DeChellis Announces Navy Men's Basketball Class of 2016
July 24, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy men's basketball head coach Ed DeChellis has announced that seven commitments, including four from Virginia, are currently participating in plebe summer activities and have joined the Navy men's basketball team for the upcoming 2012-13 season. The class features players from four states and fills every position on the roster.
"As a whole, we were able to recruit every position and are able to fill all five spots on the floor with this group," said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis, who is entering his second season at Navy with this being his first recruiting class after he was hired late in the spring of 2011. "We were able to also add some guys that are versatile and are able to play multiple positions. I think its a good first recruiting class that has some athleticism and skill and we hope that they are able to contribute to our program immediately."
The group joins a Navy program that will have no seniors on the roster after having just three seniors on the roster during the 2011-12 season, making it once again one of the youngest teams in America. DeChellis also stressed the need to bring in shooters and he felt the coaching staff accomplished that with this group.
"We can't change the past and the lack of class structure in our program. Our goal is to bring in solid classes that will help us build a foundation from the ground up. This group, along with the returnees, will help us ensure that our base is sound and stable," said DeChellis. "We really need to improve our shooting and we feel we have brought in guys that can do that."
Jerome Alexander 6-6 195 Radford, Va. Radford High School The Hill School (Pa.)
Alexander had an outstanding career, lettering four times at Radford High School before graduating in 2011 ... spent the last year at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. ... led the Radford basketball team to the 2011 (senior) and 2009 (sophomore) state championships ... team also won four district championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) ... while at Radford, he served as a two-time team captain, was the 2011 state title game MVP and was an all-district performer as a senior after being a second-team selection as a junior ... as a senior at Radford in the district finals with the game tied at 60, Alexander scored 11 straight points, grabbed every defensive rebound and blocked two shots in the final 2:20 that helped seal the victory, finishing with 23 points and 17 rebounds against EastMont ... averaged 12.3 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game at The Hill School, including a dominating 20-point, 12-rebound performance against the Navy JV team ... in that game, he drained three three-pointers and threw down an emphatic dunk to seal the victory ... shot 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range in his one year at The Hill School ... born Sept. 19, 1992, in Santa Fe, N.M. ... son of Alvin and Jenny Alexander ... also showed interest in Wofford, Radford and VMI ... teamed with Princeton recruit Hans Brase while at the Hill School.
WHAT DECHELLIS SAYS: Jerome is a face-up four-man that really plays hard, has good energy and a good motor. He can shoot from the perimeter, but can also really drive the ball to the hoop. He is a strong rebounder that can probably also play the three-spot depending on the lineup. I just really love his energy. He plays hard all the time.
Tilman Dunbar 5-10 150 Woodbridge, Va. Paul VI Catholic High School
Dunbar had a sensational scholastic career at Paul VI Catholic, graduating in 2012 ... led Paul VI Catholic to a USA Today Super 25 final ranking of No. 16 after spending much of the season in the top 10 ... helped team to a 35-3 record that included the WCAC league championship, the VIS (Virginia Independent Schools) state title and a Washington, D.C., city title ... in the prestigious Alhambra tournament, Dunbar converted a a three-point play as time expired to give Paul VI a 64-63 victory over Gonzaga in the semifinals ... reached the Chick-Fil-A Tournament finals, losing to the nation's No. 1-ranked team, Oak Hill Academy ... as a senior, Dunbar was selected as the team captain, team MVP, a second-team all-WCAC selection and an All-Met honorable mention honoree after averaging 10.4 points, 7.2 assists and 3.1 steals per game, in argubly the toughest high school conference in America (WCAC) ... scored a season-hgh 25 points in a seven-point win over Laurel in late December ... recorded a triple-double in an early-December win over Fredericksburg Christian with 14 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds ... had 14 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds in a win during the VIS Quarterfinals ... as a junior, was named Paul VI Catholic's Defensive Player of the Year ... has been called a "jet with the ball, "a good decision maker", "one of the fastest players in the country," "speed is his game and he does a great job of using it," and a "pure point guard who knows how to run an offense and distribute the ball. He's a real game-changer." ... was a three-year starter for Paul VI Catholic ... was a member of the National Honor Society, volunteered in the Special Olympics and partook in community service for hundreds of hours while at Paul VI Catholic ... born Jan. 13, 1994, in Fairfax, Va., the same day as teammate Ryan Spadaford ... son of Tilman and Bindu Dunbar ... went on recruiting visits to Colgate, Princeton, Cornell and Penn ... his Paul VI Catholic team was loaded with Division I talent as Coleman Johnson (Fairfield), Patrick Holloway (George Mason), Tim Higgins (Cornell), Stan Robinson (Indiana) and Oray Nicolai (Catholic) will all play college basketball ... father, Tilman, played soccer at St. Augustine's College, graduating in 1986 ... from the same hometown as David Robinson, Navy's most famous basketball alum.
