MSU Basketball Adds Three Division-I Transfers

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Midwestern State coach Nelson Haggerty announced the addition of three NCAA Division I transfers to the 2015-16 roster Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Jordan Stevens moves in from Duquesne (Pa.) to help the backcourt while juniors Magnus Richards from Binghamton (N.Y.) and Matt Pollard from San Jose State (Calif.) adds to the talent mix for the Mustangs.

"We have a very solid returning core," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "Jordan, Magnus and Matt bring the experience of competing at the Division I level and are all excited to join our MSU family."

Stevens, a 6-foot guard, demonstrated his adept ability to score the ball by pouring in 19.9 points per 40 minutes last season at Duquesne.

"Jordan is a very talented combo guard that can score," Haggerty said. "He will be great in our system because he has the ability to score from the perimeter or inside the paint."

Stevens buried six 3-pointers on his way to a team season-best 27-point performance in his Duquesne debut on Nov. 22 at Abilene Christian. It was the first of eight double-figure performances off of the bench for the Dukes as he finished the season as the team's third leading scorer at 8.9 points in 18.8 minutes per game.

The Columbia, Mo. native was a two-time NJCAA All American prior to committing to Duquesne.

He was one of 10 players to earn NJCAA Division I first-team All-America honors pouring in 19.2 points per game while leading Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa to a 25-7 mark and No. 17 national ranking in 2013-14.

Stevens gained honorable mention All-America honors as a freshman, scoring 19 points a game while helping the Blackhawks to a 23-10 mark as a freshman.

"We needed another guard who can score the basketball and create plays. Jordan seems to always be attack mode," Haggerty said. "He has shown the capability of having some big games and he's really excited about wanting to come here and be a part of what we do."

Richards continues the tradition of athletic, dynamic forwards at Midwestern State after playing his first two collegiate seasons at Binghamton.

"Magnus is long and athletic and he started as a freshman. He's a good-sized kid who plays at about 215 [pounds] at 6-7. He shoots it well inside the arc, can really attack from the perimeter and has a solid back to the basket game," Haggerty said. "He falls in line with the same kind of guys that have made us successful. We're lucky to have him for two years as a transfer."

Richards played in 45 games while making 15 starts in the competitive America East Conference over the past two seasons.

He earned the league's Rookie of the Week honors scoring a career-high 12 points against Radford on Nov. 23, 2013 before carrying averages of 2.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in just under 10 minutes per game as a sophomore.

But Richards brings more than a solid offensive option to Wichita Falls.

"He was Binghamton's best defender on the ball and has the capability to guard multiple positions who is an active rebounder. He has a knack for the ball," Haggerty said. "He falls right in between (former All-LSC performer) Xavier (Blackburn) and Tavarion (Nix) with length, athleticism and aggressiveness."

At 7-feet, Pollard brings the dimension of great size to the paint for the Mustangs.

"He's got great size and length. We've seen him a lot in high school being from the Houston area, but he just started playing basketball his junior year of high school," Haggerty said. "He's a big that can run the floor and has improved greatly after the past couple of years. With more time, he has the opportunity to be a force."

Pollard played in 28 games as a true freshman in 2013-14 at San Jose State averaging 1.2 points per game while swatting 15 shots before appearing in five games as a reserve as a sophomore.

He was a 2012 Greater Houston Area All-District 22-4A second pick as a senior at Kashmere High School averaging just shy of a double-double (points/rebounds) for the Rams.

Midwestern State returns seven letter winners off of last season's 22-9 squad advancing to the NCAA Division II postseason for the seventh consecutive season.

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