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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bulldog men cagers add five to roster

  • Following their unbelievable run to the 2013 NAIA National Tournament, Bulldog basketball has added five athletes to their 2013-14 roster.
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  • Following their unbelievable run to the 2013 NAIA National Tournament, Bulldog basketball has added five athletes to their 2013-14 roster.
    Of signees, four are freshmen and one is a sophomore-transfer.
    “I am very pleased with not only the quality of athletes we signed but also the quality of young men,” McPherson coach Tim Swartzendruber said. “Each of these student-athletes has demonstrated they are excellent in the classroom and of strong character. I couldn’t be happier with a group. We look forward to seeing them in August.”
    As a 6-0 guard, Brady Hemphill joins the Bulldog basketball program after playing for the Wamego High School Red Raiders and Coach Tory Hemphill.
    While attending WHS, Hemphill averaged 10.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game; he was named hit team’s most improved player following the 2011-12 season.
    “Brady comes from a great program at Wamego,” said Swartzendruber. “Brady’s father is the coach and Brady possesses a great skill set.  He is a kid who spends a lot of time in the gym.  Not only is a he a great basketball player but he is an outstanding student as well. We are excited to have him join our program.”
    Hemphill, the son of Troy and Suzanne Hemphill, plans on majoring in business marketing while attending McPherson.
    Ryan Roth is a shooting guard from Verrado High School and Litchfield Park, Ariz. He makes his way to Mac after playing for the Vipers and Coach Butler where he lettered three times.
    An honor roll student at VHS, Roth averaged eight points, two rebounds and two assists per game on the court.  He also played for head coach Nick Ramos and the Bull Dawgs club basketball team where he tallied 14 points, six rebounds and five assist a contest.
    “We are pleased to have Ryan join the Bulldog family,” Swartzendruber said. “Ryan comes from a great basketball program and we are excited to have someone from the Phoenix area on our roster.  Ryan’s strengths as a perimeter shooter are something we plan to utilize in our offensive scheme.  We feel he will be a great fit.”
    The son of Mary and Allan Roth, Ryan will look to major in sports management at MC and would like to go into coaching in the future.
    A 6-7 forward from Choctaw, Okla., Carson Clay will be joining the Bulldogs after a successful career at Choctaw High School where he played for coach Doug Armstrong.
    During his four letter-earning years playing for the Yellow Jackets, Clay averaged nine points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He was named All-Metro Conference Honorable Mention after his junior season. Following his final year at CHS, Clay earned honorable mention all-league again as well as being named to the Big All-City and Harrah Panther Classic All-Tournament teams.
    Page 2 of 3 - Clay is an active part of his school outside of athletics as he is a member of National Honor Society, Key Club and Student Council.
    “Carson was the first player who committed to us last fall,” said Swartzendruber. “We have worked hard to recruit him and feel he can be a great player at McPherson College and in the KCAC. We love his work ethic and attitude. His size is something that should be a factor inside and he is also capable of making the mid-range shot. It will be a pleasure to have Carson in a Bulldog uniform.”
    Craig and Leslee Clay are the parents of Carson who will study business while in attendance at McPherson College.
    Coming in as a 6-1 shooting guard, Hunter Tedder is a Wagoner, Okla., native. He attended Destiny Christian Academy where he played for head coach Tabitha Pruitt.
    As a member of the Eagles, Tedder tabbed 27.4 points per game to go along with his 6.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists.  He was named OCSAA All-State both his junior and senior seasons.
    “Hunter is an outstanding shooter and has recorded some outstanding accomplishments in high school,” said Swartzendruber. “We believe he fits the type of player we are looking for in terms of hard working, coachable, and great attitude. The fact he is left handed adds another dimension to his game and we believe he has a chance to have a great career at McPherson College.”
    Misty Scott and Jason Tedder are the parents of Hunter who will be a physical education major at Mac.
    A transfer from Muskegon Community College, Terrance (TJ) Grant will look to fulfill a need at point guard for the Bulldogs. He is a graduate of James Whitcomb Riley High School where he played for coach Mark Johnson.
    As a member of the Wildcats, Grant averaged 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and five assists per game. His high school squad was the sectional champions in 2011 and twice won the Northern Indian Conference.
    Grant was named second team all-conference, Burger King Athlete of the Week and a Kiwanis Award winner during his tenure at RHS.
    After graduating high school, Grant played for one season with the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks in Michigan. Under the tutelage of head coach Dave Schlump, Grant totaled 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and five assists per outing. He was an honorable mention All-MCCAA player.
    "TJ will be a difference maker for us,” said Swartzendruber. “He is extremely quick, is a tremendous defender and a great court leader. We are pleased he chose McPherson to continue his education and basketball career."
    The son of Terrance Grant, Sr., and Teesha Wright, TJ will be majoring in communications at McPherson College.
    Page 3 of 3 - Practice for the Bulldogs begins in October and their first contest will be on Oct. 29 when they travel to Lawrence to take on Haskell Indian Nations University.

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