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Augustana Men's basketball adds two more during spring signing period

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Sioux Falls, SD (KWSN) – Augustana College head men's basketball coach Tom Billeter announced the signing of Steven Schaefer from Rapid City, S.D. and Sam Mayer from Queensland, Australia to letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Augustana.

Billeter also announced the addition of Jordan Spencer, who joined the team at the semester break and sat out the 2013-14 season as a redshirt. Schaefer, Spencer and Mayer bring the 2014-15 recruiting class to six as they join Marcus Asmus, Matt Heitmann and Ben Weisbeck who signed with Augustana during the early signing period this fall. 

Schaefer, a 6-foot-3 guard, capped off a stellar high school career at Rapid City Stevens where he was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter. Schaefer was recently named the Argus Leader Player of the Year after averaging 24 points, five rebounds and two assists per game in 2013-14. He was a three-time all-conference selection during his career and earned two All-State distinctions being named first team as a senior and second team as a junior. 

Schaefer earned the Spirit of Su Award his senior season and was a finalist for South Dakota's Gatorade Player of the Year. He set school records with 579 points and 62 3-point field goals at Stevens his senior season and was named to the State AA All-Tournament Team.

As a junior, Schaefer averaged 19 points, four rebounds and two assists after scoring 12 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists per game as a sophomore. "Steven had a tremendous senior season for Rapid City Stevens and is an excellent athlete with incredible jumping ability," Billeter said. "He has a natural ability to score and finishes well in the lane and around the rim along with the ability to hit the perimeter jump shot.Our staff believes Steven has only begun to scratch the surface of his potential and has the ability to become a great college basketball player. Steven's dad, Troy, was an outstanding football player at Augustana and we are happy to continue the Schaefer legacy at Augustana."

Spencer, a 6-foot-2 guard from London, England, is a 2013 graduate of Milton Keynes Academy where he averaged 26 points, seven assists and six rebounds last season. Spencer was selected for the Under-20 Great Britain national team in 2013 and competed in the FIBA European Championships.

He was ranked as the third best player in the UK at his age level by Hoopsfix.com in 2013.   "Jordan joined our team last December and will have four years remaining at Augustana," Billeter said. "Jordan is an extremely talented athlete and has the ability to be an outstanding guard in the NSIC. He is an explosive player with great basketball knowledge and a constant desire to compete and improve." 

Mayer, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 13 points, 17 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game during his senior season at Anglican Church Grammar School. As a junior, Mayer scored 13 points per game while grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking 1.5 shots per game.

After leading his team to a conference championship as a senior and a successful high school career, Mayer and his team completed a U. S. Tour that included a game against powerhouse Mater Dei in California. While playing for the U-18 National team Mayer averaged seven points and eight rebounds per game.

He also played for the U-16 National team averaging 10 points and nine rebounds. Mayer spent three seasons on the Queensland State team and was selected for the U-20 Queensland team in 2013. "Sam is an athletic forward with all the tools to become an excellent basketball player," Billeter said. "He has great jumping ability and is very agile and can really pursue the basketball.

Sam also has the ability to be an excellent defender and will fit very well in the system we have in place. Also an excellent student, Sam plans to explore the business side of things in the Unites States." Augustana finished 16-14 in 2013-14, including 12-10 in the NSIC which was good for a ninth-place finish. 

Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., Augustana College is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. 

Courtesy: Augustana College