Salle College High School’s 6-3 point guard Amar
Stukes has committed to La Salle. Stukes said “I
am glad that I will be getting a chance to play so close to home
in front of my family, but really, I am really excited to play
for Coach G (coach John Giannini) in the Big 5,” Stukes
said. “Some of the best basketball players, not just to
come out of this city but to play in the NBA, played for a Big
5 school. To me, that was really what got me.” He
chose La Salle over Drexel, Binghamton and Fairfield among others.
Stukes is already starting a muscle-building program to prepare
for the rigors of college basketball.
Former University of Delaware point guard Khalid Lewis has decided
to transfer to La Salle. He will most likely be eligible for 2013-14 season.
Garland, 6-1 Guard, gave his commitment to La Salle as a transfer.
will be eligible for the second semester next year. He played
3 semesters for the Virginia Tech Hokies averaging 3.1 points
in very limited action. He will get more court time for the Explorers
who lose Earl Pettis after this season.
In High School Tyrone was a four-year letter winner at John Bartram High School
under coach James Brown. Garland scored 2,198 career points, third-most in Philadelphia
Public League history. He was a first team All-City selection by the Philadelphia
Daily News and a first team All-State selection in Class AAAA by the Associated
Press as a junior and senior.
a 6-9 260 lb. senior center at Garfield Heights High (Ohio).
Davis will play basketball at La
Salle University starting in the fall of 2012.
Davis clogs the lane and is consistently good at pulling down boards from both
ends of the court. He can pass or score
out of the high or low post on offense. Davis is working on his defense.
Davis chose the Explorers over Toledo,
Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan and
North Illinois among
6-10 center Garvin Hunt, a former Penn
player, will have one year of eligibility with the Explorers.
Brown, a 6-5 Forward, graduated from East Catholic
High School in Manchester, CT. Rohan
played well this summer with
a strong showing with his Connecticut Select
squad. He is a high-energy player who plays solid defense
and is a rebounding machine. He has been
playing prospects in New England this summer. He is also
a high volume rebounder, versatile defender, and creates
problem on the offensive end.
standout guard Ramon Galloway has transferred
to La Salle. He played two seasons at South Carolina,
averaging 10.7 points a game in his second year.
Ramon has two seasons of eligibility remaining and will be
eligible to play for La Salle starting this fall as the
NCAA accepted his hardship case.
wanted to attend school and play basketball near
his family in Philadelphia.
the third-leading scorer for South Carolina last season.
Peterson has given a solid verbal to Coach John
is from Lee Academy Prep in Maine and will be eligible
to join the team for the fall semester. D.J.
chose La Salle over Fresno State and Rhode Island among
He is originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota.
at 6-5, is very versatile as he can play three different
positions (PG, SG and SF) at both
ends of the court. Offensively
he can shoot both long-range and inside, pass,
and ball-handle. He is very intense defensively. He wants
to be an impact player for the Explorers for the next 4
Wright is a 6-7, 240-pound Power Forward from Murrell
Dobbins Tech and one of the top players in Philadelphia for the
class of 2011.
Giannini and assistants Horace "Pappy" Owens (Dobbins
star, Class of 1979) and Harris Adler were
at the press conference. Wright was accompanied by his father, Gerald
Wright, Dobbins coach William Johnson and
his AAU coach Gregory Wright, with Hunting
found the school I love and now I can focus on getting ready
for the next level" said Wright. He said he made a number
of unofficial visits to La Salle and always felt a "special
connection." Also, he has already begun to bond with a
pair of guards, Neumann-Goretti's Tyreek Duren and Sam
Mills, from Florida, who will be freshman members
of the Explorers' program this fall. Coach
Giannini said that Wright has a great upside and that he'd
be a great fit in the La Salle program. Wright chose La Salle
over Temple, Saint Joseph's, West Virginia, Drexel and Niagara.
Steve Zack is a 6-foot-11
240 lb, senior center from Red Land High, has committed to
play basketball for La Salle University. Zack
led his school (located in Lewisberry, PA) to the Mid-Penn
Conference Keystone Division championship last
season. He averaged 14
points and 8.5 rebounds as the Patriots went 24-6.
