McPherson College men’s basketball coach Tim Swartzendruber has to replace seven seniors that helped the Bulldogs make the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in school history.
He took a big step recently with the signing of Newton High School graduate Jake Reinhardt, who knows something about a national tournament.
The 6-6 Reinhardt was a member of the Butler Community College team that advanced to Hutchinson this past season for the NJCAA National Tournament. Butler was 29-7, 13-3 in the rugged Jayhawk West.
“We are thrilled to have Jake join us at McPherson College,” Swartzendruber said. “Jake played under a great high school coach at Newton in Don Cameron (a former McPherson College standout) and was part of a great program at Butler Community College this past year. Not only is he a good basketball player, he is an outstanding student and person. It will be an honor to have him here.”
As a senior at Newton, Reinhardt averaged 13 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists per contest with the Railers.
He received honorable mention All-State and first-team All-AVCTL honors. He previously received second-team All-AVCTL status following the 2007 season.
Reinhardt also lettered in football at Newton and was a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll.
He is the son of Bob and Deb Reinhardt of Walton.
McPherson College Sports Information Director Alan Grosbach contributed to this report.