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Eric Peterson, Published May 02 2012

Dragons add a pair to men's basketball roster

MOORHEAD – Minnesota State Moorhead has added a well-known Minnesota basketball name and a Division I transfer to its men’s basketball program.

Orono (Minn.) High School senior Brady Wohler and Taylor Filipek – who is transferring from Eastern Kentucky – have both verbally committed to the Dragons.

“I decided that Moorhead would be the ideal place for me to work on my game and get better,” said Wohler, who averaged 20.4 points per game in his senior season at Orono.

Brady Wohler is the son of Barry Wohler, who is considered one of the top all-around prep athletes in Minnesota history.

Barry was an all-state basketball, football and baseball player in high school. He helped Bird Island-Lake Lillian to back-to-back state boys basketball titles in 1980 and ’81. He also played on back-to-back state title football teams.

Barry played basketball and baseball at the University of Minnesota for two years and also played two years of basketball at St. Cloud State.

“I think Moorhead was very persistent and very patient,” said Barry, who also played baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. “As his dad I’m very excited about him going there. I think Coach (Chad) Walthall has MSUM on the rise.”

During his junior season at Orono, Brady Wohler helped Orono to a Minnesota Class 3A state title with his dad as head coach. The 6-foot-4 guard finished his career with 1,370 points, ranking him second in school history. Brady is the Orono career assists leader.

Filipek, from Willmar, Minn., is a 6-foot-6 forward who spent the last two seasons at Eastern Kentucky. Filipek said the chance to play closer to home was one of the factors in his decision to transfer. Filipek also considered Southwest Minnesota State.

Filipek has two years of eligibility remaining and is eligible immediately.

Taylor’s brother, Ryan Filipek, plays football at Concordia.

“I’m just excited to join the team,” said Filipek, who played in 56 games in two seasons at Eastern Kentucky. “I hope I can contribute and bring some success to the team.”

The Wohler and Filipek commitments bring the current MSUM recruiting class to six players.

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