Red Land coach Scott
Slayton said. "He can catch and finish or create moves for
himself. He's been the foundation of our defense for the
past three seasons. He's also a very good student."
Steve plans to study business management at La Salle.
"I chose La
Salle because I like Coach John Giannini and his staff, and I felt it offered
me the best future playing basketball," Zack
said. He chose La Salle over George Mason, Bucknell, Cornell and Penn
a 6-3, 200-pound Shooting Guard from Minnetonka
(Minnesota) HS. He was also a McDonald’s All-American game
nominee at Minnetonka High School. Cole is a top-notch free throw shooter
and has NBA 3-point range. Cole can dribble penetrate and
has become a good defender over the past couple of seasons.
“He is an excellent shooter, a good athlete and a smart, unselfish
player,” coach John Giannini said. “He comes from a great family
and will be a positive addition to our program and the
La Salle community.”
Cole averaged 19 points per game as a junior and 19.3 ppg as a senior. Stefan
was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for Minnetonka,
which won the Minnesota
State Championship in 2008. He chose La Salle over Auburn, USC, Northern
Iowa among others.
Sam Mills is a 6-3, 190 pound guard from
Cardinal Gibbons High in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mills
is ranked as a top 25 guard in the nation by some scouting
services. He will begin play for La Salle in the 2010-11
signing makes La Salle (Tyreek Duren joins Mills) and Duke
as the only two teams in NCAA to sign two of the top 35
is a great addition to our program and is a highly talented
guard with a great work ethic and a very impressive academic
record. He received
recruiting attention from various basketball powers as
well as elite academic institutions. He saw an opportunity
to make an immediate impact on a talented team at La Salle" said
coach Dr. John Giannini.
He chose La Salle over Auburn,
Florida State, Georgia Tech, Marshall, and
Tulane among others.
Tyreek Duren is
a 6-1, 185 pound point guard from Neumann-Goretti High School. Tyreek
has improved his all-around game in the past year.
Tyreek has added the 3-point shot to his skill
set. Duren is a complete offensive player and is very fast
on the defensive end. He is a "floor general" who
demands a lot from his teammates as he knows how to win.
Several scouting services have him ranked in the top 25 nationally
for 2010 point guards. He chose La Salle over
Pettis played at
Rutgers for two seasons but was "unhappy" there.
is a 6-foot-5 swingman (can play both small forward and
shooting guard positions) who was granted his release
by Rutgers. Last year he averaged 4.6 points and 2.5 rebounds
31 games."I want to be a part of the LaSalle program
and help it. I think Coach John Giannini cares about his
players, and I like
style of play."
Matt Lopez, a 6-10
220 lb Center, from Washington Township NJ HS has given a
verbal to LaSalle. Lopez
averaged 13 points and eight rebounds last season as a junior.
"La Salle was there from the beginning,
even when I wasn't the best player around," said Lopez. "About
90 percent of the recruitment came from coach Giannini himself
while most other schools had an assistant coach recruiting
me." There is a possibility that Matt could redshirt
to work on muscle development. He lost 80 pounds in the past
year and is now working on strength and flexibility. He chose
LaSalle over UNC-Greensboro, James
Madison, Old Dominion and Delaware among others.
John Giannini landed
a major big man when 6-11, 265 lb,
center Aaric Murray gave his commitment to LaSalle.
is a top 10 center in the nation (top 35 overall) from
the Class of 2009 according to many of the scouting services.
averaged 19 points, 11
and 2 blocks last season at Glen Mills. Murray wanted
to stay in Philly and play in front of his friends and family.
He is the highest ranked recruit to attend a non-BCS
am so comfortable with La Salle, it is a real good fit for
me socially, academically and athletically," said
Murray. "Of all the schools that were
recruiting me, in my heart, La Salle was it for me. The coaches,
the players and the school just made me feel like I belong
chose LaSalle over Saint Joe’s,
Temple, Villanova, Rutgers, Marquette and West Virginia.
Murray signed his LOI.
Grant has accepted a scholarship to attend La Salle
a 6-2 point guard who led his high school team (Imhotep
Charter ) to the state PIAA Class AA title last season.
