SPOKANE, Wash. -- Matt Logie's second recruiting class as the Whitworth men's basketball coach looks like one of the Pirates' strongest in several years. Logie has recruited five high school standouts and one junior college transfer to his highly successful program. The class includes a strong mix of size, scoring ability and speed.
"We are very excited about this year's incoming class," Logie said. "We felt it was important that we build depth in our program with this recruiting class, and in doing so, I believe we have found a group of skilled, tough players who will be great future leaders in our program. This is an extremely competitive group that we hope will continue the tradition of excellence that has come before them. I look forward to seeing the impact they can have on the court both in the short and long-term as part of our Whitworth Basketball Family."
Hank Aldous (6'-6", 180) is a freshman out of Shelton High School in Dallas, Texas. He averaged 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.2 steals per game as a senior in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
"Hank is an athletic wing player who possesses a tremendous scoring ability, as evidenced by his multiple games of 50+ points in his career," Logie said.
Brandon Loiler (6'-6", 210) is a freshman from Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He put up 14.7 points and 9.8 rebounds last season, earning First Team All-Three Rivers League honors. He is also the son of former Pirate standout Doug Loiler, who was named NCIC Player of the Year in 1992.
"Brandon is an athletic forward/post player who is an excellent rebounder and defender with a growing offensive skill set," Logie said.
Grant McNiel (6'-2", 175) is a freshman from Wilsonville (Ore.) High School. A three-year starter, McNiel earned First Team All-Northwest Oregon Conference honors as a senior. He helped the Wildcats win 75 games over the last three years and make three state tournament appearances, including the 5A semifinals in 2012.
"Grant is a versatile, hard-nosed guard with a 6'7 wing-span," Logie said.
George Valle (6'-4", 205) is a freshman from Bellevue, Washington who went to Sammamish High School. He was a two-time All-Kingco honoree at Sammamish and averaged 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game as a senior.
"George is an extremely versatile player, able to play and defend multiple positions on the floor," Logie said.
Taylan Yildiz (6'-3", 170) comes to Whitworth all the way from Istanbul, Turkey where he attended German High School. He averaged 25.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 3.8 steals per game a year ago.
"Taylan possesses a great feel for the game, ball handling and creative abilities as well as a consistent perimeter jump shot," Logie said.
Dan Hutchinson (7'-0", 235) is a sophomore transfer from Mt. Hood CC in Oregon. He played at nearby Deer Park High School. As a high school senior he averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks per game for the Stags and set a school record with 15 blocks in one game. He earned Second Team All-Great Northern League honors and was selected to play in the WIBCA/WIAA State Basketball Showcase. He attended MHCC for two years and redshirted his first season in basketball.
"Dan is an excellent shot-blocker and defender who continues to improve his all-around game," Logie said.
This group of six joins a Pirate squad that finished 26-4 overall and 15-1 in the NWC last season. Whitworth returns three starters from that team and Logie expects to have 18 men on the roster in 2012-13.