Mitchel Heumiller signs on to play basketball at Dakota Wesleyan
By Jay Davis
Mobridge-Pollock senior Mitchel Heumiller is trading in his orange and black for blue and white, but will remain a Tiger. Heumiller has signed his letter of intent to play basketball for Dakota Wesleyan University next season.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play college basketball,” said Heumiller.
Heumiller said he was feeling the pressure of having to make such an important decision, so much so that coach Tim Frederick noticed it was weighing on him.
“It was a relieving decision,” said Heumiller.
It was part basketball part his future career path that drew Heumiller to the Mitchell school.
“I went to a campus tour and they treated me really well,” said Heumiller, “plus they have my major. I want to be an athletic trainer.”
During his weekend there he got to go to a team shoot-around and a home game at the Corn Palace.
“I liked their style, liked their players and I know a lot of the players,” said Heumiller.
Dakota Wesleyan is led by first-year coach Matt Wilber, a native of Miller.
“He’s great,” said Heumiller. “Being from Miller he knows our area and he likes South Dakota players.”
This season Heumiller averaged 16.2 points, 2.6 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game as the only returning starter. As the only junior on last year’s squad that took fourth in state, Heumiller was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Class A State Boys Basketball Tournament and was also named to All-Big Dakota Conference Team. This year’s postseason honors have not yet been announced.