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Top row, left to right; Porter and Bakalarski. Bottom row, Harper and Fry
Top row, left to right; Porter and Bakalarski. Bottom row, Harper and Fry
Men's Basketball - Thu, Jul. 6, 2017

The Frontier Conference would like to announce four recent signees by MSU-Northern men's basketball coach Shawn Huse.

Gabe Porter and Caulin Bakalarski join the lights from Walla Walla Community College, where they helped lead the Warriors to the 2017 NWAC championship. 

Porter, a 6-foot guard, is a native of Walla Walla, Wash. In addition to helping his team win the NWAC title, he was named to the all-tournament first team and was named the tournament's Most Inspirational Player. 

Porter was a first team All-Region pick, and was the second-leading scorer in the NWAC, averaging 22 points per game. In addition, he averaged 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals, 3.1 rebounds and shot 90 percent from the free throw line.

"Gabe is an intense basketball player who is excited to be coming to MSU-Northern and Havre," Huse said, "He looks forward to enhancing our tradition. His ability to shoot, get to the basket and defend is exceptional. He plays with a great deal of fire, energy, toughness, and competitiveness. Simply put, Gabe is a winner. Players with his type of passion are the ones you want in your program. Gabe is already extremely invested in our team, school and community. He gelled very well with our returners on his visit and they are excited he chose to be a Light."

Bakalarski is a 6-foot-3 guard from Port Orchard, Wash. He was a first team All-Region selection and an NWAC Player of the Week for his efforts against then No.2 Spokane Community College. He finished the year as the eight-ranked scorer in the NWAC averaging 20.7 points per game.  From the field, Bakalarski shot 46 percent and he shot 40 percent from the three-point line. He led the Warriors in rebounds at 7.1 per game, shot 76 percent from the free throw line, led the team in blocked shots and dished out 2.8 assists per game." 

"Caulin is an exceptional all-around basketball player, a solid student, and steady teammate." Huse said. "He was a huge key to his teams' success in college and in high school. We are ecstatic he chose to be a Northern Light and are excited about the prospect of him playing with our other guards and group we have. Caulin fills the stat line and does so in an unselfish way.  He shoots high percentages and makes solid, efficient decisions on the court. He can play at the wing and handle point guard duties as well.  Caulin has a great nose for the basketball and does what it takes to win."

Anthony Harper, a 6-foot-5 forward, joins the Lights program after two successful years at Green River Community College and Tacoma Community College. He was a 2016 NWAC All-Star selection and averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field. He is a native of Seattle, Wash.

"Anthony is a very hard-working, athletic, versatile all-around forward at both ends of the court," Huse said. "He is a very good person, great teammate and diligent student. He chose to stay and finish his schooling last year after completing his basketball eligibility which speaks to his character and commitment to his education. We are excited about him as he is another guy that is hungry and excited about being at Northern and being a Light."

Huse also announced the signing of James Fry, a 6-foot-4 guard from Stevensville High School, Stevensville, Mont. Fry earned all-conference honors twice in basketball and was a four-time academic all-state honoree. This season, he averaged 14 points, five rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Yellowjackets. On the football field, Fry was also a standout. He led the Southwest A in rushing as a junior, averaging nearly 10 yards per carry and was an all-conference pick.  

"James is another guy who has shown great interest and enthusiasm for MSU-Northern and we love that about him,"Huse said, "He is a great kid, has earned a remarkable GPAc and is an accomplished player on the court.  James has been a very versatile player, doing well at the point, two, and three positions. We look forward to him being on board next year, and to seeing what he can do at this level."

Porter, Bakalarski, Harper, and Fry join a MSU-Northern team that finished 21-11 in 2016-2017 (Huse's 10th, 20-win season). The Lights were the top-ranked team in scoring defense in NAIA Division I at 61 points per game.