He comes from Mesquite, Texas

    The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the addition of Alan Hodge, Jr. (G, 6-0 175, Mesquite, Texas/Southwestern College (Kan.) to their signing class. Hodge will have two years of eligibility for the U of M Crookston.

    “We are excited to finalize our roster and welcome Alan to the Minnesota Crookston basketball family,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “Alan brings in more experience for this group. Alan has a good shot and is a good ball handler. He also gives us more athleticism. Our expectation for him, as well as all of our players, is that he is a two-way player. That is, he takes pride in our offensive system but also takes pride on the defensive end of the floor. In getting to know Alan, he wants to do whatever we ask of him to help our program be successful. And that is the type of person we want to have in our program.”

    Hodge is the sixth signee for Minnesota Crookston joining Malcolm Cohen (G/F, 6-6 190, Detroit, Mich./Macomb Community College), Ben Juhl (G, 6-1 175, Clive, Iowa/Des Moines Christian H.S.), Brian Sitzmann (G, 6-4 180, Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.), Joey Meyer (C, 6-9 245, Shullsburg, Wis./Shullsburg H.S.) and Javier Nicolau (F/C, 6-10 210, Castellon, Spain/Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia).

    “We are pleased with our recruiting class, but talk is cheap,” Weisse said. “We are ready to get out there and compete and represent U of M Crookston. AS a coach, I am just excited to get started.”

    Hodge is the third transfer to join the program along with Cohen, who joins the program from Macomb Community College in Michigan, and Nicolau, who joins the team from UCAM Murcia.

    The six signees join a strong core from last season with nine players returning to the fold. Included are three starters from last season, including NSIC Freshman of the Year Harrison Cleary (So., G, Oak Creek, Wis.), who was also named to the Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team and was named Hero Sports Newcomer of the Year. Along with Cleary, the Golden Eagles return second-leading scorer Chase Knickerbocker (Jr., G/F, Annandale, Minn.) and leading rebounder Gable Smith (R-Jr., F/C, Lodi, Wis.).

    Minnesota Crookston has youth at the core of the roster as they will have no seniors on the roster next season. Hodge joins a strong junior class that includes Cohen, Smith, Knickerbocker, Nate Lorenz (Jr., F/C, Breckenridge, Minn.), Aaron Hollcraft (Jr., G, Crookston, Minn.) and Darin Viken (Jr., G, Fosston, Minn.).

    “We wanted to really solidify our guard spots and I think we did that with Alan,” Weisse said. “We now have great competition and depth at the shooting guard, as well as at point guard. We plan on moving Harrison (Cleary) to point guard next season and having Juhl, Alan, Sitzmann and Hollcraft, along with possibly Cohen compete for the shooting guard spot. Competition is always a good thing. The players competing for that spot can also play other positions, which will give us more options with lineups and matchups.”

    Alan Hodge, Jr. (G, 6-0 175, Mesquite, Texas/Southwestern College (Kan.)
Hodge comes to the U of M Crookston from NAIA school Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan…Hodge started 10 games as a sophomore for the Moundbuilders…Averaged 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game…Appeared in 21.4 minutes per game…Shot 32.3 percent from beyond the arc…Notched 22 steals on the season…Played at Angelina College, a junior college in Lufkin, Texas as a freshman…Averaged 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game as a freshman…Shot 33.3 percent from the field for Angelina College…Played in 29 games…Played as a prep at Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas...Averaged 14.0 points per game…Played AAU for North Texas Flight.

    All signees are contingent upon admission to U of M Crookston and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Everyone released today has signed their National Letter of Intent prior to release of information.

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