Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Lakehead officially announces final recruit

We got our signals crossed with Coach Morrison on the last post about Lakehead, stating they would announce one more new recruit. In fact, Joe Jones recruiting news was already shared with us... here is today's Press Release..

Morrison's recruiting class finalized with Jones

Lakehead Athletics and Thunderwolves men’s basketball head coach Scott Morrison are pleased to announce the commitment of transfer guard Joe Jones of Washington, D.C. for the 2009-10 season.
Jones joins the Wolves after playing one season for Randolph “Benny” Edison at Howard College in Baltimore, MD.
A 6’2” athlete, Jones, finished his freshman season by helping the Dragons to a second place finish in the NJCAA Region 20 championships in March. For the season he averaged 12.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.75 assists and over one steal per game.
He was honoured for his clutch play in earning All-Tournament selections at both the Maryland JUCO Championship and the NJCAA Region 20 Championship.
“We are confident that we are getting a hard-working and versatile player with Joe,” said coach Morrison. “He comes to the gym with a competitive attitude and performs his best at crunch time.”
Now entering his sixth year as head coach at Howard, Edison was a CIS stand-out player for the Dalhousie University Tigers in the late 90s. He returned to his hometown of Baltimore in 2003 to enable other kids to get an education and to play university ball in Canada.
Since his graduation from Dalhousie in 2002, Edison has helped numerous players gain opportunities in Canada including Warren Thomas and Kiraan Posey, both former OUA all-stars with Lakehead, as well as former CIS All-Canadian Eric Breland of the Cape Breton Capers.
Coach Edison feels that his latest pupil will be a winner north of the border.
“Joe can help the team a number of ways. He finishes around the rim and in transition, can shoot the ball well when it counts, and most importantly will bring a toughness and competitiveness to the court every day,” Edison said. “He is a solid player, person, and student and I look forward to see him represent Lakehead the way he represented Howard this season.”
Jones finalizes what looks to be a strong recruiting class brought to Lakehead by coach Morrison and assistant coach Matt Erdman. He joins 6’0” NCAA transfer guard Cam Hornby of Winnipeg, 6’5” Blair Academy graduate Matthew Nagy of Bentonville, Arkansas, and 6’5” shooter Karl Rom from École de la Verendrye, Thunder Bay, Ont. in building the Wolves backcourt following several off-season loses.
The Wolves added interior depth with 6’6” post players Ryan Thomson of St. Thomas Aquinas, Oakville Ont., and Guelph transfer Sebastian Kasiuk. Anthony McIntosh, a 6’5” forward from St. Patrick’s, Ottawa, Ont., is an athletic inside-outside player who will be one of the top athletes in the conference before he graduates.
Morrison is anxious to get his new-look roster on the floor come September.
“We are very excited with the options we will have for the team next season and for the future. We expect a tough training camp and hope that translates into continued development for our new and returning players. I appreciate the effort that coach Erdman and the veteran players have put into our recruiting efforts and I encourage everyone to keep working and get ready to compete in the toughest conference in CIS basketball this season.”

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