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College basketball: Potter, Knutson among four Minnesota West recruits

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WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West men’s basketball coach Justin Heckenlaible announced the signing of four recruits on Thursday. Each will join the Bluejays for the 2014-15 season.

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Highlighting that group are Worthington High graduate Marcus Potter, a 2014 Daily Globe All-Area Player first team selection, and Alex Knutson from Westbrook-Walnut Grove, who was named Daily Globe All-Area Second Team. Joining them are Cody Martinz from Custer, S.D., and Mitch Prouty of Bryant, S.D.

Potter, a 6-foot, 2-inch guard, averaged 15 points, three rebounds and five assists per game. He also shot 44 percent from the field and was a first team All-Southwest Conference performer as a senior.

“Marcus can get to the basket and can hit from the three when he is left open. We are excited that he is joining our program,” Heckenlaible said. “He had a very successful high school career and we look forward to working with him the next two years.”

Potter will be Liberal Arts major at Minnesota West.

Knutson is a 6-1 guard from Westbrook. He averaged 18 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals per game last season.

“Alex is a tough competitor that can score in a lot of different ways. We are happy that he has decided to join our program,” Heckenlaible said. “He had a very successful high school career and was coached well by Derrick Jenniges at Westbrook-Walnut Grove. We look forward to his continued improvement the next two years.”

Knutson will be Liberal Arts major at Minnesota West.

Martinz, a 5’10 guard, attended Custer High School. Martinz, in his senior year of high school, averaged 15 points and five assists per game while shooting 33 percent from the 3-point line and 89 percent from free throw line. He was named to the first team Black Hills Conference his senior year.

“Cody can play both point guard and off-guard positions and can really shoot the ball, which will help us this year,” Heckenlaible said. “He has been well coached by his high school coach, the legendary Larry Luitjens. We look forward to him joining our program this year.”

Martinz will be Liberal Arts major at Minnesota West.

Prouty, a 6’1 guard, attended Clark-Willow Lake High School. He averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds, and three assists per game while knocking down 44 percent of his shots from beyond the 3-point arc. He was named to the first team Northeast Conference for the 2014 Season.

“Mitch can really shoot the ball, which will help us this year. He’ll be a great addition to our program,” Heckenlaible said. “He has been well coached by his high school coach Jerome Nesheim and comes from a very successful high school program. We look forward to the continued improvement in his basketball skills the next two years.”

Prouty will be Liberal Arts major at Minnesota West.

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