MSU men’s basketball adds four to recruiting class

Kyle Beisch and Aleksa Cucovic have each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Minot State University and play basketball for the Beavers, while Logan Lamoureux and Jesse Roberts have declared their intent to enroll at Minot State, men’s basketball head coach Matt Murken announced on Monday.

Roberts, a 6-6 forward, spent the last two seasons at Bismarck State College after graduating from Minot High School in 2016. Last season, Roberts averaged 12.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists for the Mystics and averaged 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a freshman.

At Minot High School, Roberts was a two-time West Region All-Conference selection and helped lead the Magicians to state championships in 2015 and 2016.

“Jesse is a versatile wing that played on two state championship teams at Minot High School,” Murken said in a press release. “He is a high character young man and a great teammate. We are very excited to add him to the program for the next three years.”

Lamoureux, a 6-3 guard, averaged 14.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for Newburg-United High School in Newburg, N.D. Lamoureux also played football and competed in track and field and golf at Newburg.

“Logan will join our program as a walk-on this fall,” Murken said. “He is a successful multi-sport athlete who will grow tremendously as a player once he concentrates on basketball.”

Beisch, a 6-3 guard, spent the last two seasons at Iowa Lakes Community College. As a sophomore, Beisch averaged 16.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and 40.5 percent from the three-point line. Beisch, who was named First Team All-Region XI on two occasions, averaged 14.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as a freshman.

“Kyle is a very talented guard that can really score the basketball,” Murken said. “He comes from a nationally ranked junior college program and is used to being in a leadership role and playing winning basketball.”

Cucovic, a 6-6 guard, graduated from Renaissance Academy in Altadena, Calif. Cucovic, who is from Belgrade, Serbia, averaged 17.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season.

“Aleksa is a very talented guard with great size. He is very skilled with the basketball in terms of shooting and passing ability,” said Murken.

Minot State posted its best-ever season in the NCAA Division II era in 2017-18 as the Beavers finished the year with a 20-10 overall record and a 13-9 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Beavers also won their first-ever NSIC Tournament game when they defeated Upper Iowa 91-71 in an opening round game.

— MSU Athletics