First Commit from the High School Class of '11

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  • #2219
    StablerBum
    StablerBum
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    A guard out of Akron that attended St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (aka Lebron’s high school). He is higher rated than any of our incoming recruits this year according to ESPN. Another small PG, looks like he and Mackey will be battling it out for minutes in the years to come.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiti … Id%3d97056

    http://www.ny2lasports.com/daily_dime_o … dimeid=907

    And here is a local TV feature from when he was starting as a freshman:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PBss5IWD0E

    If this site is accurate, thats a solid list of other offers, including Kent State, Akron, and Bucknell:
    http://www.ohiohshoops.com/2010/08/john … orite.html

    #2231
    StablerBum
    StablerBum
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    Come on guys, where is the excitement? This is the squad’s first commit since a PL Championship season that culminated in a decent showing against a national power. It’s an early commitment from a highly regarded player who chose LU over conference rivals and other solid mid-major programs. He is from the same area of the country as the team’s star player, who is entering his sophomore year. We are reaping some major rewards here from last season and McCollum’s presence, and could be building something big. Where are the comments?

    #2234

    Mtnhwkfan
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    You are right StablerBum and I’ll post my hip hip hurray! This is a recruit that we would not had seen before last season. I believe we are in the middle of a shift of power in the conference from Bucknell and Holy Cross to Lehigh and American. LU now needs to seriously concentrate on building student and community interest in the team. The profile of the team was lifted tremendously last season and the athletic department needs to agressively build upon that momentum.

    In other news, I am a bit disappointed in our coaching replacements in that they do not appear to be upgrades over what we lost.

    Can’t wait to see how the team develops next season. McCollum and Knutsen will have a year’s experience, and several players will be competing hard for the spots left by Hall, Zahir, and Buchberger.

    #2235
    RichH
    RichH
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    Clearly a player we would not have surely gotten 2 yrs ago. New coaches not a down grade either , just new.

    Issue is what will he do with so may guards?

    #2236

    Mtnhwkfan
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    By appearances, I am not so sure about the ‘not a down grade’ comment. From their resume’s Krueger has far greater experience than Jablonski, while Anderson’s two years at Lehigh place him well ahead of Jordan. Not saying that Jablonski and Jordan will not turn out to be great coaches. Only that they do not have the experience of Krueger and Anderson.

    Ryan Krueger:
    1. Began his coaching career in 2000;
    2. Two seasons as an assistant coach at Maine Central Institute;
    3. One season as a graduate assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University.
    4. Head coach of the Maryland Greenhawks in the Pro Basketball League.
    5. Four years with New Jersey Nets worked his way up to assistant coach from an assistant video coordinator;
    6. Individual trainer for Richard Jefferson, currently a member of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, from 2004 through the present.
    7. One season as Assistant Coach for Lehigh University.
    7. Krueger earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh in 2000. He later went onto earn a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 in sport leadership.

    Damion Jablonski:
    1. Began his coaching career in 2005.
    2. Two years as assistant varsity boys basketball coach and head junior varsity boys basketball coach at Livonia Franklin High School in Livonia, Michigan.
    3. Three years at Div. III Oakland University, where he served as graduate manager, an interim assistant coach, video coordinator, and strength and conditioning coach.
    4. Graduated from Gonzaga in 2000 with a degree in mechanical engineering, worked for Ford Motor Company from 2001-2007.

    David Anderson:
    1. Idaho State (Div I) video coordinator.
    2. Assistant coach at Living Word Lutheran in Wisconsin and Century High School in Idaho.
    3. Extensive camp experience which includes a stint at Camp Takajo in Maine, as well as two years at Concordia University basketball camp in Seward, Nebraska.
    4. Two seasons as Lehigh Director of Basketball Operations
    5. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Concordia University and is working on a master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Lehigh.

    T.J. Jordan:
    1. Assistant coach at Div. III Susquehanna University.
    2. Head varsity boys basketball coach at Bel Air High School in Maryland.
    3. Actively involved in summer camps, most recently serving as camp director and co-founder of the Elite Basketball Camp in Bel Air this summer.
    4. Assistant coach for the Team Crusader Nation AAU team in Columbia, Md.
    5. Four year member of the basketball team at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science in 2008. As a senior, Jordan helped led the Seahawks to a Capital Athletic Conference Championship and a berth in the Division III Sweet Sixteen. Jordan received the Athletic Directors Award from St. Mary’s in 2008 for his team leadership.

    #2238

    lfnadmin
    Keymaster

    Turnover in assistant coaches is simply a part of life coaching at a small school like Lehigh. You have to take it not as a worry but a compliment that your team is doing a heck of a lot right.

    #2241

    norcalfan
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    Hi all,

    It is nice to see LU getting fired up. Looking forward to following the new players and of course my west coast guys, Lumpkins, Andoh and Adams. Good luck to all the teams.

    #2247
    StablerBum
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    Oakland University is very much Division 1. They play in the Summit League and were in the tournament this year as a 14 seed that lost to Pitt in the first round. Not saying it changes things a lot, but his experience comes from very solid mid-major D1 basktball, not D3.

    #2261
    Bison137
    Bison137
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    "Mtnhwkfan" wrote: I believe we are in the middle of a shift of power in the conference from Bucknell and Holy Cross to Lehigh and American.

    I think that’s more than a little premature. What may be happening, however, is four teams battling for the top spot in many years. The preseason poll will likely see AU, BU, HC, and LU all with votes for the top spot. It would not be a big surprise – at least to me – if BU and HC are the two top picks.

    Going forward, I expect LU, BU, and HC to continue to land the top recruiting classes. Jones at AU has been a so-so recruiter – with the exception of one class- but has been very proactive in bringing in transfers. He’ll likely need to do that to stay at the top. He also may be proactive in running off recruits who turn out to be mediocre.

    #2440
    RichH
    RichH
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    According to Bison Johnson decommitted. He reports we signed Corey Baltimore 6’6" from Stepinac ; Corey Schaefer 6’0" pg Iowa and Stefan Curkalj 6’2" 2g Ontario Canada.

    #2442

    lfnadmin
    Keymaster

    Cripes! While it does show how fickle these "commits" really are, especially before they’re signed, it’s been an offseason of disappointing news – first Bailey, now this.

    #2445
    Bison137
    Bison137
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    "lfnadmin" wrote: Cripes! While it does show how fickle these "commits" really are, especially before they’re signed

    Maybe he changed his mind after he heard that McCollum is going to transfer to the Big Ten after this year. (Just kidding. :) )

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