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Wruck commits to BSU

The Bemidji State men's basketball program picked up its fourth recruit Tuesday after guard Tyler Wruck of Foley High School verbally committed to play for the Beavers next season.

The Bemidji State men's basketball program picked up its fourth recruit Tuesday after guard Tyler Wruck of Foley High School verbally committed to play for the Beavers next season.

Wruck joins Brady Fairbanks of Cass Lake-Bena, Jimmie Johnson of Andover and Patrick Cassidy of St. Bernard's who have given their verbal commitment to head coach Matt Bowen.

The first day recruits are able to sign a National Letter of Intent for men's basketball is April 11.

This season the 6-foot-5 Wruck averaged 16.3 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game and 4.7 assists per game.

"I do a lot of stuff I guess," Wruck said. "I'm not too terribly great at anything but I'm pretty versatile; I really like to dribble-drive and then kick it out."

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Wruck's high school coach Chris Lewis, who guided the Falcons to an 18-8 record this winter, said there aren't many weaknesses to Wruck's game.

"He's really tough going to the basket, a really good defender and a good rebounding guard," Lewis said. "He always guarded the other team's best player."

That's not all either. Lewis said Wruck's talents run far deeper.

"Tyler is the hardest working kid that I've ever coached," Lewis said. "He competes and brings it every single practice and every single game."

Wruck knows a little bit about working hard.

He had to battle two shoulder surgeries and a broken hand through his high school career.

He played his entire sophomore season but was still recovering from shoulder surgery and said he wasn't quite 100 percent. Another shoulder surgery kept him off the court the first nine games of his junior year and he missed nine more games this season with a broken hand suffered during a scrimmage.

"I wasn't really able to get quite back into the swing of it this season," he said. "I just learned to keep my head up and work through it."

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Despite his injury midway through this season he said BSU's coaching staff still kept in touch.

"They showed the most interest and were the first ones to talk to me," Wruck said. "I felt the most comfortable with them; I liked how they were the first ones after me and were the most consistent."

Lewis said Wruck was his shooting guard this season and projects him at the same position in college.

Fairbanks (6-4) was also a shooting guard in high school while Johnson (6-10) played center and Cassidy (6-6) was a forward.

"It looks to be a pretty good class so far," Wruck said of his future teammates.

Wruck said he played against Fairbanks and Johnson during the AAU season.

The Beavers ended the 2006-07 season 5-13 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and 5-23 overall under first-year coach Matt Bowen.

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