|GS Players Prepare For New Schools|
|With all the excitement surrounding our latest recruiting news it’s easy to forget about previous players. Here’s a quick reminder of some players who have already used the Global Squad to get recruited. The following players will be entering these Prep Schools and Colleges this fall.|
|Yujin Yamamoto – New Hampton Prep|
Last year, New Hampton Prep recruited Yujin Yamamoto from the Global Squad. In March Yujin decided to take advantage of the opportunity and make the move from Osaka, Japan to New Hampton. New Hampton Prep is one of the top Prep Schools in the US and often ranked in the top-10 for basketball. Yujin will be taking a huge step up in terms of competition this coming season.
Yujin followed up this decision by proving he’s up for the challenge New Hampton presents. This summer he turned in one of the best individual seasons any Global Squad player has ever had. He averaged 11 pts, 3 asts, 3 rebs, and 2.2 stls per game as a member of the Red Dragons.
Yujin now ranks 5th in career points, 5th in assists, 3rd in steals, and 4th in field goals made for a single season. He also tied the record for 3-pointers made in a single game (6). It was great having Yujin back this summer as we send him off to his new basketball team.
|Sam Hou – Georgetown Prp|
|In 2011, Sam Hou was primarily a spectator as a member of Global Squad. He was only in 8th grade, too young, underdeveloped, and overwhelmed by the competition. While he showed some promise Sam stood by as the older players got recruited by colleges and prep schools. It stung Sam when his name was not on the list of players Georgetown Prep (GT Prep) wanted to recruit.
When Sam returned to Beijing he used the experience to fuel one of the biggest 1-year improvements ever seen by a Global Squad player. In the summer of 2012 Sam put the results of his hard-work on display for the Global Squad season. He was an absolute beast.
Sam not only led the Red Dragons in points, assists, and steals but he got prep school coaches to notice him. The Georgetown Prep coach made a serious move to bring Sam into the program. Sam will begin his sophomore year at GT Prep this coming fall.
|Lawrence Lee – Cal Tech|
|For each of the past three summers Lawrence Lee absolutely dominated the paint with his physical play. In July, Lawrence finished his three year career with the Global Squad and added to an already impressive career stat-line. Lawrence is the all-time leader in points (550), rebounds (443), blocks (75), double-doubles (22), field goalds made (244), and ranks 2nd in field goal percentage (0.555).
It isn’t any wonder why college coaches wanted to add Lawrence to their front line. Cal Tech emerged as the winner in this recruiting battle. Not only does Cal Tech offer an incredible academic environment but it’s a great opportunity for Lawrence to excel on the basketball court.
The Cal Tech coaching staff expects Lawrence to play major minutes immediately and turn the basketball program into a winner from day-1. Lawrence is a Division-I caliber player. We’re projecting Lawrence to become a D-III All-American if he reaches his full potential.
|Nasser Al-Rayes – Cal Tech|
|Soon after Lawrence Lee committed to Cal Tech, fellow Global Squad teammate, Nasser Al-Rayes decide to join him.
Nasser stands 6’10, runs like a deer, and over the past two summers with the Global Squad showed flashes of greatness. In fact, several college and prep school coaches were so intrigued by Nasser’s potential that they tried to pull him away from Cal Tech.
Despite the flattering offers, Nasser stuck with his commitment to Cal Tech. Like Lawrence, Nasser has the potential to be a D-I basketball player. It’s rare that a D-III program is able to secure a post player with D-I talent. Cal Tech hit the jackpot because they have two entering as freshmen. With Nasser and Lawrence joining forces, Cal Tech could compete for a National Championship in the near future.
Nasser ranks 2nd in career blocks (39) and 6th in rebounds (111).
|Jenning Leung – McGill University|
|Jenning spent two summers with the Global Squad (’11 & ’12). During that time he accumulated some impressive numbers. He’s ranked 2nd in career points (458), 3rd in rebounds (185), 1st in assists (161), 2nd in steals (55), 5th in blocks (30), 2nd in field goals made (171), 3rd in 3-point percentage (0.397), 3rd in 3-pointers made (48), 1st in free-throws made (68), and 1st in assist -to-turnover ratio (2.7).
