PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head men's basketball coach Cliff Hunt announced the signings of four members of the Storm's 2011 recruiting class on Tuesday (May 24). The class is made up of three high school players and one transfer student, with three of the four coming from in-state.
"We're very pleased with this class and we feel we're bringing in four very talented student-athletes," said Hunt. "We had some areas of need, primarily with graduating two guards, and we were able to fill those areas and enhance our overall team depth."
The signees who will begin play for Lake Erie during the 2011-12 season are transfer guard and former local high school standout Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus), forward Jawuan Springs (Charlotte, N.C./Vance), guard/forward Ethan Adamczyk (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake) and guard Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee).
Tait, the 2009 News-Herald Player of the Year at Brush High School, averaged 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in 28 contests (seven starts) as a freshman at Alderson-Broaddus College last season. He shot 48 percent from the field and ranked fourth on the team in both steals and assists. At Brush, he was the team's most valuable player and earned all-league and honorable mention All-Ohio accolades. A four-year starter, Tait finished his prep career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,696 points and helped the Arcs to back-to-back Division I district finals.
"We are excited to have Nate, a great local player, transfer in to Lake Erie College," Hunt said. "We could not ask for a player who is better suited to step in and help us compete in the GLIAC. Nate is a great athlete who can create his own shot and who can play either guard spot. He will have an immediate impact on our team."
A 6-5 forward, Springs earned first-team all-conference honors in the I-Meck 4A after scoring 10.7 points per game on an incredible 75% shooting as a senior. He led Vance High School in blocked shots at 2.5 per game and also grabbed 7.5 rebounds per contest.
According to Hunt, "Jawuan was an all-league player in one of the top conferences in North Carolina and played every night against great players. He has tremendous instincts around the basket and has a real nose for the ball. We expect that Jawuan will compete for time at the three and four spots this year."
Adamczyk had a break-out senior year at Lake High School. The 6-3 shooting guard was a first-team All-Federal League and All-Stark County selection and also earned third-team all-district honors. He led the Blue Streaks in scoring and steals and shot over 50% from the field. He averaged 12.9 points and 3.3 rebounds as a senior in 2010-11.
"Ethan is a big guard who can really shoot the ball," said Hunt. "We really like his aggressiveness and competiveness on the court. He will compete for time on the wing at the two and three spots this upcoming season."
Howard is viewed as a combo guard who scored over 22 points per game as a senior at Shawnee High School. A first-team all-league, second-team all-district and honorable mention all-state selection, Howard averaged 22.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 2010-11 and was selected to play in the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game.
"Trey played both the point and off guard positions in high school and excelled at both spots," Hunt remarked. "Trey is a proven scorer and will have an opportunity to play both positions as well as the three position as he competes for time next season."