Posted On: 11/16/15 9:30 PM

Signing Day Annoucement

Southwest Minnesota State University head men's basketball coach Brad Bigler announced Thursday the signing of two high school student-athletes to letters of intent to continue their academic and basketball careers at SMSU.
 
Joining the program for the 2016-17 season include Nick Dufault from Waseca, Minn., and Braedan Hanson from Grand Forks, N.D. Hanson is the number one prospect from North Dakota and Dufault is a top 50 prospect from Minnesota.
 
"With 16 returning players next year it was important that we bring in guys who understand the process," Bigler said.
  
Hanson, a 6-foot-7 forward, is a senior at Red River High School. He is a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain in basketball. He averaged 13.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game during his junior season and averaged 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds during his sophomore campaign. He is also a multi-year letterwinner in track & field.
 
"Braedan's recruiting process was a lot of fun as he is a cousin to the Koenen family (three Koenen brothers played at SMSU from 1997-2002) from Clara City, Minn.," Bigler said.

"That Mustang connection played a

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