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HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College men’s basketball coach Carson Cunningham today announced the signing of 6-5 point guard Matt Wyman from Great Falls High School.

Wyman was a first-team all-conference selection during his junior season, and was twice named the Great Falls Tribune Athlete of the Week. He scored 15.2 points per game, 4.0 assists per game and was 51 percent from the field.

His best performance of the 2013-14 season came when he scored 31 points against Helena High School.

Academically Wyman is stellar. He has an unweighted 4.0 GPA with high test scores. He received the Student Recognition Award and was named the World Languages Student of the Year. He hopes to pursue a degree in the medical field.

“I’m thrilled to announce the signing of Great Falls HS guard Matt Wyman,” Cunningham said. “Matt is a rock star student, he carries a 4.0gpa, takes tons of advanced courses, and registered an eye-popping ACT score as a junior. He volunteers in the community and is the President of his senior class. 

Outside of sports and school Wyman volunteered at the Sletten Cancer Center, with the Special Olympics, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church and at the Ursuline Center.

“In addition to all that, the young man can play a mean game of basketball,” Cunningham added. “He handles the ball very well for his size, and he has more hops than the Lewis & Clark brewery—I’m telling you, the young man can sky. Matt represents the values of our program, and I think he’ll make a dynamic contributions to Carroll College.”

The 2014-15 Carroll College Men’s Basketball Schedule has been released and the Fighting Saints are set to play 32 regular season games (four are exhibitions). 

Head coach Carson Cunningham and his team faces numerous tough tests in the preseason with exhibitions on the road at the University of Montana and University of Utah, as well as, heading to Cunningham’s alma mater in West Lafayette, Indiana to face perennial Big Ten power Purdue.

“Our schedule presents some mighty challenges and great match-ups as it takes us from the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert to the Great Lakes down to Mobile Bay. We play teams in conferences ranging from the Big Ten and Pac-12 to the North Star and Canada West,” Cunningham said. 

Last year, Cunningham’s first as head coach, Carroll College finished with a 9-19 overall record and placed eighth in the Frontier Conference with a 4-12 conference record. The Fighting Saints return Frontier Conference Freshman of the Year, Zach Taylor, and have several new talented additions coming to the hilltop for this upcoming season.

The Saints start their season with three of their first five games at home vs. Concordia University in Canada, Northwest Indian College and MSU-Billings.

The aforementioned weekend visit to Indiana to square off with Purdue and two other Hoosier-State programs is followed by a trip to Alabama where Carroll competes with a trio of teams in Mobile. The Saints will take part in a Christmas Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. this December (18-19).

With a preseason schedule littered with ranked teams and upper-division NCAA opponents, Cunningham looks forward to the challenge:

“It's an exciting and varied slate which I think our fans will really enjoy following. I know our players are going to dig playing it.”

The Fighting Saints begin Frontier Conference play on January 8. They travel to  face Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Griffins finished the 2013-14 season ranked 24th. They will then travel to Dillon and play against Montana- Western two days later.

The first home conference game is set for January 15 against the MSU-Northern. Carroll concludes the regular season with three home games in row, with the last contest on February 28 against last year’s conference champions, Rocky Mountain College.

“Looking at it from an academic perspective, I love that during the conference season our players will only miss two days of class. The later start to the spring semester and the luck of the draw helped us out big time in that regard,” Cunningham said.

Postseason play begins soon afterwards with the Frontier Conference Tournament followed by the NAIA Tournament.

By Amber Kuehn, Helena IR

The Carroll College men's basketball team will play a perennial Big Ten  contender this fall. Purdue released its schedule on Thursday, and it includes a Nov. 7 exhibition against the Saints. Carroll coach Carson Cunningham said he's excited about the opportunity to return to his alma mater and put Carroll College on the map in Indiana.

"I talked to coach (Matt) Painter not too long after taking the job (at Carroll)," Cunningham said. "We'd been friends for a while beforehand. He was really gracious about congratulating me, and we were just talking hoops when I mentioned, 'Hey, man, one day we might want to play you.' And he said, 'Let's do it; let's not wait.' I was like, 'Seriously?'"

Cunningham said Purdue has been helpful about making the trip a possibility for the program.

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Carroll College head men’s basketball coach Carson Cunningham announced the Fighting Saints’ third signing this month as guard Jon Pulsifer, most recently of the College of Southern Idaho has committed to play for Carroll.

"Jon had a fantastic high school career in Twin Falls, and went on to the storied junior college basketball power, the College of Southern Idaho, where he was a key contributor. His work ethic and desire should be infectious at Carroll,” Cunningham said. 

Pulsifer averaged 5.8 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per contest and shot 53.6-percent from the field during the 2012-13 season.  The 6-foot guard sat out this past season due to injury.

Pulsifer obtained his AA degree and maintained a 3.3 GPA in the classroom while at CSI.

“Jon is a tenacious competitor.  He will be a crowd favorite and is a great acquisition for Carroll College.  He will help take the team to another level,” CSI Athletic Director Joel Bate said.

Prior to his junior college career, Pulsifer was a three-time conference MVP and varsity letter winner at Twin Falls High School.  During his junior season, Pulsifer was named the Magic Valley Player of the Year after averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds.  

As a senior, he averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds in helping Twin Falls claim the state championship (Pulsifer was named tourney MVP).  Additionally, he was named 1st team All-State and 1st team All-Region during his senior year.

Pulsifer joins Helena’s Kyle Nickol and Napa Valley’s Ryan Imhoff as recent signings for the Carroll College men’s program.

Carroll College head men’s basketball coach Carson Cunningham announced the signing of 6-foot-6 guard and standout scholar Ryan Imhoff of Napa High School (Napa, CA). 

Imhoff averaged 18.5 points per game while shooting 48-percent from the field for the Indians.  During the past two seasons at Napa High, he was named to Napa’s All-County Team.

“We’re thrilled to have Ryan join the Fighting Saints.  He’s had a stellar academic and athletic career thus far and we feel like his best is yet to come,” Cunningham said.

 In all three seasons on varsity, Imhoff averaged double-figures in scoring and was voted Wine Valley Tournament MVP in 2013. He also shot over 40-percent from the three-point line.

Imhoff will join the Fighting Saints next season. In addition to his offensive prowess, he will offer coach Cunningham defensive flexibility as the lanky wing defended all-five positions during his high school career.

“Ryan has such a sweet stroke on his jumper, the grapes in Napa Valley are jealous.  He’s a fantastic rebounder and defender too.  We’re really excited to have him here,” Cunningham added.

Imhoff excelled in the classroom. He took 12 honors and advanced placement courses and his weighted GPA was a stellar 4.38.  The Napa product intends to major in chemistry and has designs on attending medical school in the future.

“Ryan ranks sixth out of nearly 400 students and his top-flight score [5] on the AP Chemistry exam makes him a natural fit for Carroll’s world-class science program,” Cunningham said. 

The 2014-15 recruiting class is Cunningham’s first in earnest as he was hired in late May last year and led the Fighting Saints to a seven win improvement from their previous campaign.

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