Griffon men’s basketball adds two to 2013 recruiting class

riggertMissouriWesternMissouri Western Head Men’s Basketball Coach Brett Weiberg announced the signing of two more student-athletes that will join the program for the 2013-14 season as part of his initial signing class at MWSU. Freshman Charles Marquardt of Stilwell, Kan. and junior college transfer Ryan Devers (Eastern Oklahoma State College) from Tulsa, Okla. will join Wesley Mitter, Cortez Colbert and Dareon Jones who signed back in mid May.

Marquardt a two year letter winner at Blue Valley High School where he earned All-State and All-Conference accolades. As a senior he averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds per game. His greatest sports moment was hitting the game winning shot against Blue Valley North in the 2011-2012 season. He is a solid student earning Eastern Kansas League Scholar Athlete for four years. He plans on majoring in business at MWSU.

“I am very excited to announce that Charlie Marquardt has decided to come play for us here at Missouri Western,” commented Head Coach Brett Weiberg. “He is a big, strong, physical kid who works hard and is a good person.  Charlie had a very good senior year and I believe his best basketball days are ahead of him. A few of the things I like about Charlie are his character, toughness, and work ethic. I believe he is the type of player that will only get better with time. I am really looking forward to working with Charlie.”  Brett Weiberg

Devers will transfer to MWSU after playing his sophomore season at Eastern Oklahoma State College under Head Coach Scott Edgar. He played his freshman season at Cowley County. Devers played his high school basketball at Tulsa Central in Tulsa, Okla. At Tulsa Central he averaged 18 points and 4 assists per game while being named First Team All-State and being selected to play in the OCA Coaches Convention All-State Game.

As a Sophomore at Eastern, Ryan averaged 17.7 points per game while shooting 80.9 percent from the free throw line and 44.2 percent from the 3 pt line. Ryan led his team to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Devers was named to the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team and was also voted as First Team All-Region.

“Ryan is a winner in every sense,” stated Eastern Oklahoma Head Coach Scott Edgar. “He is a great person and very good player. From a coaching standpoint he made an excellent choice to play for Brett Weiberg at Missouri Western. I am convinced he will be an outstanding player at Missouri Western as he has been at every other level. I am very happy for him.” Scott Edgar-Head Coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College

“Ryan is a very good player and we are very excited about having Ryan in our program,” state Weiberg. Ryan plays hard and plays to win. He was won basketball games at every level that he has played at. I feel like he was the best PG in Region II basketball and one of the best five junior college point guards in the country. Ryan can run a basketball team but also has the ability to score the ball. I will expect big things from him in terms of leadership and work ethic. Ryan is a good player and a good person.”  Brett Weiberg

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