SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team received commitments from three high school players as announced by head coach Scott Cooper.
Wade Regadanz is finishing up his prep career for the Fremont High School Eagles under head coach John Wysong. The 6'0 guard averaged 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in his junior season while shooting 34 percent from long distance. Regadanz surpassed the 1,000-point plateau and helped lead the Eagles to a 15-7 record in 2015-16 while being named First Team All-Northeast Conference.
"Wade is a strong athletic guard. He is a really tough, blue-collar kid that can score a lot of different ways, rebound well for his size, and make plays off the dribble," said Coach Cooper. "He has been well coached in high school, and as he gains experience and adjusts to college basketball we think he will develop into solid player for us. He is also a very good student in the classroom, and great kid off the court. His work-ethic and character make him exactly the type of kid we want in our program."
Evan Ohman will join the Titans from Lewis Cass High School where he helped lead the Kings to a sectional and regional championship in 2014 before eventually falling in the IHSAA 2A semi-state game. As a junior Ohman averaged 15.4 points per game and hit 54 three-pointers. The 6'4 wing was an All-State honorable mention selection last season and also named to the All-Hoosier Conference first team.
"Evan is a really good shooter with pretty good size and length. His ability to make plays off the dribble was something that stood out to me when I first saw him play last year, and he has the potential to be a good defender at this level," state Cooper. "We think he will be a really good fit in our system and can help take over for TJ Benner and Jeremy Jones after next year when they graduate. He is a high character, level-headed kid who has played in a well-coached program at Lewis Cass and a couple of the most successful AAU programs in the country when he was younger. I expect him to have a very good career during his four years."
Norell Smith comes to IU South Bend from Lake Central High School. Under the direction of head Coach Dave Milausnic, Smith averaged 9.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a junior. The 6'4 wing was an Honorable Mention All-Area selection in 2016 while helping the Indiana to a 14-12 overall record.
"Norell is a long, athletic, versatile player with a serious motor who is just starting to scratch the surface of how good he can be. He is a late-bloomer who has the potential to be an elite defender and rebounder. Offensively, he is a jack-of-all-trades kind of guy who can shoot a little, score off the bounce, and makes plays for others. He is the type of player that can impact the game in a lot of different ways, and will be coming from a very well coached high school program. Norell is also a great kid and a solid student who I am sure will do well on and off the court during his four years with us," said Cooper.
The Titans open up their 2016-17 campaign on October 26th against Wright State University-Lake.