Peeters Named Spartan Men's Basketball Coach

Wednesday, September 3

Minnesota State Community and Technical College announces the hiring of C. J. Peeters as the Spartan men's basketball head coach.

Peeters comes to M State with extensive playing and coaching experience, including a stint as an assistant coach and head junior varsity basketball coach at Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D. He also has coached at both the middle and high school levels, most recently in Medina, N.D., and earned extensive honors as a player at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and at Jamestown College. He played for both colleges in their national basketball tournament appearances.

During his two years at Central Lakes College, he was named 2nd team All-Conference and 1st team All-Conference, and he was All-American in 2009. He was a two-time All-American at Jamestown College in 2010 and 2011.

Gary Henrickson, the dean of academic affairs on M State's Fergus Falls campus, said the college is excited about the depth of experience that Peeters brings to the Spartan basketball program.

"I enjoy the process of teaching and helping players become successful, not only in the game of basketball but by using basketball as a tool for instilling good morals and bright futures," Peeters said.

Peeters earned his associate of arts degree with an emphasis in business from Central Lakes College and a bachelor's degree in physical education from Jamestown College. He succeeds former Spartan Coach Brandon Colvin, who was hired at Dakota College in Bottineau, N.D., where he will serve as head men's basketball coach and athletic director.

The Spartans play their home games on the M State campus in Fergus Falls.


Fridley duo signs with Spartans

April 21, 2014

Minnesota State Community and Technical College men's basketball coach Brandon Colvin has announced the signing of a pair of players from Fridley High School.

Chany Pal is a 6-4 versatile forward who can play inside or outside. He was named to the North Suburban All-Conference Team and was the Fridley High School team MVP. He averaged 11.3 points, seven rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Overall, he shot 45 percent from the field, including 38 percent from three.

"Chany is a player who is still growing and has a high basketball IQ. I believe his best basketball is still well ahead of him," Colvin said.

Teammate Ahmed Ismail is a 6-1 shooting guard with a deadly outside shot. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game and shot 43 percent from the field, including 40 percent from three. He has the ability to play the two or step in at the point if needed.

"Ahmed is a player who really knows how to score the ball," Colvin said. "He fills a role that we were desperately lacking last season in that he can hit the three at a consistently high rate."

Chany and Ahmed join a class that so far includes local standouts Blake Ohren of Ashby, Dakotah Kashmark of West Central Area Schools and Adam Creek of Underwood. The five newcomers will join four returning players, including the top two scorers from last season in Ja'Vonte Johnson and JJ Morris.


Trio of local standouts to play for Spartans

April 21, 2014

Spartan men's basketball coach Brandon Colvin has announced that a trio of local athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Dakotah Kashmark, a 6-0 guard from West Central Area Schools, will bring much-needed depth to the point guard position along with a deft scoring touch. As a senior he averaged 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds per game. He was named to the Minnesota Academic All-State and Prairie Conference All-Conference teams as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was a two-year captain and finished his career as the all-time leading scorer at West Central with 1,298 points. "I believe Dakotah has a chance to be a great player for us," Colvin said. "He has a high basketball IQ and a great touch both on passes and shooting."

Adam Creek, a 5-8 point guard who played for the Underwood Rockets, is a two-sport standout, excelling on the gridiron and on the court. The Little 8 All-Conference Team member averaged 14 points, 2.1 assists and two steals a game this past season. "Adam is the kind of kid every program needs," Colvin said. "He's a hard-nosed, blue collar player who is not afraid of contact. He is exceptional in the open court and can consistently hit the three. I believe he fills a spot we needed to fill at the point position."

The third local standout to sign is Ashby High School's Blake Ohren. The 6-3 forward, like Creek, is also a standout on the football field and will play football for Steve King's Spartans in the fall. As a two-year captain, Ohren averaged 18.7 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Like Kashmark he is a three time All-Conference Team member in the Little 8. He also will graduate as Ashby's all-time leading scorer with 1,405 points. "Blake is a kid that I believe will be able to play not only the traditional wing position, but also the hybrid position of a stretch four. His physical abilities will allow him to guard a bigger player on defense while taking advantage of a mismatch offensively. I look for big things from him," Colvin said.

The Spartans finished 13-14 in Colvin's first season and look to improve on this mark and make a return appearance to the MCAC playoffs in 2014-15.

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