Billy Lange welcomes three newcomers, plus transfer O.J. Avworo, to next year's roster.
July 3, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy head men's basketball coach Billy Lange has announced that three members comprise his fourth full recruiting class, as all three members participated in I-Day activities this week. The three members are a well-rounded trio that fit Lange's system very well and will give the Mids another solid class when the 2008-09 season rolls around. The trio of Johnnie Corrigan, Nate Kasper and Jordan Sugars, coupled with transfer O.J. Avworo, who will be eligible this year, will look to help Navy continue its resurgence.
"As a whole, this class, more than any that we have had, gives us different bits and pieces. These players are more specialized and fit our needs very well, instead of the mass recruiting we have done in years past," said Lange, who will be in his fifth year in charge of the Navy basketball program in 2008-09. "We were able to specialize a little bit more and all three players will help us immensely next year and down the road."
Nate Kasper Forward 6-8 235 Wheeler, Ind. Wheeler H.S. Western Reserve Academy
Spent the last season at Western Reserve Academy after starring at Wheeler High School in Wheeler, Ind. ... as a high school senior, Kasper led the county in scoring and was fifth in the state with a 24.3 ppg average ... scored 1,170 points in his high school career, the sixth-best total in school history at Wheeler High School ... led Wheeler to its first sectional title in school history ... averaged 13.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg at Western Reserve Academy last year ... competed in the prestigious Indiana North-South All-Star Classic in 2007.
WHAT LANGE SAYS:
What I noticed first about Nate is that he just loves to play and compete. He is committed to being at the Naval Academy after spending last year at a prep school. He is an inside player that can step up and hit the outside jumper, and more importantly, can be comfortable handing the ball and playing defense on the perimeter. He is a very good player from the foul-line and inside and has good post moves.
Jordan Sugars Guard 6-3 190 Millbrook, Va. Millbrook H.S. A standout at Millbrook High School (Va.), Sugars averaged 16.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.8 apg and 2.5 spg as a senior, while shooting 52 percent from the field, including 40 percent (44-of-109) from the three-point line ... was named Associated Press second-team All-State, as well as first-team All-District and All-Region ... was named second-team All District as a sophomore and first-team All-District as a junior, and was the team MVP ... served as the team captain as a senior ... recorded nine double-doubles on the season, including a remarkable 23-point, 19-rebound, five-assist effort against Urbana on Dec. 29 ... finished his career as Millbrook's all-time career leader in points (1,323), rebounds (623) and steals (190) and was third in assists (181) ... team posted a 29-1 record in 2007-08 in the Virginia AA Northwestern League, winning the Group AA State Championship ... competed in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Game ... team compiled a 73-13 record in three years, and Sugars was part of three district championships ... turned down interest from High Point, Brown, Columbia, Princeton and Siena ... his teammate at Millbrook, Erick Green, who was the AA State Player of the Year, will be a freshman at Virginia Tech ... was a member of the National Honor Society and volunteered in such programs as the Salvation Army Food Drive, the John Morgan Memorial Car Wash and the Millwood Reading Blitz program ... finished eighth in the nation in a written entrepeneur competition as a senior ... won the Winchester Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Award ... had perfect attendance during his high school career ... once met and ate breakfast with the great Gale Sayers ... full name is Jordan Marcellus Sugars ... born March 20, 1990, in Tucson, Ariz. ... son of James and Kimberly Sugars ... father, James, played basketball at Elon in 1984-86.
WHAT LANGE SAYS:
Jordan brings a great deal of athleticism to the floor every time he plays. He has great size for a guard and is very quick off his feet, as evidenced by his rebound totals in high school. He is a very versatile athlete and his outside shooting is probably his best asset. He is very skilled offensively.
Johnnie Corrigan Guard / Forward 6-4 195 Harrisburg, Pa. Bishop McDevitt H.S.
Corrigan was a three-year letterwinner at Bishop McDevitt High School (Pa.), graduating in 2008 ... he caught the Navy coaches' eyes with his long-range ability and work ethic ... connected on 33 three-pointers as a senior and will look to flourish in Lange's three-point attack ... averaged 19.3 ppg as a senior and was a first-team Mid-Penn Conference all-league selection ... was selected to the 2008 Mid-Penn All-Star Team and competed in the Pennsylvania / Maryland All-Star Game ... won the Sportsmanship Award for the Mid-Penn Conference as handed out by the PIAA ... was a two-time East Pennsboro Holiday Tournament All-Star and was named to the Harrisburg Patriot News Big 15 Second Team ... chose Navy over Princeton, Lehigh, Lafayette, Columbia and Yale ... was extremely active in the classroom, serving as student council class President twice and executive President once ... three-year member of National Honor Society ... named the Harrisburg Rotary Club Top Student in 2008 ... an outstanding writer, Corrigan won several national awards at the Scholastic Writing Competition ... full name is John Vincent Corrigan ... born Jan. 15, 1990, in Harrisburg, Pa. ... son of John and Michelle Corrigan ... mother, Michelle, played basketball for two years at both Gannon and Shippensburg University.
WHAT LANGE SAYS:
What sets John apart is that he really wants to graduate from the Academy and become a great officer. He is far and away the best jump shooter we have recruited here at Navy. He defends very hard and is very long. His length gives him the ability to play post defense. He is just a tough-minded, gritty kid that really knows the game very well.
Navy went 16-14 overall last year, including a 9-5 mark in the Patriot League, good for second place in the league standings. The Mids will return nine of their top 10 scorers from last year.
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