Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team has signed two players to its 2017 recruiting class.
Kyle Mangas, a 6-3 guard from Warsaw, Indiana and Michael Zitney, a 6-9 center from Massillon, Ohio is a will be joining the team next year.
IWU’s head men’s basketball coach Greg Tonagel said he is looking forward to this class.
“We are not only getting one of the best local players around but one of the best players in the entire state. This is a good class for us.” Tonagel said, “Both Kyle and Michael are ‘others’ focused. They are both hard workers and desire to grow on and off the court.”
Tonagel said he is confident their strengths will benefit the team next year.
“Kyle brings a savvy basketball game and Michael brings some well needed size,” Tonagel said.
Both Mangas and Zitney have put countless hours in the gym throughout high school to get the chance to play in the top NAIA conference in the Crossroads League.
IWU won the NAIA Division II Nationals in 2016 and competed to advance to the National Championship semi-finals this past season.
The success IWU men’s basketball has had is something that attracted both Mangas and Zitney.
“What made me commit would be that this is a winning team with an amazing program,” Zitney said. “The coaches are very knowledgeable about the sport so I know they will help me reach my full potential.”
Mangas said he wants to play for IWU because of the coaches.
“I wanted to commit to IWU because I really connected with the coach staff and players, and also due to the high success they have every season,” Mangas said.
The atmosphere the team brings on an off the court was also what helped their decision to commit to IWU.
“I am looking forward to being with a group of guys that this team has. They are all great people and make it feel like a family atmosphere,” Zitney said. “The most exciting part from the transition to the college level will be that I will be playing with all great players and that will challenge me and get me better each day.”
Although Zitney is excited about what basketball will bring, he said he is also looking forward to studying at IWU. Next year, Zitney will be a pre-med major.
Mangas will be studying finance while at IWU.
“Venturing out on my own and managing my time as a student-athlete at IWU makes me thrilled for next year,” Mangas said.
Zitney and Mangas will be part of a group that will replace a graduating class that went 126-16 and won two NAIA DII National Championships.