HARTFORD, Kan. - The Bethel Men's Basketball program is pleased to announce the signing of Danen Kistner, a current senior with at Hartford High School in Kansas. He is the son of Darren and Dana Kistner, and is also a member of the Kansas Triple Threat club basketball program.
During his career as a Hartford Jaguar, Kistner grew under the guidance of Head Coach Pat Gardner, a former Bethel basketball player himself.
"Coach Garnder is an old teammate of mine here at Bethel," explains Bethel Head Coach Tony Hoops. "He does a tremendous job preparting his players for the next level."
Kistner has raked in the accolades and recognition. The 6'1" guard averaged over 22 points a game during his four seasons, and nearly averaged a double-double by also grabbing over nine rebounds a game. These stats didn't go unnoticed, as he was named the "2013-14 Prep2Prep Kansas Freshman of the Year," multiple First-Team All-State selections, and three time unanimous First-Team All-Conference member.
Kistner wrapped up his prep career last Saturday in the 1-A State Championship game, where the Jaguars fell to Wallace County 69-54. He cracked 2,000 points scored during the postseason, and is now among the Top 20 scorers in the history of Kansas High School Basketball, putting his name among the likes of Perry Ellis and Connor Frankamp.
Kistner also excels in the classroom, as the future Communications major is a four-year member of Hartford's honor roll and is a four-time Academic All-Conference selection.
"I am very excited to be part of the Bethel Thresher family!" stated Kistner. "I can't wait to be on campus next year taking classes and playing basketball."
Coach Hoops had this to say about the signing of Kistner:
"Danen is a young man we feel very fortunate to have join our program. He comes from a great program at Hartford, having played in the state championship game the past two years. Danen is a winner and a tremendous scorer. He simply finds ways to win games with his leadership and scoring ability. We look forward to seeing him do the same here at Bethel."