WHAT DECHELLIS SAYS: Tilman is very athletic, very fast and comes from a great high school program. He won a lot of games while at Paul VI Catholic and he has a confidence and attitude that we hope resonates in our program. He is a guy that can step in right away and help us as our point guard position is completely open and we don't have a ton of experience there.
Phil Guglielmo 6-5 190 Springfield, Va. St. Stephens & St. Agnes High School
Guglielmo graduated from St. Stephens & St. Agnes High School in 2012, earning two letters in basketball ... he earned one letter at Annandale High School before that ... served as the team captain at St. Stephens and St. Agnes as a senior ... averaged 14.4 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game as a senior ... an outstanding shooter, Guglielmo connected on 38 three-pointers and shot 77.8 percent from the free throw line ... tallied 27 points with six rebounds against St. Albans High School, connecting on five three-pointers in the contest ... born Sept. 8, 1993, in Fairfax, Va. ... son of Jack and Linda Guglielmo ... also visited The Citadel on a recruiting visit, holding an offer from the Bulldogs ... teammate Justin Goldsborough will play basketball at league rival Lehigh.
WHAT DECHELLIS SAYS: Phil has grown a couple of inches since his commitment and I think he has grown some more since I-Day. He is a strong perimeter shooter and is a long, rangy player that can play about three positions (SG, SF, PF) if needed. He has a smooth shot and will be able to stretch the defense with his perimeter shooting.
Will Kelly 6-9 225 Mount Laurel, N.J. Lenape High School The Hun School (N.J.)
A 2011 graduate of Lenape High School, Hill spent the last season at the Hun School in Princeton, N.J. ... lettered twice at Lenape, leading the team to the 2011 Olympic Conference co-championship ... was the South Jersey vs. Philly "Battle Over the Bridge" MVP ... was a North-South New Jersey All-Star and a South Jersey All-Star selection as a senior ... served as the team captain at both Lenape and the Hun School ... averaged 8.2 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game and 3.1 blocks per game in his one year at the Hun School ... was a member of the U.S. Army JROTC, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, won the American Lenior Scholarship Excellence medal and Exceptional Leadership Award ... born Feb. 21, 1992 in Willingboro, N.J. ... son of Willie and Pamela Kelly ... comes from a long line of basketball players and college athletes ... father, Willie, played basketball at Pittsburgh from 1973-76, uncle, Louis, played at Pittsburgh in 1973-74, uncle, Greg, played at Cheney University and uncle, Vincent Gumbs, played football at Cheney University.
WHAT DECHELLIS SAYS: Will is an athletic post that can really run the floor well. He is long and lanky and does a great job blocking shots. He has good hands and is a good communcator, especially on the defensive end. He can be a guy that can develop into a very good player for us.
Kendall Knorr 6-3 185 Concord, N.C. Concord High School
Knorr had an outstanding career, graduating from Concord High School in 2012 ... lettered four times at Concord, leading his team to four conference and sectional titles and a pair of regional titles ... as a senior, was the conference Player of the Year, an all-county selection, made the all-regional team and served as the team captain after averaging 17.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.2 steals per game ... was a two-time all-conference selection and was named the 2011 Christmas Tournament MVP ... tallied a career-high 33 points in a game Hickory Ridge, the school he was set to attend before moving into the Concord school district ... scored over 1,000 points during his career ... competed in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic, an all-star game between North Carolina and South Carolina ... won the three-point contest at the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic ... as a sophomore, Knorr helped the team to the NCHSAA Class 3A finals, where it lost to Rocky Mount ... was a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Keystone Club and the CHS D.R.E.A.M. Team ... born August 11, 1994, in Charlotte, N.C. ... son of David and Kristie Knorr ... brother, Stephen, played football at Gardner Webb and sister, Nicole, played soccer at Pfieffer University ... grandfather, Craig Kintzel, was a Navy fighter pilot, serving in California and the Pacific from 1960 to 1965 flying off the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany.
