M. BASKETBALL SIGNS POTTS JR. TO NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT
HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Fairleigh Dickinson men's basketball program will add Earl Potts Jr. to its Class of 2018 recruiting class, Head Coach Greg Herenda announced Tuesday. Potts Jr is the fifth member of a class that already includes Devine Eke, Darian Anderson, Terrell Baggley and Marques Townes.
"I am very excited about Earl joining our program," Herenda said. "Earl is a great fit for our style of basketball and for the great education that he will receive here at Fairleigh Dickinson."
Potts Jr. is a 6-6, 195-pound combo guard who just completed a year of prep school at Coastal Academy in Belmar, N.J. He was named to the 2014 National Prep School Invitational All-Tournament Team after constructing several nice games, including a 27-point, 11-rebound effort while averaging 20.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game over two contests.
"Earl is not only an incredible athlete, but he is very skilled and will add another dimension to our front court," Herenda said. "We are really happy to receive his commitment."
Before playing at Coastal Academy, Potts Jr played four seasons at Archbishop Spalding High School in his hometown of Severn, Md. He averaged 17.8 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 blocks per game during his senior season en route to being named the Capital Gazette Communications Boys Basketball Player of the Year, First Team All-County and First Team All-Baltimore Catholic League. Potts Jr. also led the No. 5 Cavaliers to a 22-12 record and appearances in the BCL title game, a third-place finish in the A Conference and a semifinals appearance in the A playoffs. He was also tabbed Second Team All-BCL as a junior after averaging 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while earning the Cokey Robertson Award for being the most improved player.
Recently completed a postgraduate year at Coastal Academy in central N.J. ... Split time between between St. John the Baptist in West Islip, N.Y. and Our Savior New American in Centerreach, N.Y. for high school ... Averaged 23 points and six assists while he served as team captain at both his high school and Coastal Academy from 2011-13 ... excelled during high school showcases, most notably The Fall High School Showcase held at the Hoop Group Headquarters in Neptune, N.J. He scored a combined 54 points in two victories over top competition and ended up as the showcase's leading scorer after day one of the two-day tournament ... Jake Brahney, the author of the Hoop Group tournament recap at the Hoop Group website tabbed him as one of the showcase's "Top Performers," as he was listed with nine other players ... Jason Bernstein of the Star Ledger also selected Little as an All-Prep second-team player
Son of Kris and Kevin Little ... Has two brothers and two sisters ... His sister Jessica plays college basketball at C.W. Post.
MEN’S BASKETBALL ADDS ALEX THOMAS
Towson University men's basketball coach Pat Skerry announced the signing of forward Alex Thomas to a national letter of intent to attend the University and begin playing for the Tigers in 2015-16.
The 6-9 forward will join the Tigers after spending a post-grad year at Coastal Academy, playing for head coach Ian Turnbull. Thomas played his high school ball at Hawthorne Christian Academy in New Jersey. He averaged 17.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game as a senior, and finished his career with 1,576 points, 1,043 rebounds and 292 blocks.
"We are thrilled to welcome Alex Thomas to the Towson basketball family and campus community," said Skerry. "Alex is a versatile front court player who possess a soft scoring touch and the ability to protect the basket on the defensive end. He comes from a great family, has played for excellent coaches and we are excited about the contributions he will make to our program."
Thomas played for head coach Jimmy Salmon and the nationally recognized New Jersey Playaz AAU team. He played a pivotal role in their success in winning the highly regarded 2014 Nike Peach Jam Tournament. He pulled down five rebounds and blocked two shots in the championship game.
The Tigers open the 2014-15 season Friday evening at Alabama. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. and can be seen live on SEC Network Plus.
Men's Basketball Signs Issac Vann
ORONO, Maine – University of Maine men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh announced today that Issac Vann (Stratford, Conn./Coastal Academy) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Maine and play basketball.
“Issac is a high character kid who will thrive in a high-accountability environment and fit our culture very well,” said Walsh. “He is a tremendous athlete who plays with high energy and really excels in the open court. He has the ability to be an elite defender in our league, and his approach really fits the aggressive, attacking style that we want to play. We are excited that Issac wants to be a Black Bear. “
Vann is a 6-5 small forward who played last season for Coastal Academy in Neptune, New Jersey. While at Coastal, Vann averaged 23 points, six rebounds and four assists per game while leading the postgraduate team to a 24-15 record.
Prior to Coastal Academy, Vann played at Bunnell High School in Stratford, Conn., where he averaged over 24 points and 11 rebounds a game. He left as the Bunnell’s all-time leading scorer with 1,468 career points. He led Bunnell to the SWC Boys basketball championship in March of 2014 before heading to Coastal Academy.
The eligibility of all student-athlete is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Coastal Academy Basketball 1st Half Vs St Benedicts
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Plainfield's Plummer Commits To Felician Men's Basketball
UTHERFORD, N.J. – Taylor Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./Plainfield), a 2012 graduate of Plainfield High School, has signed an athletic financial aid agreement to continue his basketball career at Felician College, Felician head men's coach David DeFerrari announced today.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Last year's Golden Falcons reached the quarterfinals of the CACC Tournament en route to an overall won-lost record of 12-15. Felician tips off the 2013-14 campaign at a four-team tournament hosted by the University of Bridgeport on Nov. 9-10, with the home opener coming against Post University on Nov. 26.
Plummer spent 2012-13 playing for the Central Jersey Each One Teach One Academy (CJEOTO) postgraduate program. The previous season, his Plainfield squad went 30-4, won Union County and Group 3 state titles, and was ranked second in the state by the recruiting website NJ Hoops. Plummer was selected to the NJ Hoops All-Non Starters First Team and the Courier News All-Sixth Man Team.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard/forward played his first three scholastic seasons at St. Patrick High of Elizabeth.
"We are very happy that Taylor will be joining our basketball family at Felician," said DeFerrari, entering his fifth season. "He is a skilled, versatile player who will fit well into our system. More importantly, he is a person of high character who will display the values of Felician College. I am looking forward to coaching him for the next four years."
Plummer joins incoming freshman guards Timothy Massado (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) and Damiun Moore (Manchester, N.J./Manchester Township), who committed to the Golden Falcons earlier this summer, as members of the Golden Falcon men's basketball Class of 2017. Massado and Plummer were teammates last season at CJEOTO.
A member of the National Honor Society, Plummer intends to major in business administration at Felician. Fall semester classes for traditional undergraduate students begin on August 28.
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Parris Ridgeway-Higgs to Join Men's Basketball Team for 2013-14
WILMINGTON, Del. – Parris Ridgeway-Higgs has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Goldey-Beacom College and play on the Lightning men's basketball team, it has been announced by Coach Chuck Hammond.
A four-time All-Blue Hen Conference selection at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, Higgs earned all-state honors twice while helping Hodgson Vo-Tech win three Flight B conference championships and a pair of overall Blue Hen Conference titles. He also helped the Silver Eagles to the state tournament four times, including a semifinal berth during his junior season.
As a four-year starter for Coach Ed Sobocinski, the New Castle, Del. native also scored over 1,000 points in his scholastic career and earned Honor Roll notice as a senior. The Lightning are slated to open their 2013-14 season on Nov. 8 at the Daemen College Tournament against Roberts Wesleyan College.