ESCANABA, Mi. Bay College has announced a nine-player recruiting class for the 2019-2020 Men's Basketball Team. Six of the nine players are from the U.P. or surrounding area.
Former Kingsford guard, Tyler Beauchamp will be joining the Norse after playing three and a half varsity seasons for the Flivers. Tyler graduated as Kingsford's all-time leading scorer with 1080 points. He was a three-time All Great Northern Conference and All-UP selection. As a senior Tyler averaged 20 points per game, collected 5 rebounds per game, and dished out 3 assists per game.
Christopher Dobessi-Tindane, a guard from Wayne Memorial High School in Detroit, is coming to Bay following a three-year varsity career. Chris scored 14 points per game, averaged 7 rebounds per game and was recognized as Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Forward Xaviel Fields comes to Bay from Romulus High School in Detroit. The six-foot six-inch Fields scored 10 points per game, gathered 5 rebounds per game, and averaged 5 steals per game as a senior.
Detroit native and Lincoln Park High School guard, Khalid Fleming averaged 16 points per game, averaged 6 assists per game, and collected 4 rebounds per game and was selected Team MVP and All-Conference. Fleming surpassed the 1,000 point mark in his career.
Austin Forbes played four seasons of varsity basketball at Gwinn High School. Forbes surpassed the 1,000 mark while being named to the Mid Pen All-Conference team for three seasons, while scoring 17 points per game and dishing out 7 assists per game as a senior.
Former Brimley guard and four-year varsity player Marcus Harris was selected First Team Eastern UP Conference and All-State Honorable Mention following a 23-1 season. Harris scored 17 points per game, grabbed 5 rebounds per game, had 4 assists per game, and averaged 3 steals per game while being selected as Defensive Player of the Year following his senior season. He surpassed the 1,000 point mark in leading his team to 23 straight victories during his senior season.
Tristan Masuga, a three-year varsity starter at Cedarville earned 1st Team Eastern UP Conference, 1st Team All-Area, and All-UP Special mention, while scoring 14 points per game and collecting 8 rebounds per game as a senior.
Former Wakefield-Marenisco guard Mason Saubert was named All-Elite Team Copper Mountain Conference, 1st Team Porcupine Conference, All-UP Special Mention, and Detroit Free Press All-State Honorable Mention following his senior season. Saubert scored 16 points per game, dished out 5 assists per game, and gathered 5 rebounds per game. He set school records for most 3-point baskets in a game (11), most 3-point baskets in a season (98), and most points in a season (432).
Matt Wagner is a four-year varsity letter winner at Marinette High School. Matt was a two-time Team MVP and two-time unanimous selection to the NorthEastern Conference First Team. Matt scored 1,519 career points, while averaging 22 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, and 3 assists per game as s senior.
"We are excited about our incoming class, both in the quality of young men off the court and their athletic ability on the court," said Head Coach Matt Johnson. "The class brings a lot of versatility on the court and they all fit in very well with our style of play. We wanted to improve in a few areas, mainly toughness, perimeter shooting, and becoming longer and more athletic, and we feel we have filled all of those needs with this recruiting class. We are very happy to have these young men join our Norse Basketball Family and are looking forward to a bright future."
The Norse just graduated their first class since the resurgence of the basketball program, going 42-17 over the past two seasons.
The Norse return 5 letter winners from last season's roster and open the 2019-20 regular season at Grand Rapids Community College on Friday, November 1, while their first home contest will be on Monday, November 18 when they host UW-Marinette at 8pm.