Boots announces signing of four recruits to squad

Boots announces signing of four recruits to squad Dave Boots, the head men's basketball coach at The University of South Dakota, has announced the signing of four standout recruits for the 2009-10 season.  Mitchell Bouie of Chicago, IL, Conrad Krutwig of Algonquin, IL, Dustin Tetzlaff of Watertown, and Cliff Warner of Altoona, IA, signed national letters of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 12, to continue their athletic and academic careers at USD starting in 2009-10.  "It's a nice group to come in," Boots said. "They all play different positions. It's a very athletic group. They should have a chance to play early in their careers. All-around, academically, it's a solid group."  Bouie, a 6-foot-3 guard, will transfer to USD in 2009-10 after completing his junior college career at Western Oklahoma State College this winter. Bouie averaged 13 points, six rebounds and three assists per game for WOSC last winter and helped the team reach the Region II Tournament. He was also rated a Top 5 prospect at the 2008 Ballsters Chicago Junior College Camp. At Marist High School in Chicago, Bouie was a three-time Daily Southtown All-Area pick, a two-time Star All-Area pick and was the MVP of the Blue-Red All-Star game in 2006. As a senior at Marist, he averaged 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game after averaging 13.1 points and 7.1 rebounds as a junior.  "Mitchell Bouie is a really talented player," Boots said. "He can shoot it and he can drive it to the basket. He can give us a presence at either guard spot. He's a very versatile kid. We feel he can come in and make an immediate impact on our program."  Krutwig, a 6-foot-6 forward, is a senior at Jacobs High School in Algonquin, IL. He has started three straight years and is a two-time All-Area selection by the Northwest Herald and a two-time All-Fox Valley Conference selection. Krutwig averaged 15.4 points per game in 2007-08 and recorded nine double-doubles while shooting 59 percent from the field. Krutwig also set the school record for offensive rebounds in a season (94) as a sophomore. He is part of two straight conference championship teams and also part of the school's regional championship team in 2007-08. He also recorded a 30-point game as a sophomore.  "Conrad, we feel he can come in and play right away," Boots said. "He has a big upside. He can play inside and outside. He's a very intelligent player and has a very good feel for the game."  Tetzlaff, a 6-foot-7 forward, is a senior at Watertown High School this winter. He averaged 13 points and seven rebounds per game for the Arrows in 2007-08. In addition, Tetzlaff also played for the Dakota Schoolers 17 and under team and averaged 10.3 points and eight rebounds per game last summer. With the Schoolers, he shot 56 percent from the field. Tetzlaff, also an honor roll student, also has lettered in football and track during his high school athletic career.  "Dustin Tetzlaff is really an athletic kid," Boots said. "He can rebound and can score inside-out. We like how versatile he is." Warner is a 6-foot guard who is a senior at Pella Christian High School in Pella, IA. He has led Pella Christian to a 46-4 record over the last two seasons. Pella Christian finished fourth in Iowa's Class 2-A in 2007-08. He was named first-team All-State in 2008 and second-team All-State in 2007, and was a member of the 2008 All-State Tournament team. Warner is also a two-time All-Little Hawkeye Conference selection. As a junior, he averaged 16 points, six assists and two rebounds per game. He shot 50 percent from the field, 77 percent from the free-throw line and 37 percent from three-point range.  "Cliff is a very good passing point guard," Boots said. "He handles the ball incredibly well. He has had an impact on the high school level. He's one of the 10 Mr. Basketball candidates in the state of Iowa. He's a player that makes everyone else better."

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