The Merrimack College men’s basketball team and head coach Joe Gallo have announced the program’s four signees from the spring signing period, with three student-athletes arriving as freshmen and one as a junior-college transfer. The incoming Warriors will join the program beginning in the fall of 2017.
The four-player group features student-athletes hailing from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and one who spent a year of junior college at Western Oklahoma State in Idris Joyner.
Joyner was high school teammates/classmates with current Warriors and rising sophomores Juvaris Hayes (Paterson, N.J.) and Jaleel Lord (Jersey City, N.J.) at Saint Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, N.J. Additionally, in 2016 the three Saint Anthony’s teammates played incoming recruit Khalief Crawford (Linden H.S.) in the final of the New Jersey Tournament of Champions.
The quartet will join a program that returns a core of eight returning student-athletes that won 19 games last season and advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship after beginning the year picked second-to-last in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference.
“We are extremely excited to welcome these four student-athletes to our Merrimack family. As a staff, we feel that our incoming class will address some of our needs as well as compliment the strong core of guys returning,” Gallo stated. “All four of these student-athletes will have a positive impact on that basketball court as well as in the Merrimack community.”
High School: Linden H.S. (N.J.)
Three-year starter at Linden High School in New Jersey … Two-time sectional and state champion as a junior and senior … Finished his career with over 1,000 career points … Averaged in double figures his last two seasons, including a career-high 14.2 points per game as a senior … Hit 35 3-pointers and contributed 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game during his final season … First Team All-State Group 4 in New Jersey … Union County All-Conference … Recognized as one of the top-five perimeter defenders in New Jersey by NJ Hoops
High School: North Penn High School
Previous School: Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy
Three-year player at Philadelphia Montgomery (Phil-Mont) Christian Academy … Finished his career at North Penn. High School (PA) … North Penn MVP as a senior … All-Suburban One First Team … Selection to play in the All-State Labor Classic in Philadelphia … All-League Second Team selection as a junior
High School: Manasquan High School (N.J.)
Three-year letterwinner at Manasquan High School in New Jersey … Named to NJ.com’s All-Group 2 Second Team … All-Shore Conference First Team … Finished his career as a 1,000-point scorer … Averaged 21.9 points per game as a senior, scoring 634 in total … Eighty-four of 112 field goals as a senior came from beyond the arc … Averaged 2.9 3-pointers per game … Contributed 5.4 rebounds per contest
High School: Saint Anthony’s High School
Previous School: Western Oklahoma State College
Spent one year at Western Oklahoma State College after playing for Saint Anthony’s (N.J.) in high school … Starter on Saint Anthony’s 2016 New Jersey State and Tournament Championship team … Averaged 11.5 points per game last season at West OK over 28 games … Shot 51.9 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from 3-point range … Averaged 5.3 rebounds per contest … Played over 70 games with Saint Anthony’s, averaging 6.1 ppg as a senior