WHAT DECHELLIS SAYS: Kendall is another guy that comes from a very strong high school program and just knows what it takes to win. He is a tremendous perimeter shooter. He is a complete player, is very smart with high basketball knowledge and has a very high skill set.
Richard Kuzma 6-3 180 Leesburg, Va. Thomas Jefferson High School
Kuzma lettered three times at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology before graduating in 2012 ... led team to the Virginia AAA Northern Region Tournament for the first time since 1997 ... averaged 19.3 points per game for the Colonials and ended his career as the school's career, single-season and single-game scoring record holder ... scored school-record 37 points in a win over Marshall and had 35 against Madison ... was a two-time first-team all-Liberty District selection ... was the top free throw shooter in the DC / Metro region ... was the leading scorer in the Virginia AAA Northern Region as a senior and was fifth as a junior ... attending one of the best public schools in America, Kuzma was the National Honor Society President, the treasurer of the investment club and member of the FIRST Robotics team ... earned a 4.27 GPA and scored a 2,340 (out of 2,400) on his SAT ... was awarded with a National Merit Scholarship ... born Jan. 12, 1994, in New Orleans, La. ... son of Charles and Lisa Kuzma ... went on recruiting trips to Army, MIT, Merchant Marine Academy and Cal Tech, before deciding on Navy ... his grandfather Hank played basketball at Duquesne ... is the fourth member of the Kuzma player to play basketball at Navy ... father Charles (Class of `79), uncle James (Class of `83) and uncle Hank (Class of `78) all played at Navy ... Hank is the 12th-leading scorer (1,388 pts.) and sixth-leading rebounder (749) in school history (1,388 pts.) and is one of four players in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists.
WHAT DECHELLIS SAYS: Richard is a good perimeter shooter and comes from a great Navy basketball family. He is a very intelligent player that just knows how to play the game. He will continue to grow and get stronger and will help us on the perimeter.
Ryan Spadaford 6-4 185 Rockville Centre, N.Y. South Side High School
A 2012 graduate of South Side High School, Spadaford had an outstanding career for the Cyclones ... as a senior, he was a fifth-team all-New York state selection, a first-team all-Long Island public school honoree and first-team all-Nassau County after averaging about 18 points, 11 rebounds and three assists per game ... led team to the 2012 Nassau County Class A basketball championship ... in his first game back after a three-week injury due to a high ankle sprain, he scored 27 points with 12 rebounds and five assists in a playoff win over Wantagh ... was selected as the Conference A-1 Player of the Year for Nassau County as a junior ... was a three-time co-captain at South Side ... named the 2010 (December) most valuable player in the Uniondale Knights Tip-Off Classic after averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds per game ... was a three-year starter for one of Nassau County's top programs and helped team to the Nassau County semi-finals as a sophomore ... played for Long Island's Rising Stars AAU program and ranked in the top 35 of the AAU Division I Nationals in Orlando (July 2011) with wins over Ohio Gold and PA Playaz ... at the 2010 event, his team won their bracket with a win over Ohio Purple, which had won the 2009 event ... was selected as an all-star at Hoop Group camps in each of the last two years and scored 26 points in the Eastern Camp all-star game before his junior year ... born January 13, 1994, in Rockville Centre, N.Y., the same day as teammate Tilman Dunbar ... son of Ken and Nancy Spadaford ... went on recruiting visits to Colgate and NJIT among others.
WHAT DECHELLIS SAYS: Ryan is another guy that can play multiple positions and is comfortable at playing shooting guard or small forward. He is a very tough and competitive kid. He has a high skill set and is another strong perimeter shooter that can also put the ball on the floor and drive to the hoop.
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