Jones Welcomes Four In Class of 2017
All Bring Strong Credentials 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 four freshmen to New Haven this fall. Anthony Dallier, Sam Downey, AJ Edwards and J.T. Flowers each bring strong credentials.
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2017:
Northfield Mount Hermon
Before Yale: Most valuable player of the national prep championship at Northfield Mount Hermon… Played two seasons at Mount Hermon… Averaged 16.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 2012-13… Helped lead Mount Hermon to its first NEPSAC AAA championship and its first national prep championship… First team all-league selection… Played two seasons at North Allegheny Senior High School… Averaged 24.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists in his second year at North Allegheny… Set a school record by scoring 47 points in a game… Played with Ohio Basketball Club AAU team.
Personal: Son of Ralph and Toni Dallier.
Why Yale? "It's one of the most well regarded universities in the world. In addition, I really liked the coaches and felt I would be comfortable playing there. I thought it was the best decision for me both on and off the court."
Jones On Dallier: "Anthony had a tremendous final campaign at NMH. He does everything well and plays the game with passion and focus."
Lake Forest, Ill.
Lake Forest High School
Before Yale: All-state, all-conference, all-area selection at Lake Forest High School… County all-star and Chicago suburban all-star selection… Averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists… Helped Lake Forest to a 4A regional championship… Played for Fundamental U AAU team… AAU teammates included, Steven Cook (Princeton), Andrew McCauliffe (Davidson), Sean O'Brien (Southern Illinois), Brad Zaumseil (Miami, Ohio) and Quinten Payne (Ball State).
Personal: Worked for Open Lands doing environmental work during summers… Son of Karla and Dave Downey… Father rowed crew at Cornell… Grandfather was a basketball player at Lakeland College in Wisconsin.
Why Yale? "I loved the campus, people and prestige that surround the university."
Jones On Downey: "Sam has great size and skill. He's a hard worker and has shown the ability to score through contact."
South Kent School
Before Yale: Spent last year at South Kent School… Averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists at Roosevelt High School in Seattle… Led the league in three-point and free throw percentage… Two-time all-league selection… Helped lead Roosevelt to the district championship game as a senior… Named to all-tournament team at the Max Preps Tournament… Played for Washington Chaffey AAU team… Named to all-star team at the Pump Brothers camp.
Personal: Son of Gil and Connie Edwards… Father played football for one year at the University of Washington… Has a twin brother Jack and older brother Carter… Worked at food banks and homeless shelters in the Seattle area.
Why Yale? "I wanted to play at the highest level possible while attending one of the best schools in the world."
Jones On Edwards: "AJ is a very unselfish player who can shoot with range. He will help make up for the [graduation] loss of Austin Morgan and Sam Martin."
Choate Rosemary Hall
Before Yale: Second team All-New England selection last winter at Choate Rosemary Hall… Helped lead team to league championship and a berth in the New England championship game… Two-time first team all-state selection at Lincoln High School… Four-year contributor… Helped Lincoln to three league championships… Played AAU with ICP in the EYBL and Double Pump Elite of Los Angeles.
Personal: Son of Jeana Woolley and Billy Flowers… Grandmother Lu Lytle has been instrumental in his life… Regularly volunteered with Potluck in the Park, a meal service dedicated to feeding homeless people and others in need… Took a seven-day trip to New Orleans to participate in neighborhood clean-ups and helped renovate houses affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Why Yale? "It offers both an excellent education and an opportunity to compete at the highest level athletically. Additionally, the coaches were honest, straight-forward and genuinely invested in my best interest."
Jones On Flowers: "J.T. is an athletic wing who has range on his jumper and could prove to be a defensive stopper."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity