All Five Recruits Scored At Least 1,000 Points In High School
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – One of the challenges facing James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, for the upcoming season is replacing Alex Zampier, who graduated as one of the most prolific scorers in recent memory. Fortunately Jones will welcome a strong recruiting class full of scorers to New Haven this fall to help fill that void. Will Bartlett (New York, N.Y.), Jesse Pritchard (Ames, IA), Isaiah Salafia (Cromwell, CT), Greg Kelley (Newton, MA) and Jeremiah Kreisberg (Berkeley, CA) all scored at least 1,000 points in their high school careers.
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2014:
Will Bartlett F 6-6 200 New York, N.Y. Collegiate School
Before Yale: A 1,500-point scorer at the Collegiate School… Three-time first team all-league selection… Two-time Class B Basketball Coaches Association of New York Player of the Year… Named MVP of New York State Federation Championship as a junior and senior, becoming the first back-to-back winner in state history… Averaged a team-best 17.5 points as a senior… Also led team in rebounds and blocks… Selected first team All-Manhattan by the New York Daily News and NY Post… Team captain as a senior… Helped Collegiate to 106 victories, which tied for the most in a four-year stretch in school history… Played for the New Heights AAU team which is coached by former Yale player Ted Smith.
Personal: Worked as an intern at New Heights Youth Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop student-athletes by offering inner-city youth the opportunity to play high-level basketball and provide them with academic support and college placement assistance… Oldest sister, Hilary, plays tennis at Princeton (Class of 2012) and was the 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year… Son of Kerri and Richard Bartlett… Father is a Yale Law School graduate and was a three-sport varsity athlete at Princeton.
"I chose Yale because it offers me the best combination of outstanding academics and highly competitive athletics. I have great respect for Yale's program and was excited by the opportunity to become a part of it."
Coach Jones says: Will is a versatile forward with tremendous foot work and desire. He is a two-time state champion who will bring a winning attitude to our program."
Greg Kelley F 6-8 215 Newton, Mass. Newton North HS
Before Yale: Massachusetts Division 1 South Player of the Year as a senior at Newton North High School… Bay State Conference Most Valuable Player… Three-year first team all-conference selection… Named to Boston Herald Dream Team… Newton North's second all-time leading scorer with 1,420 career points… Averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds as a senior and 18 points and 10 rebounds as a junior… First team all state academic selection… Earned All Scholastic honors from Boston Globe and Boston Herald… Helped lead Newton North to four conference titles… Played for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, which won three New England and super regional championships… Teammates with BABC included UConn's Alex Oriakhi and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, Missouri's Phil Pressey and Providence's Gerard Coleman and Ron Giplaye.
Personal: Participated in MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) at Newton North… Member of the Newton Youth Commission… Cousin, Holden Mobley, plays basketball at Belmont University (Class of 2014)… Son of Page Kelley and Greg Mobley.
"I selected Yale because of its prestigious academic tradition and for the chance to play Division I basketball in a competitive league that's on the rise."
Coach Jones says: Greg is a skilled post player with three-point range. He is a strong rebounder and will add much-needed depth to our front court."
Jeremiah Kreisberg C/F 6-9 235 Berkeley, Calif. Head-Royce School
Before Yale: Two-time BCL East League Most Valuable Player at the Head-Royce School… Earned California Division 5 all-state recognition as both a junior and senior… Averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks as a senior and 22 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks as a junior… McDonald's All-America nominee… Helped lead Head-Royce to the quarterfinals of the state tournament for the first time in school history in his senior year… Team won school-record 27 games in both his junior and senior seasons… Recipient of the Coaches Cup award for most outstanding athlete at Head-Royce… Played for the Drew Gooden Soldiers AAU team… Won a silver medal for Team USA at the 2009 Maccabiah Games.
Personal: Volunteer intern for Sungevity, a residential solar company… Volunteered for the World Affairs Council… Earned all-league recognition in volleyball… Son of Joel Kreisberg and Jennifer Cobb.
I chose Yale because I want to win an Ivy League championship and get an unparalleled education."
Coach Jones says: Jeremiah is a center/forward with great hands and feet. He has three-point range and great moves at the basket. He gained valuable experience last summer in Israel at the Maccabiah Games."
Jesse Pritchard G 6-5 215 Ames, Iowa Blair Academy
Before Yale: Did a prep year at Blair Academy where he helped team to 19-7 overall record… First team all-state selection at Ames Senior High School… Earned all-conference recognition in each of his four years… Averaged 15 points, five rebounds and four assists… Helped lead Ames to 2009 state championship and four conference titles… Played for All-Iowa Attack AAU team.
Personal: Worked three years for youth and shelter services mentoring and tutoring at risk children… Son of Sam Pritchard and Batista Simpson.
"Yale was the best fit for me athletically and academically. No other school in the country offers what Yale does, and I couldn't turn it down."
Coach Jones says: Jesse is a very good three-point shooter with toughness and plays the game the right way. He will play both guard positions and maybe some power forward."
Isaiah Salafia G 6-3 185 Cromwell, Conn. Cromwell HS
Before Yale: Second leading scorer in Cromwell High School history with more than 1,500 career points… Three-time first team all-state selection… McDonald's All-America nominee as a senior… 2009 Shoreline Conference Player of the Year… Earned first team all-conference honors three times… Leading scorer on 2009 Connecticut Class S state championship team… Twice named the most valuable player of the Liberty Bank Tournament… Two-time Hartford Courant "Fab Fifteen" selection… Named first All-Area three times by the Middletown Press… 2008 Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp MVP… Played for the Connecticut Basketball Club AAU program.
Personal: Played in the high school gymnasium named for his grandfather, Jake Salafia, one of the most successful boys' high school basketball coaches in Connecticut history, who won seven state championships… Son of Steve and Trish Salafia.
"With Yale's unparalleled academic prestige, beautiful campus and the opportunity to play Division I basketball close to home, Yale was the perfect fit for me. I was so impressed with everyone that I met associated with Yale that it felt like a perfect place for my college home."
Coach Jones says: Isaiah is the most athletic recruit in the class. He was a great high school scorer who has all the tools to be a special player, especially when he adds strength and size."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity