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April 28, 2012
Marshall Independent

SMSU men's basketball inks Owatonna's Osmundson

The Southwest Minnesota State men's basketball team added one more player to its 2012 recruiting class, with Owatonna's Drew Osmundson signing a national letter of intent to play for the Mustangs in 2012.

Osmundson joins Mitch Weg (Worthington), Joey Bartlett (St. Peter) and Cole Martin (Des Moines Area CC) in the 2012 recruiting class.

A 6-foot-1 guard, Osmundson averaged a team-high 15.6 points per game, and finished with a school record 195 assists in helping Owatonna reach the section championship. An All-State honorable mention, he also averaged 5.5 rebounds per game and compiled 73 steals.

"(Osmundson's) speed is what intrigued us most during the recruiting process," Mustangs head coach Brad Bigler said in a press release. "He has the ability to get to the paint in transition and in the half court. We feel this is an important skill set for our offense to play at the highest level."

SMSU men's basketball announces team awards

Junior guard Jordan Miller was named the Southwest Minnesota State men's basketball team's Most Valuable Player during the team's end-of-the-year banquet earlier this month.

Miller led the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game and had a team-high 58 three-pointers on the way to first team All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference accolades. He also finished with 84 assists, 33 steals and 17 blocks.

Other awards for the team included the Defensive Player of the Year, given to sophomore point guard Vinard Birch, and the Most Improved Player award, given to Casey Sussenguth and William Giddings. Sophomore center Nick Smith earned the Frank Belmont Rebounding award, and senior guard Trent Carlson won the Andy Wiersma Mustang Award, given to the player who exemplifies the qualities of being a Mustang men's basketball student-athlete.

SMSU finished 19-11 overall and 15-7 in the NSIC, winning the team's first NSIC tournament title and qualifying for the national tournament for the third time in school history.



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