Five Players Headed To New Haven
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, will welcome five freshmen to New Haven this fall.
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2015:
St. Louis, Mo.
Ladue High School
Before Yale: First team all-conference and all-district selection as a senior at Ladue High School… Averaged 18.3 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks… Earned first team all-conference honors as a junior and was a second team all-district selection… Academic all-state selection as a senior… Helped Ladue to the 2011 Fox High School Tournament championship… Played for the St. Louis Eagles AAU team… Teammates with the Eagles included Brad Beal, who will play at Florida, Ben McLemore, who will play at Kansas and Roosevelt Jones, who will play at Butler in addition to Yale classmate Javier Duren.
Personal: Father John played basketball at Yale under Joe Vancisin… Volunteered at St. Louis chapter of Alzheimer's Foundation… Son of John Klein and Liz Childs.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I felt that it provided the best opportunities for me to excel athletically, but more importantly, to excel academically."
Coach Jones says: "At 6'11 Will will fight for minutes at the center position. He has a nice touch from the perimeter and is working hard to gain strength to compete at the college level."
New York, N.Y.
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Before Yale: Spent one year at Northfield Mount Hermon School and averaged eight points, eight rebounds and two steals... 2011 Game MVP of National Prep School Invitational at the University of Rhode Island… Averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds as a senior at Dalton School… 1,000-point scorer at Dalton… Named first team All Ivy Preparatory League in 2009-10… Played with the New York Panthers AAU team that was coached by Rafer Alston… Teammates with the Panthers included Sterling Gibbs, who plays at Texas, and J.J. Moore, who plays at Pittsburgh.
Personal: Served as a constituent liaison for then senator Hilary Clinton… Spent three weeks in Fiji during the summer following his freshman year of high school and taught underprivileged Fijian children how to read and write while also building a path in several villages… Son of Roxana Reid and Hunter Cotton.
Why Yale? "I committed to Yale because I didn't want to compromise my athletics for my academics or vice versa. Yale embodies everything that I am as a student-athlete. During my time at Yale, I know I'll be able to realize my goals in basketball and in life."
Coach Jones says: "Armani can play multiple positions and is a long wing who out works his opponent. He is a tough defender and will fight for minutes in our backcourt."
St. Louis, Mo.
Before Yale: Suburban West Conference Player of the Year as a senior at Oakville High School… Averaged 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists… Four-year starter… 1,000-point scorer… Three-time all-conference selection… Helped lead Oakville to three conference championships and second place finish in the state tournament in his junior year… Played with the St. Louis Eagles and TeamRameyBasketball AAU teams… AAU teammates included Florida's Brad Beal, Butler's Roosevelt Jones, Wisconsin Milwaukee's Shaquille Boga and Kansas's Ben McClemore as well as Yale classmate Will Childs-Klein.
Personal: Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club… Collected pillow cases to make clothing for burned children in Haiti… Son of Pierre and Ernestine Duren.
Why Yale? "I had a great relationship with the coaching staff at Yale. I believe Yale is a great opportunity for me, not only for basketball, but for academics. It's very exciting, and I'm grateful to God to have this opportunity."
Coach Jones says: "Javier is a long point guard who loves to push the ball and force action. He will compete for minutes at the point position."
Choate Rosemary Hall
Before Yale: NEPSAC first team selection last winter at Choate… 2010 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Stratford High School… CHSCA and New Haven Register state player of the year… Two-time all-state selection… Averaged 16 points, 14.5 rebounds and six blocks as a senior… Had six triple doubles… Holds the Stratford school record for blocked shots… Helped lead Choate to the NEPSAC Class A championship and Stratford to two state championships and a school-record 46 straight league victories… Played AAU with the Connecticut Basketball Club that advanced to the U17 semifinals in 2010.
Personal: Cousin Derek Sherrod was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers… Drummer for church choir… Volunteered with HYPE in Stratford where he mentored elementary school children… Son of Ricky and Cassandra Sherrod.
Why Yale? "I selected Yale because of its unparalleled academic tradition. It allows me to get a tremendous education and still be able to play Division I basketball."
Coach Jones says: "Brandon is a big strong power player that has tremendous athleticism and strength for an incoming freshman. He will add much needed depth to our front court."
Before Yale: Horace Greeley High School's all-time leading scorer (1,516 points) and rebounder (1,021 rebounds)… Averaged 28.8 points, 15.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 3.3 blocks as a senior… Three-time all-league, all-conference and all-section selection… Named to Class AA New York All-State third team… McDonald's All-America nominee… Con Edison Scholar-Athlete Award winner… Helped lead Horace Greeley to a pair of league championships… Played for the Westchester Hawks AAU team that finished fourth at nationals in 2009… Teammates with the Hawks included West Virginia's Jabarie Hinds, Lehigh's Conroy Baltimore and Marshall's Chris Martin.
Personal: Valedictorian at Horace Greeley High School… Helped raise more than $10,000 as the senior student executive for Horace Greeley's Scholarship Fund… Grandfather Chet Boulris played football and baseball at Harvard… Uncle Mark Boulris played football at Harvard and uncle Craig Boulris played baseball at Harvard… Son of Bob and Lori Townsend.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale for the opportunity to receive and outstanding education and compete at the Division I level."
Coach Jones says: "Matt is another power player that has great instincts. He rebounds in traffic and is never out worked. He too will add depth to our front court."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity