Truman State men's basketball signs five

Truman State University menâ??s basketball head coach Matt Woodley announced his 2013-14 signing class on Thursday, as the Bulldogs will add four high school seniors and one transfer to the roster for the upcoming season.

Billy Daniel (Davenport, Iowa; Assumption HS), Kyle Kanaskie (State College, Pa.; State College HS), Connor Lusso (Omaha, Neb.; Millard West HS), Hank Mathews (Bartonville, Ill.; Limestone HS) and Reed Mells (Des Moines, Iowa; Missouri Western State University) each are set to join the Truman program this fall.

â??This is an exciting day for our program, as we welcome Billy, Kyle, Connor, Hank and Reed to the Bulldog family,â?? Woodley said. â??One of our top goals this off-season was to sign a five-player class that fit our needs at every position, and I couldnâ??t be more pleased with our results.

These are five outstanding young men who have tremendous character, come from great families and excel on the basketball floor.â??


Billy Daniel (Davenport, Iowa; Assumption High School)

6-foot-6; 200 lbs; Forward

All-time leading scorer at Assumption HS with nearly 1,100 points a first-team all-stater by the Iowa Newspaper Association in both 2012 and 2013 and a first-team all-state selection by the Des Moines Register as a senior after being named second-team as a junior led his team to a fourth-place state finish in 2013 and a third-place finish as a freshman

Woodley about Daniel: â??Billy had an exceptional high school career, leading his team to two conference titles and two state tournament berths, including a 3rd-place finish this past season.

He is a highly-skilled player who is a natural scorer, fitting the mold of current Bulldog Mike Carlson. I couldnâ??t be happier about Billy joining our program.


Kyle Kanaskie (State College, Pa.; State College High School)

5-foot-11; 170 lbs; Guard

Notes: Averaged 17.5 points per game as a senior at State College HS, shooting 56% from the field including a 47% mark from three-point range

named first-team all-Mid Penn conference and part of a three-time AAAA District 6 championship team

shot 96% from the free throw line a Harrisburg Patriot News Big 15 All-Star and an Altoona Mirror Classic Centre County all-star.

Woodley about Kanaskie: â??Iâ??ve known Kyle since he was born, since his father was my college coach and I had the opportunity to coach his older brother at Middle Tennessee State when I was an assistant. Kyle is a coach on the floor and has a very high basketball IQ.

He is one of the best shooters I have recruited and is as tough as they come. I couldnâ??t be more excited about Kyle continuing his career at Truman.â??


Connor Lusso (Omaha, Neb.; Millard West High School)

6-foot-6; 210 lbs; Forward

Named to the Nebraska All-State first-team, the Metro Conference first-team and Metro Holiday all-tournament team during his season year scored nearly 1,400 career points and grabbed 735 career rebounds to set Millard West HS records

added 115 steals in 93 career games set a program record with 18 rebounds in a single-game in 2010 and hit 338 career free throws.

Woodley about Lusso: â??Connor is a high energy player who plays the game with a passion and intensity that is contagious to everybody else on the floor.

His toughness and will to win will make an immediate impact, and I am looking forward to Connor joining our program.â??


Hank Mathews (Bartonville, Ill.; Limestone High School)

6-foot-2; 185 lbs; Guard

A four-year letterwinner for 3A program Limestone averaged 16 points and four assists per game as a senior en route to leading his team to a third-place finish at state named second-team all-state by the Associated Press in 2013 after pushing his career point total over the 1,100 mark led team to a No. 1 state ranking and 28-1 finish as a sophomore

Paced the Peoria-Ill. area with more than five assists per game as a junior when he earned his first of two first-team all-Mid Illini conference honors â?¦ totaled more than 350 career assists.

Woodley about Mathews: â??Hank is a winner, a basketball junkie, and a player who lives and breathes basketball.

He is a guy that can play multiple positions and is excellent with the ball in his hands. Hank has all the attributes you look for in a player. He is as tough as they come and will be a great addition to our program.â??


Reed Mells (Des Moines, Iowa; Missouri Western State University)

5-foot-11; 165 lbs; Guard

Will transfer to Truman after playing 53 games in two seasons at Missouri Western made 21 starts in two years and averaged 6.2 points per game dished out 99 assists and added 60 steals under Hall-of-Fame coach Tom Smithhit 56 three-pointers averaged nine -points in three career games against Truman


The Bulldogs, coming off a 10-17 season and an MIAA tournament appearance, return four starters for its inaugural year in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, beginning in November.

â??A great deal of credit goes to my assistant coaches who worked tirelessly on the recruiting trail,â?? Woodley said. â??We were able to identify and successfully recruit these five men who share our vision and continue to build upon the foundation we have laid the past two seasons. Coach Fitzpatrick and Coach Lorensen played equally large roles in putting this class together. I have never been more excited about the future of our program.â??

Courtesy Truman State University