Jenning Leung will be entering his freshmen season at McGill University. McGill offered Jenning a spot on the basketball team this past March after seeing him at an on-campus workout. Jenning is going to have a fantastic college career at McGill.
McGill is consistantly ranked in the top-10 of Canadian colleges for basketball. Jenning will be challenged to earn playing time as a freshmen but we truly believe McGill got a steal of a recruit.
|Matthew Hettel – Kenyon College|
|Matthew Hettel was the first Global Squad player to commit to a college program after last summer. Matthew applied early decision to Kenyon College and will be entering his freshmen year later this month.
Kenyon College and Denison University both decided to go after Matthew when they saw him during a Global Squad practice. Both schools were looking for a guard with above average quickness and a lights out jump shot. Matthew fits that bill perfectly.
After Matthew made recruiting trips to both campuses he settled on Kenyon. Head Coach Dan Priest expects Matthew to be a big part of the program in the coming years.
As a member of the Global Squad, Matthew averaged 6.4 pts, 2.6 rebs, and 1.4 asts per game. He’s also ranked 8th all-time in career 3-pointers made.
|Niels Kjer – Sarah Lawrence College|
|Over Niels Kjer’s career with the Global Squad he averaged 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks.
Niels Kjer suffered a sever ankle injury early on last summer. This injury happened before any coaches were able to see Niels or the Global Squad play. Unless he recovered quickly it looked as though Niels was going to miss out on an opportunity to get recruited.
Fortunately the Head Coach of Sarah Lawrence College, Chris Ehmer, came to see practice as Niels began to get healthy. Coach Ehmer needed a big-man that could run the floor, play solid post defense, and knock down the mid-range jumper. Niels, who stands at 6’5, was a perfect fit.
The Sarah Lawrence men’s basketball program is only 5-years old and in it’s initial building stage. Niels will be called on to play major minutes and is expected to contribute immediately.
|Global Squad Alums Enter Sophomore Seasons|
|Lets take an even further look back at our earliest Global Squad graduates. Brad Johanson and Cooper Hamaliuk are members of the original Global Squad (2011). They are the first players to leave the program and go off to play college basketball.|
|Brad Johanson – Ithaca College|
|Brad Johanson joined an Ithaca College basketball team that was stacked with upperclassmen and was one year removed from making the NCAA Tournament. This meant the minutes were going to be tough to come by for the freshmen.
As the season went on Brad slowly worked his way into the rotation. He appeared in more games then any other freshmen on the team. Brad shot 44% from the field, 44% from 3-point range, and 80% from the free-throw line. Brad also gained the invaluable experience of being on a winning team. Ithaca won the Empire-8 Conference Championship and went to the Sweet-Sixteen of the D-III NCAA Tournament.
This coming season the coaching staff hopes Brad can expand his skill set on the perimeter as well as in the post. He is expected to play more minutes and contribute significantly more then he did as a freshmen.
|Cooper Hamaliuk – University of Calgary|
|Cooper Hamaliuk is one of the most dangerous scorers to ever wear a Global Squad uniform. In 2011 Cooper set the bar extremely high in several offensive categories. Most of the records he set for a career and season still stand today.
Cooper is the all-time leader in points per game (15.1) and 3-pointers made (57). He ranks 3rd in career points (347), 7th in assists (62), and 8th in steals. All these marks were done in a single season.
This past season Cooper was the backup point guard at the University of Calgary. Minutes were limited because the starting point guard was ranked as the 2nd best point guard in all of Canadian basketball.
This season Cooper will red-shirt and practice with the team. He hopes this extra year of development will allow him to play a bigger role in 2014.