Indiana University South Bend Head Basketball Coach Chad Tapp announced the 2012-13 signing class on Wednesday evening. The commitments come from across the state of Indiana with a total of nine new members to the Titan squad.
"We have a strong core coming back with seven returners and really feel like we addressed some areas of weakness," said Coach Tapp. "Our staff did a very good job in identifying players that fit what we are looking for in student athletes, but also in terms of character and ability to fit into a team environment. We have added much-needed size, depth, and perimeter shooting to our program to go along with the players we currently have on our roster. We are anxious to see the development of our program as we enter the 2012-13 season."
Reggie helped lead his team to a 12-11 record and a sectional championship before bowing out in to eventual state champion Guerin Catholic in regional his senior year. Anderson posted numbers of 6 points per game, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks, good for tops all time in school history, while shooting 50 percent from the field.
|Reggie Anderson 6/5/215 Forward Manual High School Indianapolis, IN|
|Cody led his team to a 23-2 record, the third-best record in school history, and a sectional championship in his senior year. Artuso posted numbers of 17 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks, good for tops all time in school history, while shooting 65 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Hebron Hawks finished the 2011-12 campaign ranked number 14 in class 2A.|
|Cody Artuso 6-6/215 Forward Hebron High School Hebron, IN|
|A familiar name to the Titans, Brandon is the younger brother of current Titan Chris Beam. During his senior year Brandon led his team to a 22-2 record, the most wins in school history, and finished the year ranked No. 3 in class 1A. Beam was also named All Area Player of the Year while averaging 17 points including a 36-point performance vs. Rock Creek, 4.5 rebounds, and 3 assists.|
|Brandon Beam 6-1/165 Guard Borden High School Borden, IN|
The first of the new Titans to commit, Jordan led his team to a 23-3 record, a sectional and regional championship, and a No. 2 ranking in the final class 1A poll. Edinburgh topped the previous year's school record of 20 wins with 23 victories this year in reaching the semi-state for the first time since 1951. Edinburgh went 72-27 in Burton's four years. The Lancers were 25-59 the four years prior. Jordan was also named a Hoosier Basketball Magazine top 60 participant, All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State.
|Jordan Burton 6-8/220 Forward/Center Edinburgh High School Edinburgh, IN|
Justin Jantzi will transfer to IU South Bend from Huntington University. As a senior at Westview High School, Jantzi ranked second in the area in scoring at 22.3 points per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field, 45 percent from three, and 83 percent at the line. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. At the end of the 2010-11 season Jantzi scored 30 points to lead Westview (22-3) to a Sectional championship.
Justin scored 22 points in their Regional loss, finishing just shy of 1,000 points for his high school career. His season total of 552 points during his senior year was the fifth-highest in Warrior history. Jantzi was named to the 2010-11 NECC All-Conference First Team, 2011 IBCA All-State Honorable Mention, and was one of the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 2011 Senior boys.
|Justin Jantzi 6-2/210 Guard Westview High School Shipshewana, IN|
|Zac will join the Titans after a senior year that saw him take home several awards including, Franklin County Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team, the single-game tournament scoring record (39 points), All Tri-Eastern Conference, Pal-Item All-Area Team, Top 60 Workout Participant, Indiana Elite North/South All -Star Game Participant, Hoosiers Reunion Classic Participant, and the 2011 Lincoln High Scholar Athlete Award. During his senior year Zac averaged 20.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2 steals while also being named to the academic honor roll.|
|Zac Rea 6-4 /165 Guard Lincoln High School Cambridge City, IN|
|Larry will be transferring to IU South Bend after two years at Tusculum College. While at Tusculum, Larry averaged 6.6 points per game and 3 assists, in a starting role for the Pioneers. He also shot 59.4 percent from the field, 33 percent from the three, and 82 percent from the free throw line. Larry graduated from Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana as a four year starter and a 4A state champion in 2006. His senior year he earned a spot on the City and County All-Star Team.|
|Larry Smith 6-4/170 Guard Lawrence North High School Indianapolis, IN|
Riley Stichter comes to IU South Bend after a stellar prep career at Wawasee high school. As a junior he shot over 74 percent from the field, tops in the state, while also connecting on 50 percent of his three-point attempts and shooting 76 percent from the free throw line. Stichter's 20.3 points per game and a game high 43 points in a single game were good enough to lead Wawasee to 17-8 record and sectional championship finally falling in the regional finals. As a senior, Stichter averaged 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game leading Wawasee to a 17-6 mark. Riley currently ranks third all-time in points scored at Wawasee.
|Riley Stichter 6-5/190 Guard/Forward Wawasee High School Milford, Indiana|
Jon Trawick will transfer to IU South Bend after spending his freshman year at NJCAA power Mott Community College in Flint, MI. In his freshman year Trawick appeared in 31 games, averaging 3 points per game including a 10 point outing vs. Wayne County, in a reserve role. Mott finished the season at 35-1 and won the NJCAA national championship. He also pulled down 7 rebounds in 3 different games. Before attending Mott, Trawick was a standout in football, basketball, and in the classroom at Richmond High School in Richmond, Indiana.
Jon was named Academic All-Conference in both basketball and football his junior and senior years including being named first team All-Conference in basketball as a senior. In his senior year he led Richmond to a 19-6 record while averaging over 17 points per game. Jon finished his career at Richmond as the schools 3rd all-time leading scorer at 1,277 points, trailing only Woody Austin (1,990) and Dominic James (1,652) on the all-time list.
|Jon Trawick 6-3/210 Guard/Forward Richmond High School Richmond, IN|
IU South Bend finished the 2011-12 season - and Coach Tapp's second year - at 16-15 overall and 5-5 in the CCAC. The 16-15 record marked the fourth winning season in school history, second best win total overall, as well as doubled the win total from the 2009-10 season. The Titans return First Team All-Conference member Chris Beam at the guard spot and Second Team All-Conference point guard Alanzo Bass.