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Royal men sign Minnesota standouts

05 /23/2014

Article by Harry Lipsiea, Devils Lake Journal published May 15, 2014

Lake Region State College mens head basketball coach Joe Kittell has announced the inking of two high school standouts from Minnesota. Careino Gurley, Minnetonka, and AJ Nywesh, Austin, have signed on to join the Royal program for the 2014-2015 campaign.

Gurley, a 6-4 forward, helped turn around a high school program during his time at Minnetonka High School.

After winning only four games in his freshman season, Minnetonka won 50-plus games in Gurley's last three seasons.

Kittell is excited about what the forward can bring to the Lake Region State College program.

"Careino comes from a high school program with a great, winning tradition," Kittell, the first-year Royal head coach, noted. "He is a very good student with a great winning attitude. I am really excited about the toughness he will bring to the floor for us next season."

Like Gurley, fellow recruit AJ Nywesh had a fine high school career at a strong Minnesota high school basketball program.

The 6-foot guard averaged 15 points, three assists and three rebounds during his senior campaign while leading Austin to the AAA state championship game.

"AJ is a really fun kid to be around with a great attitude. He plays with tremendous energy," Kittell commented. "A great scorer, we look for AJ to help fill the shoes left behind from the graduation of Melvin Langstaff."

With the additions of Gurley and Nywesh, the Royals' recruiting class features six athletes.

The Minnesota standouts join Ryan Clark, Tom Kubank, Spencer Halverson and Dawson Peterson who signed letters of intent to join the Lake Region State College program in April.

The Royals finished the 2013-2014 season with a successful record of 19-12 overall.