MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Bethel College men’s basketball head coach Ryne Lightfoot is pleased to announce the signings of his 2018-19 incoming class. Six student-athletes are set to make their first appearances as a Pilot this upcoming season.
“This class is a uniquely experienced class,” stated Lightfoot. “Three members of this year’s class have already been a part of the Bethel program before as either a part of the Bethel program before as either a redshirt or involved in our junior varsity program. They know the expectations and work ethic it takes to compete in our league night in and night out.”
The Pilots are coming off a 22-10 season and an appearance at the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D. in Lightfoot’s inaugural season as head coach. Looking to fill the void left by the graduation of Gage Ott, Tanner Shepherd, Will Stueve, and Kyle Thompson, and the retirement of Grant Gayler, the three guards and three forwards that make up the incoming class boast a combined scoring output of nearly 108 points per game.
“In addition to what was already on our roster, adding some more experience and depth at our post position from a junior college transfer as well as rounding out our guard play with two incoming freshmen, we feel as if we added a great deal of depth to an already solid returning roster,” continued Lightfoot. “We have a unique blend of seasoned experience mixed with hungry youth.”
Cam Chadd (Crawfordsville, Ind. / Southmont)
Chadd (6-2, 185) averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers made per game over the course of his career at Southmont High School. Accolades include First Team All-County, First Team All-Conference, Honorable Mention AP All-State, IBCA Top 100 Showcase, Journal Review’s 2017 Basketball Player of the Year. Chadd finished his career as Southmont’s all-time leading scorer.
Trevion Crews (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Jackson CC)
Crews (6-0, 180) is coming off a redshirt season for the Pilots after transferring from Jackson Community College and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Crews prepped at Northside High School where he averaged 17.4 points, 7.2 assists, and 2.1 steals per game. Accolades include Conference Player of the Year, All-City Player of the Year, Northeast Indiana Player of the Year, IBCA First Team All-State, and Indiana All-Star.
Jared DeHart (Trafalgar, Ind. / Indian Creek)
DeHart (6-0, 165) averaged 23.3 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game at Indian Creek High School. Accolades include the North/South Indiana All-Star Classic, IBCA Top 100 Showcase, Hoosier Basketball MagazineTop 60 Workout, Honorable Mention All-USA Indy-area Super Team, First Team All-Conference. DeHart was also a standout on the baseball diamond for Indian Creek, helping lead them to their first-ever semi-state appearance in school history.
Sam MacDowell (Fowlerville, Mich. / Fowlerville)
MacDowell (6-4, 195) has spent the last two seasons on the Bethel junior varsity and will have two years of eligibility remaining. MacDowell prepped at Fowlerville High School where he averaged 16 points per game. Accolades include First Team All-Conference, First Team All-County, and Honorable Mention All-Area.
Nick Pluta (Springboro, Ohio / Springboro)
Pluta (6-7, 215) is coming off a redshirt season for the Pilots after prepping at Springboro High School and will have four years of eligibility remaining. Pluta averaged 13.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game at Springboro. Accolades include Second Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention AP All-District.
Gavin Rasler (Niles, Mich. / Lake Michigan College)
Rasler (6-5, 215) averaged 19.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game last season at Lake Michigan College. His 19.6 per game scoring average ranked 31stin the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). He will have two years of eligibility remaining for the Pilots. Accolades include First Team Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) All-Region XII, First Team All-Western Conference, and First Team All-MCCAA. Rasler prepped at Niles High School.