division I offers before the end of his junior season of high school, Dahlman said he narrowed his list to Wisconsin-Green Bay, North Dakota State, Wright State and Wofford. He visited the Spartanburg campus in late September.

"I loved the people there," Dahlman said. "Academically, it was a great fit for me. I thought I could compete on the court as well. … What struck me was the campus, how beautiful it was. It seemed like a great atmosphere. I really like how small it was and how everybody kind of knew each other. I thought that was great."

Crowell, meanwhile, averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds last season as a junior at West Ashley, where he was named to the all-conference team.

"He is a legitimate 6-9 post player, left-handed, and can step out and shoot the ball on the perimeter," Young said. "He's oozing with savvy. This guy is a skilled person. He's been well-coached. He's going to be a dandy basketball player for us."

Dahlman said he sees himself as a forward in college, with the ability to step out on the wings.

"I think I can do everything well," he said. "Not exceptional, but well."

He played for the well-respected Howard Pulley Panthers AAU team that travels overseas. Furman guard Eric Webb and sophomore guard Jadee Jones are Minnesota natives who played for Pulley.

Wofford was guard-heavy in recruiting for this season, and three of them (Junior Salters from Broome High School, Norm Nixon Jr., and 6-8 Corey Godzinski) have already seen significant playing time in the first two games of this season.

"We have managed here in the last couple of years to string together quality class behind quality class," Young said. "These most recent signings, we feel great about."
Rowdy
 

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