McPherson College men’s basketball coach Tim Swartzendruber has announced the addition of four more players to bolster the 2016-17 Bulldogs, including a big man who is transferring from Fort Hays State.
Stefan Krsmanovic, a 6-9 and 230-pounder who redshirted last year at Fort Hays, will have four years of eligibility with the Bulldogs. He is a native of Gornji Milanovac, Serbia.
“Stefan has the potential to be the best big man in the KCAC," Swartzendruber said. "He is extremely skilled and has the work ethic to show improvement from Day One. Stefan has had great coaching in Serbia, and spent a year at Fort Hays where he competed versus some outstanding post players each day. We are honored and thrilled to have him become a Bulldog."
With Krsmanovic and 6-8 Reed Rowell, the Bulldogs will have two of the KCAC’s top big men. Rowell has having a fine 2015-16 season when he suffered a severely sprained ankle that kept him out nearly 10 games.
He is the son of Aleksander and Marija Krsmanovic and is a biology major.
Here are the other signees:
• Garrett Owen — The 5-9 point guard from Woodward, Okla., was ranked among the Top 25 players in Oklahoma and could compete for a starting job as a freshman.
"Garrett is a tremendous addition to our basketball program and college," Swartzendruber said. "Not only is he one of the top players in Oklahoma this year, he is an outstanding student with plans to become a doctor. His high academic performance and character make him a great fit for McPherson. His outgoing personality and leadership will make him popular on the campus. Certainly we are honored to have him join our basketball family."
At Woodward, Owen totaled 1,200 career points and was an outstanding shooter as he made 39 percent from 3-point and 83 percent at the line. He also averaged more than 6 assists a game and came up with 500 career steals. He was a first team All-Conference selection following both his junior and senior seasons.
He is the son of Jeff and Amanda Owen and plans on majoring in biology at MC.
• Cain Fowles — Fowles is a 6-3 guard who prepped at Solomon High School and played for coach Gary Shelton.
"Cain is a great all-around athlete," Swartzendruber said. "He has a lot of upside and can play several positions. He played on a great team this year and is a leader. We are thrilled he chose to attend McPherson College and be a part of our basketball program."
He averaged 5 points, 4 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds a game this season for the Gorillas. He earned league honors both his junior and senior seasons. He also is a member of the National Honor Society.
The son of Brent and Paula Fowles, he is expected to major in biology.
• Cody Casey — Casey was a 5-9 point guard for Nickerson High School, playing for coach Pete Herrera.
Casey averaged 14.2 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals during his time at Nickerson. He was voted All-CKL point guard in 2016 following his senior season.
He received the Excellence in Academics and Athletics award from 2012 to 2016 and also made the Nickerson Honor Roll all four years.
He is the son of Debbie and Larry Casey and will major in business management at Mac.
“Cody is a product of a great program at Nickerson directed by McPherson College alum Pete Herrera," Swartzendruber said. "He has shown toughness and versatility in his high school career. Cody is an outstanding student and was very active at Nickerson High School. We are grateful he chose McPherson to continue his academic and athletic career."