BOWLING GREEN - Bowling Green State University men's basketball coach Louis Orr has announced the signing of three student-athletes. Zach Denny, Garret Mayleben and J.D. Tisdale have all signed National Letters Of Intent to begin their collegiate basketball careers at BGSU for the 2013-14 season.
Tisdale, a 6-foot-5 point guard from Flint, Mich. (Swartz Creek High School), averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game as a junior. He was named second team all-area by the Flint Journal. At the AAU level, Tisdale has been coached by Marcellus Miller, while
"J.D. is an extremely talented and athletic point guard who has size, vision and explosiveness," Orr said. "His ability to see over the defense at 6-5 and make plays for others and himself gives him an advantage over most other guards. He is creative and very active in the open floor and he has the ability to get to the rim and finish. With his length and quickness, he is a very good on-ball defender and rebounder. J.D. is a student of the game and he has the ability to impact the game positively in a variety of ways. He is a very hard worker, a good teammate and a quality young man. We are extremely pleased and excited to welcome him and his family to our Falcon Family."
Denny, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Germantown, Ohio (Valley View High School), led the state of Ohio in scoring as a junior, averaging 28.8 points per game. He was a Division II All-Ohio Special Mention award winner and All-Ohio Honorable Mention as a sophomore after averaging 24.5 points per game. Denny has a single-game scoring high of 42 points heading into his senior season and he is coached by Ben Buehner.
"Zach is one of the best shooters and scorers in the state of Ohio," Orr said. "He is a deadly three-pointer shooter, but also has the ability to score in a variety of ways. He is a very affective ball-handler and passer with a high IQ. He is a high-energy player that is active on both ends of the floor and he gets his hands on a lot of balls defensively. Zack is an extremely hard worker and a young man who puts the time in to improve his game. His ability to stretch the defense with his three-point shooting will be an added weapon for us. Zach is a good teammate and a quality young man. We are extremely pleased and excited to welcome him and his family to our Falcon Family."
Mayleben, a 6-foot-9 forward from Milford, Ohio (Milford High School), averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a junior under head coach Joe Cambron. He was honorable mention all-conference at Milford.
"Garrett is a skilled and active big man who brings a lot of energy and effort to the court," Orr said. "At 6-9, he has very good size and length. Garrett has a nice touch from the perimeter and can handle the ball. He has the ability to score and he is comfortable facing the basket as well as playing in the post. He is a versatile and active defender who runs the floor well and is an affective rebounder. Garrett has a high IQ for the game and is a hard worker with big upside. With his size, skill and talent, Garrett will continue to grow as a player."
The Bowling Green men's basketball team is off to a 2-3 start to the 2012-13 season after going 16-16 a year ago and 9-7 in Mid-American Conference play. The Falcons have advanced to the postseason twice in the past four years and have increased their winning percentage for two consecutive seasons. Under head coach Louis Orr, Bowling Green won the MAC regular season championship in 2009 and Orr was named MAC Coach of the Year.
"We are very excited and pleased to welcome the newest members to our Falcon Family," Orr said. "They are not only very talented and hardworking basketball players, but are diligent and hardworking students and high-character young men from great families. They are all excited about joining our Falcon Family."