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Westminster basketball: Griffins complete signing class

SALT LAKE CITY — The Westminster College men’s basketball team completed its signing class for the 2013-14 season with the addition of six recruits to a NAIA/Frontier Conference letter of intent. Head coach Adam Hiatt announced that Kayden Calder, Bryce Callahan, Joe Cremer, Travis Devashrayee, Casey Evans and Cole Hally will join the Griffin program.

Evans is a 6-foot-4 guard from Morgan, Utah, where he attended Morgan High School. He was a two-time first team all-state selection that helped the Trojans to a runner-up finish at the Utah 3A State Championships as a senior. During that senior season, Evans averaged 21.5 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. He scored 20 points in 14 of the teams 25 games, including a 46 point performance against North Summit High School.

“Casey is a player that I have wanted on my team since the first time I saw him play in our camp six years ago,” Hiatt said. “He is a very versatile, strong and athletic player that impacts the game on both ends of the floor. I think most people look at the fact that he led the state in scoring as a senior and think that he’s simply that, a scorer. But Casey was always the best defender on the floor and has an innate feel for the game that will enable him to have a successful career in our program. I am greatly looking forward to having Casey join our program next month once he returns from his mission.”

Cremer comes to Westminster from South Jordan, Utah. The 6-1 guard attended Judge Memorial Catholic School where he averaged 10 points per game as a senior. For his career, Cremer scored 488 points, made 94 treys and helped the Bulldogs to back-to-back region titles. He was named second team all-state by the Deseret News as a senior and was a member of the National Honor Society.

“Joe is a natural fit for Westminster,” Hiatt said. “He comes from one of the storied high school basketball programs in the state and was taught by a great coach. Additionally, he is a very bright young man. As a player Joe was one of the best players in the state at the 3A level. He has great energy and can really make shots when he gets going. He can play both guard spots and will be asked to fill many roles throughout his career. I look forward to Joe’s development and expect great things from him.”

Callahan is a 6-4 forward from Cottonwood Heights, Utah, that attended Brighton High School. As a senior, Callahan averaged 8.6 points and five rebounds per game while helping the Bengals to the semifinals of the Utah 5A State Championships. He had eight games in double figures, including a career-high 25 points in a game at Layton High School.

“I am happy that Bryce is joining our program. He has really developed as a player over the years,” Hiatt said. “He has attended several of our summer basketball camps and without fail, came back each summer as an improved player. Bryce had a terrific career at Brighton, playing for a terrific coach. He was an instrumental part in their success these past two seasons, as well as being one of the most consistent and effective three point shooters in the state. What I like most about Bryce is he competes and embraces challenges. I expect him to have an outstanding career at Westminster.”

Calder joins the Griffins from Rich, Utah, where he attended Rich High School. During his senior season, Calder led the Rebels to the consolation title Utah 1A State Championships after averaging 20.5 points per game. He scored 821 points during his prep career with 19 games at 20 or more points, including a 39 point performance during the state tournament of his senior season. Along with being named first team all-state in basketball, Calder earned that same honor as the quarterback of the Rich football team.

“Kayden is a very strong and physical guard that enjoyed much success as a high school player,” Hiatt said. “Coming home from a mission will present some challenges to him initially, in terms of conditioning, but it will also provide intrinsic maturity. He is a great young man from a terrific family and an outstanding student. Kayden also came through our camps system, which is as big a reason as any that he is a Griffin. I’m looking forward to Kayden developing throughout his career.”

Devashrayee has signed with the Griffins, but he will serve a church mission and not join the program until the 2015-16 season. The 6-5 forward is from Cottonwood Heights, Utah, where he attended Brighton High School. He was part of the Bengal team that reached the semifinals of the Utah 5A State Championships after averaging 12.3 points per game. Devashrayee was named second team all-state by the Deseret News as a senior with 18 games where he scored in double figures.

“Travis was one of our top high school recruiting targets this season and we feel very fortunate to have received a commitment from him before he leaves on a mission,” Hiatt said. “When Travis returns he will be an outstanding addition to our team. He has one of the best motors I have seen from a young player, reminiscent of one of our program’s best players, Nick Booth. He grabs almost every rebound and has the athleticism to be a great mismatch on a nightly basis on both sides of the ball. We wish Travis well and look forward to his return in two years.”

Hally will also serve a two-year church mission before joining the Griffins for the 2015-16 season. He is a 6-7 forward from Farmington, Utah, where he prepped at Davis High School. Hally helped the Darts to the quarterfinals of the Utah 5A State Championships after averaging 8.4 points per game as a senior. He scored in double figures during 11 games of the season with two double-doubles.

“Davis High School has a long history of success in developing players to be college-ready and Cole is no exception,” Hiatt said. “He has a terrific build and possesses great athletic ability. He can stretch the floor just as well as finish above the rim. What I like most about Cole is his gregariousness. He is a naturally likeable person and humble, despite the fact that he is physically imposing. That is a great quality to have as a teammate. Cole will also return to us in two years after his mission. We expect him to impact our program positively when he returns.”

Westminster is coming off a 22-8 season, including seven wins over ranked teams. It was the team's 11th-straight 20-win season and it finished in the top four of the Frontier Conference for a 12th consecutive season.