Jeff Jones adds five to his roster for the 2008-09 season as the team looks to defend its Patriot League Championship.
July 3, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University men's basketball team announced three more additions to its squad Wednesday. Incoming freshmen Simon McCormack, Riley Grafft, and Joe Hill will join the Eagles in the 2008-09 season along with Stephen Lumpkins and Mike Technow, both who signed National Letters of Intent last fall.
McCormack is a 6-4, 190 lbs. guard out of Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Mass. The New Castle, N.H. native led his team to an 18-10 record last season, averaging 10.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game.
"Simon is a true point guard with excellent size and a high basketball I.Q.," said head coach Jeff Jones. "We are extremely excited to add Simon to our incoming class and believe he'll be a key addition to our backcourt."
Grafft, a 6-9, 190 lbs. forward of Janesville, Wisc., will bring additional height and shot-blocking abilities to the Eagles' defense. He averaged 16.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 48 percent from the field in his senior season at Janesville-Parker High School. A gifted athlete, Grafft placed fifth in the high jump at the Wisconsin state meet and played wide receiver for the Janesville-Parker football team.
Hill, a 6-2, 185 lbs. guard from Plymouth Meeting, Pa., led Germantown Academy to an 18-11 record in his senior season, averaging 14 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. Hill, an honors student at Germantown Academy, was selected by the Philadelphia Markward Basketball Club as one of the top seniors and was named Honorable Mention All-Southeastern Pennsylvania. He was also selected to the Philadelphia All-Suburban all-star team his junior year.
Lumpkins and Technow signed National Letters of Intent in the fall.
Lumpkins is a 6-8, 210 lbs. forward out of Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. He averaged 21.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in his senior season, shooting 55 percent from the field and leading his team to an 18-11 record. Lumpkins garnered numerous honors, including First-Team All-West Coast Athletic League, San Mateo County Times Player of the Year, San Mateo Daily News Player of the Year, San Mateo Journal Player of the Year and San Francisco Examiner Player of the Year.
Technow is a 6-9, 230 lbs. center from Boca Raton, Fla. A First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-County selection, Technow led Boca Raton Community High School to a 19-7 record in 2007-08 and averaged 13.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game. He drew interest as a Top-3 Shot Blocker in Florida and Top-100 Florida Prospect.
"We're very pleased with this talented recruiting class," Jones said. "They are all quality athletes, excellent students and outstanding young men, and we anticipate their contributions to our team and the American University community to be significant."