Coach Boone and staff announce first signing class at Delta State

CLEVELAND – Statesmen Men’s Basketball coach Jim Boone announced his first signing class (2012) at Delta State this week. The list includes a freshman from Louisiana, Zelvin Smith Jr, and two freshmen from Australia, Declan Harrick and Jack Madgen, along with three junior college transfers, Alister Chisholm, Ryan Fleming, and Michael Weems.

Zelvin Smith Jr. comes to Delta State from Riverside Academy in Reserve, Louisiana, where he was a two-year starter for Rebels head coach Timmy Byrd. Smith, a 6’5, 210 pound forward averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game in two seasons, helping the Rebels to back-to-back state championship games. In 2011, Smith and the Rebels won the State Championship (29-6) and finished as State Runner-ups in 2012 (27-10). Smith was named to the All-Tournament team, State Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. He was also named Most Improved Player in 2011 to go along with Honorable Mention All-State awards.

With his success on the court, Smith also brings success in the classroom. Smith, the Class President, received the Meritorious Attendance award for perfect attendance from first grade through graduation. He made Principal’s Honor Roll, maintaining a 3.5+ grade point average. While in school, Smith was a member in the Beta Club and Library Book Club, as well as being an Ambassadors Mentor for kids.

As a 6’9, 230 pound center/power forward, Declan Harrick joins the Statesmen list of signees for the 2012 as the tallest member. Harrick, a native of Melbourne, Australia, was a three-year starter for St. Kevin’s College Academy head coach Warrick Giddey. Harrick was team captain for the Tigers for two seasons and led his team to the semi-finals all four years. Harrick earned Most Valuable Player Honors in his junior and senior seasons and helped St. Kevin’s climb to 3rd in the State Rankings before winning the State Championship his senior season.

Harrick used a 6’11 wingspan to his advantage, leading the team in rebounds all three years as a starter, averaging 12.3 rebounds per game. He also led the team in scoring his junior and senior seasons, with 17.8 points per game. Harrick graduated from St. Kevin’s with a 3.88 GPA.

Jack Madgen comes to Delta State after a highly successful prep career in Australia. A 6’3 guard, the Williamstown, Australia native has represented South Australia at the National Championships at u/16, u/18, and u/20 levels. Madgen averaged 17 points and 5 rebounds in his senior season, with 3 double-doubles and a season high 44 points.

His brother, Ben Madgen, was a two-time All American at Augusta State and is currently playing professionally in Australia. He graduated from Faith Lutheran Secondary School with 3.0 grade point average and over 1200 on the SAT. Madgen plans to major in journalism at Delta State.

Alister Chisholm, a 6’5 guard/forward, comes to Delta State from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, by way of Hagerstown (MD) Community College where he played two seasons for head coach Barry Brown. Chisholm led the Hawks to a national ranking with a 28-5 record in 2011-12, averaging 13.1 points per game, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.9 steals. Chisholm led the Hawks with 98 free throws made (74 percent) and in 3-point percentage (42.1) with 37 3-pointers in 29 games. Chisholm recorded 12 blocks in the 2011-12 season, primarily used as a guard.

As a freshman, Chisholm helped the Hawks to a 26-6 record, averaging 11.1 points per game. He averaged 5 rebounds a game to go along with 2 assists and 1.7 steals per game. In total, Chisholm scored 736 points, including 63 3-point shots made in 61 games.

Ryan Fleming joins the Statesmen after finishing up his sophomore season with Gordon College and coach Israel Ingle. Fleming, a 5’11 guard, transferred to Gordon College after a season with North Carolina Central. In one season at Gordon, Fleming helped lead the team to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Fleming was named MVP of the NJCAA Regional Tournament, to go along with regular season 2nd Team All-Conference honors.

Fleming averaged 11.2 points per game in 30 games played for the Highlanders. He was a 78 percent (69-88) shooter from the free throw line. The Marietta, Ga. native made 46 3-pointers and averaged 3.6 assists per game, leading the Highlanders in both categories. The point guard had at least six assists in nine games in his sophomore season and also picked 31 steals.

Michael Weems, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., comes to Delta State by way of Iowa Lakes Community College where he played for head coach Troy Larson for one season. The 6’4 guard played in 29 games for Iowa Lakes, averaging 7.52 points per game. Weems made 43 3-point shots in 101 attempts (42.6 percent and was a 47.4 percent shooter from the field. He had a high of 17 points against Ellsworth and had five assists on three times.

As a freshman, Weems played in 25 games for Palm Beach State College, averaging 4.6 points per game. He was an 83 percent shooter from the free throw line. Weems averaged 3 rebounds per game and made 28 3-point shots in 25 games.