In fact, Parrish has been a contributor to 3 teams that
won state titles during his high school career. "Out of the guys
La Salle was checking out, they said they liked me the
best and they offered me a scholarship.
I took it and I will be starting classes there this fall.
I am very happy about this. Very happy."
both an inside game and has developed good range from
beyond the arc. He definitely is looking forward to hitting
the weight room and gaining some bulk as he is a thin
Carey gave a verbal
commitment to La Salle University.
a 6-4 high-scoring combo guard, committed to the Explorers
one week after taking an official visit. "The players and the coaches
and everything was nice up there," Carey
said of LaSalle. He also liked the suburban feel of the
campus. Carey said he will sign a LOI.
led Colonial Beach High School to the Group A, Division
1 state championship this
past season. He scored 884 points which is the
third-highest single season total (29.5 ppg) in Virginia
High School League history. "T.T. will definitely be a very
successful person and player at the next level," Colonial Beach
head coach Steve Swope said. "All
of us from our town wish him nothing but the best. He is
carrying the torch for us." Carey finished his
high school career with 2,481 points. He also averaged
9.6 rebounds per game this past season.
PF/C Devon White brings a power scoring game
and tenacious defense to LaSalle. Devon
led Strawberry Mansion HS to the PIAA
Class AA championship game against Jeanette HS.
White is a shot blocker who also scores near the basket
and grabs almost every board. He powered his way to 11.6
points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game as a senior.
fills the need of a post presence
for the Explorers. He is very athletic and is coachable.
He said he never really lifted weights but is willing
to do so under the supervision of the Explorer
coaching staff. "I knew as soon as I signed
this letter that I'd be getting in the weight room
at La Salle,
looking to get stronger and better" said Devon. White
slected La Salle over Nebraska, Robert Morris and
Niagara among others.
red-shirted in 2008-09 season.
a 6-8 SF has selected La Salle. His older twin
brother, Jerrell, also a 6-8 SF has decided to join
him at La Salle. Both will play their senior high school
season at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield,
year. Both were former teammates of Kimmani Barrett
at Paterson Catholic. "La Salle was the perfect fit for me," Jerrell
are tough defenders who also like to rebound and
run the floor. They are "slasher" type scorers right
now but are working on their mid-range shot this
year. They both chose La Salle over UMass, Rhode Island,
Seton Hall, Marquette and Utah among others.
a 6-4, 190 pound Guard from Germantown Academy in Fort
Washington, PA. Griffin had officially visited the
La Salle campus in late September. Kyle
is a sharp shooting combo guard who has great instincts
for the game. He chose
La Salle over Xavier, Bucknell and Siena among others.
||6-9 junior Vernon
Goodridge has transferred to La Salle from
Mississippi State and will be eligible to compete for the Explorers
beginning with the 2008-09 season. Coach John Giannini
added, "he is extremely athletic and can run
the court. I expect him to be an elite shot blocker, rebounder
defender. I expect him to have an immediate impact in our program
and on the Atlantic 10."
Partin, a 6-5 Guard from Charis Prep in
Goldsboro NC, has commited to the Explorers. He was a second-team
all state guard his senior year at Sanderson high school.
He chose the Explorers over Fordham, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Miami
and East Carolina among others.
is La Salle’s most productive recruiting class in
the last 25 years. Top 20 Recruiting Class in the
according to some scouting services.
Ruben Guillandeaux, 6-6 SG/PG, from Saint
Patrick's in Elizabeth NJ,
completes the 2006 recruiting class. Ruben is an excellent
who can run the point.
Ruben has a great understanding of the game. He is a teammate
Member of NJ State
Champion Team. He chose La Salle over USC, Boston College,
Providence, Marquette, Seton Hall and Rhode Island.
Brian Grimes, 6-7 F, was a Germantown Academy standout
prior to going to prep school at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro,
New Hampshire this year. Some compare his style similar to that
of Steven Smith. Jim Fenerty, the coach at
Germantown Academy, said "Brian is one of those guys who
is a fierce competitor. He's got a nice shot from 17 feet in.
He rebounds real well and he is very athletic."
Brian chose La Salle over Boston College, George Washington,
Virginia, and Richmond.
