Men’s Basketball Announces 2013-14 Freshman Class

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's men's basketball program has announced that six players will make up the 2013-14 freshman class. The group will join the roster of an Engineer squad that finished 20-6 in 2012-13 and tied for first-place in the final New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference standings. MIT was also selected for a slot in the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament, the fifth straight appearance in the tourney by the Engineers.

"We feel this is a very talented group who will represent our program as excellent students, high quality basketball players and contributing members to the MIT Community," remarked Larry Anderson, the David H. Koch '62 Head Men's Basketball Coach at MIT. "This class of recruits comes from five different states and from very successful high school and AAU programs. They have a good understanding of what it takes to be successful and will bring extremely important qualities of strong leadership, highly competitive spirit and a tireless work ethic to our MIT basketball family. What is special about this group is that they take great pride in playing together and with a high basketball IQ."

MIT Men's Basketball 2013-14 Freshman Class

Tim Butala (6-8, 225, Monroe, Conn. Fairfield College Prep): Three-time letterwinner in basketball … all-state selection … two-time all-conference pick … all-area … team MVP … team finished second in the state tournament twice … National Honor Society … Business Club President … AP Scholar with Distinction.

Hunter Gatewood (6-5, 190, Tomball, Texas, Concordia Lutheran): First team all-state selection … twice a second team all-state pick … four all-district selections … three-time team MVP … defensive mvp … twice named a MaxPreps "watched player" … National Honor Society … class president … National Merit Scholarship.

Tim Higgins (6-10, 225, Great Falls, Va., Paul VI Catholic): Three letters in basketball … two time All-WCAC honorable mention … German Honor Society … Valedictorian … honor roll every semester.

Garrett House (6-4, 200, Lathrup Village, Mich., The Roeper School): Three-time letterwinner in basketball … first team All-MIAC in 2013 … second team All-MIAC in 2012 … team captain … helped lead his team to a pair of district championships … also lettered in cross country and track and field … forensics … 2013 Student Athlete of the Year … National Achievement Scholarship Recipient … National Society of High School Scholars.

Phillip Ou (6-3, 190, Rosemead, Calif., Polytechnic School): Four letters in basketball … coach's award … team reached the semifinals of the CIF tournament twice … also played volleyball … Cum Laude … chief online editor of student newspaper … National AP Scholar … Whitney Scholar … National Merit Scholar.

Dakota Pierce (6-3, 190, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Thousand Oaks High School): Three letters in basketball … varsity MVP … All-Marmonte League … All-Ventura County … All-CIF Southern Section … four-year scholar athlete … County Scholar Athlete of the Year … team was a two-time CIF Southern Section semifinalist … Church Youth Group President … Eagle Scout … Contemporary Festival Piano Gold Medalist … State Certificate of Merit Level 9 Pianist … Valedictorian.