Three Players Set To Join Yale Roster This Fall
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach Of Men's Basketball, will welcome three freshmen to Yale this fall. Michael Grace (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Sam Martin (West Warwick, R.I.) and Austin Morgan (Reno, Nev.) each bring strong credentials to New Haven.
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2013:
Michael Grace • G • 6-0 • 180 • Winston-Salem, N.C. • Mt. Tabor HS
An all-state selection as a senior at Mt. Tabor after averaging 19.6 points, 8.4 assists and 4.3 steals... Scored more than 1,000 points in his career... McDonald's All-America nominee... Selected to play in the NCCA East-West All Star game... Two-time all-region and all-district selection... Earned all-conference honors three times... Named the most valuable player of the Frank Spencer Holiday Tournament... Helped lead Mt. Tabor to the NCHSAA 4A state championship as a senior... Team won two league championships during his career... High school teammate of C.J. Harris and Brooks Godwin, who both play at Wake Forest... Played AAU for the North Carolina Raptors and North Carolina Fire... Father, Michael, played at North Carolina-Asheville and still holds the school's record for assists in a season.
"Yale was the perfect situation for me to thrive as an athlete but not at the expense of my academics. Yale will provide me with the opportunity to progress as a person and a player."
Says Coach Jones: "Mike is a pure point guard with outstanding leadership qualities. He has a great understanding of the game and endless potential."
Sam Martin • G • 6-3 • 195 • West Warwick, R.I. • Worcester Academy
Named the most valuable player of the New England Prep School All Star game in March after scoring 21 points and adding five assists and three steals... Selected as the 15th best shooter in New England by the New England Recruiting Report... Played in the Greater Boston All Star game following his junior year at Worcester Academy... Helped Worcester Academy earn a No. 14 national ranking in Scouts.com prep school poll... Worcester Academy's valedictorian... Played for the Rhode Island Hawks AAU team.
"I selected Yale because I wanted to play college basketball at a high level while also getting a first class education."
Says Coach Jones: "Sam comes from the school of hard knocks. He is a great team player who makes everyone around him better."
Austin Morgan • G • 5-11 • 185 • Reno, Nev • Reno HS
Reno High School's all-time leading scorer with 2,046 points... Two-time all-state selection... Averaged 22 points, five rebounds and four assists as a senior... 2009 Reno Gazette 4A Northern Player of the Year... 2009 High Desert League Player of the Year... 2008 Sierra League Player of the Year... Two-time Sierra League first team selection... Helped lead Reno to two state championships and two Nevada northern regional titles... Played for the Las Vegas Prospects AAU team... Grandfather, Mel Nowell, played basketball at Ohio State, which made three straight appearances in the NCAA Championship game, and was a teammate of Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek and Bob Knight.
"I chose Yale for the opportunity to learn from the best in the classroom and on the basketball court. Coach Jones and his loyalty to the school and his players made a significant impression on me."
Says Coach Jones: "Austin is a tough, aggressive player with tremendous shooting ability. He will be called upon to play the point and shooting guard positions."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity