Coyote men’s basketball inks two

University of South Dakota head men's basketball coach David Boots announced Thursday that Karim Rowson and Eric Robertson have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Coyotes in 2012-13 bringing the recruiting class to four for next season.

"Both of these young men are great additions to our program and will fit in well with our current roster," Boots said. "They can play multiple positions on the floor, and have the ability to play inside and out. We're very excited to have Karim and Eric join our university and our basketball program."

Rowson, a 6-foot-5-inch, 193-pound guard from New York, NY, played his last two seasons at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, OK, where he averaged 18 points and five rebounds per game to lead the Pioneers in scoring as a sophomore for head coach Rolando De La Berrera. Rowson was named to the All-Region II team and led the region in scoring. He shot 52.3 percent from the field and had a career-high 40 points to go along with 12 rebounds versus Seminole State College in the Region II Tournament on March 5.

In addition, Rowson tallied 37 points and 12 rebounds versus Kansas State-Salina on Dec. 9 and had 29 points and 11 rebounds versus Northern Oklahoma College on Jan. 12. As a freshman at Western Oklahoma State College, Rowson averaged eight points and four rebounds per game while helping guide the Pioneers to a 21-9 record and a berth in the Region 11 Tournament.

He prepped at Waldeigh High School in Harlem, NY, where he played for head coach Michael Crump. While there, he averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game, and was named second team all-city as a senior. As a junior, he averaged 16 points and seven rebounds also earning second team all-city honors.

Rowson becomes the fifth signee for the Coyotes from Western Oklahoma State College and third in the last three years as former Coyotes Mitchell Bouie and Kendall Cutler both played for De La Berrera at WOSC.

Robertson a 6-foot-7-inch, 195-pound forward from Wayzata, MN, spent the past season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, where he averaged 12 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for head coach Loren Jackson.

"I wanted another year to develop and I was a little undersized to play power forward," Robertson said on the IMG Web site. "Coach Loren (Jackson) and Coach Yusef (Fitzgerald) helped me develop as a player, and now I am really excited to get out to the University of South Dakota and play. I chose South Dakota after building a solid relationship with the coaching staff through a number of visits. I'm very happy with my decision."

Robertson had 14 Division I scholarship offers over the past two years. Robertson graduated from Wayzata High School and was four year letterman, two year captain and a two-time all-conference selection. He was a Mr. Basketball Semifinalist and earned honorable mention all-state honors.

He earned third team all-metro honors and was selected to the Minnesota All-Star Game. He was a 2011 SportsJam All-Area selection and earned ESPN High School Midwest Player of the Week honors. Robertson averaged 20.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a senior for head coach Phil Ward.

Rowson and Robertson join Casey Kasperbauer of Carroll, Iowa, and Tyler Flack of Lakeville, MN, who signed during the early signing period in November. Kasperbauer earned ESPN High School Midwest Player of the Week honors in February as he scored 47 points including 17 in the fourth quarter in an 84-70 win over Winterset (Iowa). He connected on eight triples and all 11 free throws in the second highest scoring game for an Iowa player this season.

Flack a 6-7 wing from Lakeville North High School helped lead his team to the state championship game in March and just the school's second appearance in school history. Flack led his team with 12 points in the championship game – a 49-47 loss to Osseo High School.

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