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Men's Basketball - Fri, Mar. 24, 2017

MARION, Ind. -- The Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team has signed two players for the 2017 recruiting class. Kyle Mangas is a 6-3 guard from Warsaw High School in Warsaw, Indiana and Michael Zitney is a 6-9 center from Massillon-Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio. 

Mangas led the Tigers to a 60-16 record in his three seasons as a starter, including advancing to the Final Four in the 4A State Tournament as a junior, the final eight as a senior and having three straight undefeated seasons in the Northern Lakes Conference. In his career, Mangas tallied 1,450 career points.

“Kyle fits who we are as a basketball program,” said IWU head coach Greg Tonagel. “He’s unselfish and hard working. We value intangibles and Kyle has great intangibles. The thing about Kyle is that he is a basketball player. That’s what we love about him. He is just a versatile guy who makes plays and who has a fearless mindset.”

In his senior campaign, Mangas averaged 22.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists while helping Warsaw lead all 4A schools in defensive points allowed per game.

“Kyle is a tremendous basketball player and a mature, humble, hard-working person,” said Warsaw coach Doug Ogle. “He is just fearless. He does not back away. The bigger the game, the better he plays.”

Zitney is a key contributor for Massillon-Jackson, who holds a 24-2 record and is playing in the OHSAA State Championship this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. 

“Michael is a great fit in our program” said Tonagel. “We were drawn in to him because of his work ethic and unselfish attitude. Every time we have seen Michael play, he has improved in some aspect of his game. With that drive to improve and his proven ability to play with other great players in a winning program, we know Michael will help push our program forward to new heights.”

Zitney shares the front court with two other post players who are ranked in the top 15 in the state of Ohio. Forming one of the strongest front courts in the state, they have had a 33-7 record over the past two seasons.

“Michael is a hard-working player who is very dependable” said Massillon-Jackson head coach Tim Debevec. “He is a gym rat and has been a big part of our success. With his size and intangibles, his best basketball is in front of him!”

Mangas will study Finance while Zitney will be a Pre-Med major.

Zitney and Mangas will be part of a group that looks to replace a graduating class that went 126-16 and won two NAIA DII National Championships as well as advancing to a Final Four and making a Quarterfinal appearance. 




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