MANKATO — There are already three point guards on the Minnesota State men’s basketball roster, and another is being redshirted, but coach Matt Margenthaler added another on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for high-school seniors.
T.J. Lake, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Western Dubuque High School in Iowa, signed with the Mavericks on Wednesday.
“T.J. is a great leader,” Margenthaler said. “He’s a scoring point guard that has also shown the ability to make his teammates better.”
As a junior, Lake averaged 17.7 points, shooting 49.3 percent from the field, including 41.0 percent on 3-pointers. He also averaged 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals, helping his team reach the state finals in Class 3A.
The Mavericks already have junior Jimmy Whitehead, sophomore Zach Monaghan and freshman Jaymeson Moten on the roster, and Grant Pope, a freshman from Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, is being redshirted. Margenthaler said that Lake will be redshirted as a freshman.
“I like to have good balance in the classes,” Margenthaler said. “I think the things T.J. does fit in well with what we do. He’s going to be a good point guard in our league.”
Margenthaler said he has one scholarship available, but he’ll wait until the spring to add any more players.
Minnesota State (1-0) plays in the Sonoma State tournament this weekend.
MSU women’s basketball
New coach Emilee Thiesse’s first recruits are one of her own and another who committed to the program while Pam Gohl was still the head coach.
Sammie Delzotto is a 5-9 guard from Eagan High School that Thiesse said she was recruiting before she took the job at Minnesota State in Augusta. Delzotto is a wing player that averaged 10 points and 4.5 rebounds.
“The coaches here had been watching her, and I already had a relationship with Sammie so she’s someone we zeroed in right away after I got the job,” Thiesse said. “She’s very versatile, with a knack for scoring, and she’s also able to create for other people. She’s very skilled.”