|Bellarmine University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Davenport has announced the signing of three Cincinnati-area high school seniors.|
Alec Pfriem of Moeller High School, Nick Thelen of Covington Catholic High School, and Bash Wieland of Lakota East High School all have signed National Letters-of-Intent with Bellarmine.
“We are very excited to sign three tremendous young men and welcome them to our university and basketball program,” Davenport said. “They are winners in the classroom and on the court. They come from great families and will be welcomed into our family. It is very rewarding as a coach to see these outstanding young men begin the next chapter in their life at Bellarmine University!”
Pfriem (pronounced “Freem”) is a 6-5 guard/forward who helped Moeller to an Ohio state championship a season ago. He led the team in assists with a 4.1 average while adding 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Coach Davenport on Pfriem: “Alec comes from a state championship program at Moeller and a tremendous coach in Carl Kremer. He has won at every level and one reason is he affects the game in so many ways. His ability to makes others around him better is a trait all great prospects share.
Moeller Coach Carl Kremer on Pfriem: “Alec is a terrific, multi-talented player. He scores on all three levels and is an elite passer. His size and basketball IQ allow him to be effective as a defender and rebounder. He will literally play every position for us.”
Pfriem on signing with Bellarmine: “I chose Bellarmine because it really felt like home when I went on my official visit. I am excited to play with a great group of guys and be a part of Bellarmine’s winning tradition.”
Thelen is a 6-8 forward, who also helped his high school team to a state championship last season. The younger brother of former Bellarmine All-American Jake Thelen, Nick averaged six points and five rebounds coming off the bench last season and played a big role inside during CovCath’s run to the state championship. This season, he will be a key factor in CovCath’s hopes of another title this year and was ranked as the top player in ninth region by The Courier-Journal.
Coach Davenport on Nick Thelen: “Nick also comes from a State Championship program at Covington Catholic. His length and athleticism is very special and gives him the ability to grow and become a very dynamic prospect. Having coached his brother Jake and being so familiar with his family on and off the court Nick comes to us with a tremendous attitude toward learning and doing whatever it takes to be successful on the floor and in the classroom.”
Covington Catholic Coach Scott Ruthsatz on Nick Thelen: “Nick has made tremendous strides in elevating his game each year in our program. Although his role each year has changed, his hard work and dedication to team success is what really separates him. Nick’s best years are ahead of him and look forward to his continued success at Bellarmine.”
Thelen on signing with Bellarmine: “I chose Bellarmine because I know it has great academics, and a great basketball program. The fan base is unbelievable. My brother Jake Thelen went there, and I got to witness how good the team is and how crowded the home games are. Each year they compete for a national championship, and I hope to win one. I can’t wait to be a part of the family.”
Wieland, a 6-4 guard, averaged 12.6 points and 3.4 rebounds last season for Lakota East. A top-notch student as well, Wieland chose Bellarmine over a number of high-level Division II programs.
Coach Davenport on Bash Wieland: “Bash loves the game and that is a special talent! He is a very energetic young man who effects those around him in an uplifting manner. He embraces being coached and loves to learn. His skills are very versatile as a player at both ends of the court and his physical gifts are excellent.”
Lakota East Coach Clinton Adkins on Bash Wieland: “Bash is an absolute pleasure to coach. He works hard every day and he is a great teammate. I really think he will fit in with the Bellarmine family well. Bash has really improved in all areas of his game this off season which is a testament to his work ethic. He can score on you at all three levels which makes him a tough match up for our opponents.”
Wieland on signing with Bellarmine: “I’m very thankful for this opportunity to play at the next level, and I’m really excited to be a part of the Bellarmine family and tradition.”