Storm basketball announces 2009-2010 recruiting class

Lake Erie College head men’s basketball coach Cliff Hunt has announced the addition of 10 student-athletes to the program. The newcomers include four transfers and six freshmen.

“We really like the character of the guys coming into the program,” said Hunt. “This recruiting class is full of very talented players who are also unselfish players who come from winning programs,” he added. Because of the character of these student-athletes, Hunt hopes the team will mesh together more quickly than usual since there will be more new players on the team than returning players.
 
Lake Erie has recently been accepted as an active NCAA Division II member and will compete as an active member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) beginning the 2010-2011 academic year.
 
A brief capsule for each student-athlete in the 2009 recruiting class can be found below.
 
Joe Roberts (James Ford Rhodes High School/Alderson Broaddus College)
 
- 6’7” Forward
- Transfer from Alderson-Broaddus College
- All-State, All-District, MVP of the Senate
- McDonald’s All-American Nominee
- Black College All-Star Game MVP
- WVIAC Freshman Team All-League
 
Coach’s Comment:
Joe’s resume speaks for itself. As a proven NCAA DII performer, Joe will bring experience and leadership to our men’s basketball program. 
 
Jimmy Kerrigan (Midpark High School/Cuyahoga Community College)
- 6’8” Forward/Center
- Transfer from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)
- All-league, All-District in High School
- 18 points and 8 rebounds per game in high school
- 13 points and 5 rebounds per game at Tri-C
 
Coach’s Comment:
Jim was a highly-recruited player coming out of high school and brings strength, athletic ability and a great shooting touch to our front court. Jim has the great inside-outside ability that we like in our big guys.  
 
Brandon Smith (Bedford High School/Cuyahoga Community College)
- 6’3” Wing
- Transfer from Cuyahoga community College
- All-Lake Erie League, All-District in High School
- 18.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists per game in high school
- 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game at Tri-C
 
Coach’s Comment:
Brandon comes to Lake Erie as a sophomore having played just one year at Tri-C. Brandon can
play all the perimeter positions on offense and his understanding of the game is second to none that we saw play this year. 
 
Brendan McNabb (Open Door High School/Muskingum College)
- 6’ Guard
- Transfer from Muskingum College
- Honorable Mention All-Ohio, Ohio North-South Game in high school
- 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists per game in high school
 
Coach’s Comment:
Brendan had a stellar high school career leading his team to the District final and scoring
22 points per game. Brendan has a proven ability to shoot the ball and has a very high basketball IQ. 
 
Garrick Sims (Barberton High School)
- 6’8” Post/Forward               
- First Team All-Suburban League
- All District
- Team Co-Captain
- 13 points, 13 rebounds per game
 
Coach’s Comment:
Garrick comes from a great winning program where he was a mainstay in their defensive approach and has the ability to get his team easy baskets. Garrick has made tremendous progress in the last year with a great future. He is an outstanding addition to our team. 
                                                                                                                                               
Alex Davis (Nordonia High School)  
- 6’3” Point Guard      
- First Team all-league
- Named team MVP
- Greater Akron All-Star
- Greater Cleveland All-Star
- 12.4 points, 6 assists per game
 
Coach’s Comment:
Alex is a very good two-sport athlete who can guard full court and handle against pressure. He is a pass first point guard who can run a team. 
                                                                                                                                                           
Eric Worthey (CVCA High School)
- 6’5” Wing
- First Team all-league
- First Team All-District
- Special Mention All-Ohio
- 16.9 points, 7 rebounds per game
 
Coach’s Comment
Eric played post in high school but is a natural wing player who has good ball skills to go along with a good touch and a good feel for the game. Eric knows how to play and will adapt quickly to the college game. 
 
                                                                                                                                                           
Jordan Baker (Erie McDowell High School)
- 6’8” Post      
- 8 points, 4 rebounds per game
 
Coach’s Comment
Jordan flew under the radar because his team played a very low-scoring style, but Jordan has
good basketball instincts and habits. He has a very good shooting touch and will get even better at the college level. 
                                                                                                                                                           
Brandon Howell (Akron Kenmore High School)
- 6’4” Forward
- 5 points, 6 rebounds per game
 
Coach’s Comment
Brandon was a solid post player on a very good high school team. Brandon is a banger who will be comfortable in the more physical college game.  
                                                                                                                                                           
Excel McClain (Cleveland Benedictine High School)
- 6’4” Wing     
- 8.5 points, 6 rebounds per game
- Benedictine High School Coach’s Award
- Greater Cleveland All-Star
- Greater Cleveland Senior Showcase
 
Coach’s Comment
Excel played in one of the premier high school programs in Ohio and competed against some of the top talent in the state on a nightly basis. Excel brings good athleticism and a great attitude to our program.