McClain Announces Early Signees To The Wyoming Basketball Program

Nov. 10, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming headbasketball coach Steve McClain announced on Wednesday that three high-schoolseniors have signed national letters of intent with the University ofWyoming. The three high-school student-athletes are: Alex Dunn, a 6-10,220-pound forward-center from Sioux Rapids, Iowa, Joe Ries, a 6-8, 230-poundpower forward from St. Louis, Mo., and David Rottinghaus, a 6-5, 185-poundguard-forward from Charles City, Iowa.

National recruiting expert Bob Gibbons, Editor and Publisher of AllStar Sports Productions, describes the Wyoming recruiting class as one ofthe best in the Mountain West Conference. He ranks Ries among the Top 125high-school seniors. Rottinghaus is ranked among the Top 200, and Dunn isranked in the Top 350.

"Collectively, these three young men constitute an impressive groupof newcomers for Coach Steve McClain's Cowboy Basketball program," saidGibbons. "This talented trio could be ranked as one of the top earlyrecruiting classes in the Mountain West Conference this year."

Alex Dunn 6-10 220 F/C Sioux Rapids, Iowa (SiouxCentral)

Dunn is coming off a junior season that saw him average 24.0 points,11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. He earned First Team All-NorthwestIowa and was an Honorable-Mention All-State selection by the Iowa NewspaperAssociation. He enters his senior season ranked as the No. 13 center in theMidwest by MidWestHoops.com. In addition to an outstanding high-schoolcareer, Dunn led his Martin Brothers Select AAU Team to a ninth-place finishat the AAU National Championships. He has scored a career high 33 points,and is a multi-sport athlete. He also plays baseball and football and holdshis school's record in the 110 high hurdles. Coached in high school byKendall Rachuy, Dunn is the son of Debbie and Randy Dunn. His older sister,Cherie, currently competes on the track team at Augustana College in SiouxFalls, S.D. Dunn was also recruited by Iowa, Iowa State, Bradley andNorthern Iowa.

"Alex Dunn is a player I really get excited about because of hispotential," said McClain. "He's a young man who grew late -- he grew seveninches between his freshman and sophomore years of high school. Alex isdefinitely a young man who's just going to continue to get better andbetter. To be able to get a 6-10 kid is a big plus for us, particularlyknowing the improvements he's capable of making. I'm excited about the typeof player he can be a year from now, two years from now. He has greatpotential."

"Dunn has grown over seven inches in the past year, and is stillgrowing" said Bob Gibbons. "He may be seven feet when he enrolls at Wyomingnext year. Dunn played the guard position before his rapid growth, and hasexceptional perimeter skills for his height. He is a fine ballhandler,passer and a fine shooter. He has enormous potential. He is rated in ourNational Top 350."

Joe Ries (Pronounced Reese) 6-8 230 PF St. Louis,Mo. (DeSmet Jesuit)

Ries is one of the most high-profile Wyoming recruits in recenthistory. He has been ranked by a number of publications among the nation'stop high-school seniors. Bob Gibbons ranks him among the Top 125 players inthe country, and USA Today named Ries an Honorable-Mention High SchoolAll-American. He averaged 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5steals per game as a junior last season. Not only is Ries an outstandingindividual talent, but he plays for one of the most successful high-schoolprograms in the state of Missouri at DeSmet Jesuit High in St. Louis. As ajunior, he led DeSmet to a 30-2 record on way to League, District and StateChampionships. DeSmet became the first team in Metro Catholic Leaguehistory to go undefeated in conference play. Ries earned Metro CatholicLeague MVP, First Team All-District and First Team All-State as a junior.Coached in high school by Bob Steiner, Ries is the son of JoAnn and CharlieRies. He has two brothers, David and Charlie. Ries was also recruited byNotre Dame, St. Louis, Illinois State, Vanderbilt and Northwestern.

"Joe (Ries), is physically very mature for his age," McClain said."I like his offensive skills. His high-school system is a lot like oursystem, so he's used to playing up and down the court. I think he'll fit inimmediately to our tempo. He will bring toughness to our program, and willbring great character to our program. I have great respect for hishigh-school coach, Bob Steiner, and how he coaches his kids. They won astate championship last year, and so Joe is a kid who understands winning."

"Ries was a First Team All-State player last season, and is ahard-nosed, competitive front-court player," said Gibbons. "He has been well-coached in the basic fundamentals, and is a fineshooter with good range. He could be an immediate contributor at Wyomingnext season. He is rated in our National Top 125."

David Rottinghaus 6-5 185 G/F CharlesCity, Iowa (Charles City)

Rottinghaus averaged 29.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists pergame as a junior. His efforts earned him First Team Class 3A All-Statehonors and Second Team Iowa Newspaper Association All-State recognition. Hehas been rated the No. 17 best small forward in the Midwest and the No. 75overall player in the Midwest by MidWestHoops.com. Doug Carr of Rivals.comranks Rottinghaus in the Top 100 high-school seniors at No. 91. Selectedthe Northeast Iowa Conference MVP as a junior, he set school records forthree-pointers in a game (10), total points in a game (46) and most pointsin a season (539). He also played for the Martin Brothers Select AAU Teamthat finished ninth at the AAU National Championships. Also plays baseball,and is a member of the student council. Coached in high school by ToddForsyth, Rottinghaus is the son of Margo and Paul Rottinghaus. He has twoolder sisters, Lindsay and Carolyn. Rottinghaus was also recruited byEvansville, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

"David Rottinghaus is a kid who can really shoot the basketball,"said McClain. "He's one of the better shooters I've watched. He has greatrange, and is a good all-around athlete. He plays for a coach whounderstands winning, and David will play on a team this year that has anopportunity to win a state championship."

"Rottinghaus is a fundamentally skilled, intelligent prospect," saidGibbons. "He is capable of playing either big guard or small forward at thecollegiate level. He is an excellent outside shooter, and an above averageathlete. He is rated in our National Top 200 prospects."

Overall, McClain believes the most important common element that hissignees share is knowing how to win.

"These young men come from programs that win," McClain added. "Whenyou're building a program, I believe you have to bring in kids whounderstand winning, and who expect to win. All three of these kids do."