Yves Mekongo-Mbala, 6-7 SF, from Saint Patrick's of
Elizabeth, NJ (2nd team all-state). He is an outstanding student. Mbala
is very athletic and has explosive leaping ability. A great
finisher on offense. One of the leaders on NJ State
Championship Team. Yves
has selected La Salle over Saint Joseph's, Rhode Island, San
Francisco, Fairfield and Kent State.
Barrett, 6-5 G/F, from Paterson Catholic NJ (2nd
team all-state) has chosen La Salle.
is the 2005
News Boys Basketball Player of the Year. "I'm a firm believer
of go where you are really wanted," Paterson Catholic
head coach Tommie Patterson. "They (LaSalle) are not
going to define his position. They are going to let him play
from the shooting guard to the small forward. This is great
for him because his best attribute is he's so versatile."
Kimmani chose LaSalle over Seton Hall, St. John's, DePaul,
Marquette and West Virginia.
6-5 guard, of Prep Charter High School in Philadelphia (1st team
all- area and 1st team all-state) has given his commitment to
La Salle. Philadelphia Public League Player of the Year. Led Prep
Charter to PA Class AA State
a player, "he's a top-notch finisher," Prep Charter
coach Dan Brinkley said. Rodney chose La Salle over George Washington
and Rhode Island.
2005 Spring Recruits
Explorers received a commitment from 6-6 forward Paul
from Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC. 2005 Washington DC
Gatorade Player of the Year. Paul averaged 17 pts and 8 boards
per game as a senior.
Taylor is a 17 year old 6-4 (and growing) guard who left
Siena after one semester. He will be eligible in December 2005 and
have four seasons of eligibility. He can practice with the team
Taylor is a Philadelphia product having played at West Catholic
and earning Second-Team all-City and First-Team all-Catholic League
honors by averaging 20 points per game during his senior year.
2004-05 Incoming Freshmen
Explorers have signed 6-2 guard Darnell Harris
from St. Frances H.S. in Baltimore.
Darnell was one of the best guards in the Baltimore Catholic League
this season. Harris averaged 19.5 points to go along with four
rebounds and four assists. He is an excellent shooter.
"Darnell was a great player for us,” St. Frances Assistant
Coach Orlando "Bino" Ranson told MdVarsity.com this
week. "I think he'll do very well at LaSalle. Darnell was
also recruited by Fordham, Siena, Rhode Island...most of the Atlantic
10 was interested in him. He is very athletic, quick and a great
leaper. He is a shooter and a scorer, but he is also a complete
Ranson said "Darnell might play both shooting guard and some
point guard in college."
LaSalle has signed 6-5
forward Sherman Diaz
New Jersey's Life Center.
Diaz is originally from Trinidad. Sherman averaged 18
points and 5 boards during his senior season. He
was selected as his high school's MVP in 2002-03.
Richard "Tabby" Cunningham,
a 5-8 point guard at St. John Neumann High, has signed on to become
an Explorer. La Salle was chosen by Tabby over Siena, Dayton,
and Central Connecticut among others.
is a very quick playmaking guard who distributes the ball very
just decided to stay home," Cunningham said of his decision.
"It was a great situation. And I have a great support system
at home." Tabby is a team guy and enjoys finding the "open
man" on the court.
2003-04 Incoming Freshmen
Neal is a 6-2 point guard who played high school ball
in Springfield, MA.
St. John is a 6-8 power forward from The River School
in Weston, MA. St. John is from Northboro, Massachussetts.
He played on a team which lost in the Division II state finals
as a junior.
players listed below are officially eligible for the 2002-03
guard Jermaine Thomas, (6'2") of Frederick Maryland
from Thomas Johnson High, was named Washington DC area high
school Player of the Year. Jermaine averaged 25.9
points, 7.1 assists and 7 rebounds per game. Led his high
school team to 25-2 record. Broke 9 school records, including
career points (1,973) and career assists (557). Tied school
single-game scoring record of 51 points.
Another newcomer next season will be Steven Smith, a 6'8"
forward, averaged 16.8 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists
per game in his senior season at Northeast High in Philadelphia.
He was named to both the All-Public League and All-City teams.
Lewis Fadipe is a 6'10" center from Nigeria. He is
a good rebounder and shot blocker.
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