Randall Keeps Assembling the Pieces to Men's Basketball Puzzle

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo head coach Lance Randall has announced more additions to his 2011-12 recruiting class as Shaun Adams, Jerrel Harris, Derik Hawkey, Johnny Johnston, Levente Corsavi, Tom Neary and Marcus Ruh have agreed to finish their collegiate careers playing for the Lions.

This group of seven marks the group of transfers that will take to the hardwood beginning in November, continuing to solidify the Randall era in Saint Leo Men's Basketball.  Up to this point, the Lions' new coach has added 10 new faces in his first year, including three freshmen announced earlier.




Shaun Adams Shaun Adams
6-6 | Jr. | Forward
Liberty, Mo.
Liberty High School | Loyola University Chicago

The first of two transfers from Loyola – Chicago, Adams played in 32 games over two years and averaged 1.2 points and one rebound per contest.  During the 2010-11 campaign, he saw action in 19 games and earned three starting nods. 

A multi-sport star in high school (baseball, basketball), Adams was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter.  Averaging 16 points per game his junior and season years, the all-state forward finished his career as Liberty's all-time scorer with 1,239 points, assists leader (365) and blocked shots (234).  Claiming wide-ranging first team honors, he was tops in his conference and district as a senior.

Coach Randall's Thoughts –

"Shaun is a phenomenal athlete and has the experience of competing every day against Horizon League athletes.  He is a gifted passer and has good range from the perimeter. He is very versatile and will be able to be impactive at three positions for us this year. "

 


 

 

Jerrel Harris Jerrel Harris
5-10 | Jr. | Guard
Milwaukee, Wisc.
Dominican High School | University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Harris scored 984 career points and averaged 20 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game during his senior year at Dominican.  He was a first team All-state selection.

In two years at Stevens Point Harris was a first team all WIAC in 2010 and the team's MVP.  Averaging 15 points per contest while connecting on 53 percent of his shots from the field, he was 45.8 percent from three point line and 81.3 percent from the charity stripe. He also led the team in assists, steals, field goals made, three-pointers and free throws.  

A Second Team All-Region All-America, Harris comes to Saint Leo with national championship experience as he was a member of the Steven Point national title team in 2010.

Coach Randall's Thoughts –

"Jerrel is an explosive athlete with a high major first step.  He has great range on his jump shot, knocking down nearly 50 percent of his threes last season. He is a very smart player who consistently makes winning plays on both sides of the ball."

 


 

 

Derik Hawkey Derik Hawkey
6-2 | Jr. | Guard
Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.
Southern Door High School | University of Minn. – Crookston | Williston State College

After spending his freshman year at the University of Minnesota-Crookston and his sophomore season at Williston State College, Hawkey settles in at Saint Leo as a 6'2", 185lb guard.  Named to the Second-Team All-Mon-Dak Conference, he averaged 14 points per game at Williston State.

Originally from Southern Door High School in the Packerland Conference he was the conference's Player of the Year, named All-Conference, All-Area and was a four-year letter winner. Hawkey was one of 30 players in Wisconsin to be nominated for the McDonald's All-American game in 2008. He scored a total of 1,519 points in his high school career and was ranked 42nd by Wisconsin Hoops out of the top 50 players in the state.

Coach Randall's Thoughts –

"Derik is a very versatile offensive basketball player. A very ball tough guard, he can score from a variety of spots on the floor.  He was all conference and academic all-conference last year at Williston State College in one of the best leagues in the country."

 


 

 

Johnny Johnston Johnny Johnston
6-2 | R-Fr. | Guard
Whitefish Bay, Wisc. | University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Recruited to play at Stevens Point but medically redshirted after the first week of practice, Johnston was a three year starter in high school and was a first team all-conference performer his senior season, averaging almost 15 points per game. A second team all-league performer as a junior, the Blue Dukes won the North Shore conference title. In 2010, Whitefish Bay fell in the sectional finals to Waukesha Catholic Memorial.

Coach Randall's Thoughts –

"Johnny is an excellent athlete and all-around player. He was first team all-conference in one of the best programs in one of the top leagues in Wisconsin. He had a knack for making big plays in his career at Whitefish Bay high school."

 

 


 

 

Levente Csorvasi Levente Csorvasi
6-11 | So. | Center
Kecskemet, Hungary
Afeosz | Holy Family University

The tallest player for the Lions in 2011-12, Csorvasi tranfers to Saint Leo from fellow Division II institution Holy Family University where he averaged six points and three rebounds in his first season in the States.  He played in all but one of the games for the Tigers and averaged 19 minutes a game.

In Hungary and while playing for the National team he posted impressive numbers averaging nearly 20 points a game behind 51 percent shooting.  Despite his near-seven foot frame, he connected on 48 three-pointers and averaged 38 percent shooting from behind the arc.

Coach Randall's Thoughts –

"Levente is a very skilled 6'11". He has shown an ability to make plays from the perimeter and the block. He comes from a great basketball family and has played on the Hungarian Under-18 and Under-20 National team the past few years."

 


 

 

Tom Neary
6-7 | R-Jr. | Forward
Brookfield, Wisc.
Catholic Memorial High School | Loyola University Chicago

After a two-year stint at Loyola, Neary rejoins Coach Randall at Saint Leo for his junior year.  Despite a redshirt season in 2010-11, Neary played in 17 games for the Ramblers, coming off the bench to contribute in both seasons.

A McDonald's All-America Basketball Team nominee in 2008 as a standout player in Wisconsin, he averaged over 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game to help Catholic Memorial to a share of the conference title.  A first team all-conference and all-county selection in 2007-08 the tall forward was a First Team Division 2 All-State pick by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association in 2008.

Coach Randall's Thoughts –

"Tom is a gifted athlete with incredible defensive ability.  He had a medical redshirt last year but is a smart, tough kid who can impact the game tremendously at both ends of the court."




Marcus Ruh Marcus Ruh
6-4 | Jr. | Guard
Green Bay, Wisc.
Bay Port High School | University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Another Wisconsin transfer, Ruh comes to Saint Leo after leading UW – Eau Claire in points, assists, steals and free throws.  He was an Honorable Mention All-WIAC and the team's MVP his sophomore season where he averaged 13 points and three assists per game.  Also while at Eau Claire he earned the newcomer of the year honors his freshman season and also served as the team's captain.

A multi-sport star in high school (basketball, soccer), Ruh was an All-State and All-Area player as he earned his first team captain position and was the Team MVP, scoring 13 points per game.

Coach Randall's Thoughts –

"Marcus is as complete a guard as you will find.  He can handle, pass, drive it and shoot.  He is a very good athlete and an intense competitor.  The bottom line is Marcus knows where the ball should go and has the skill set to get it there."

 




These seven will join the other newcomers as they begin the Saint Leo portion of their careers with the start of the fall semester at Saint Leo in late August.

 

2011-12 Lions' Recruiting Class:

Shaun Adams

Taylor Bassett

Cale Girten

Angel Gonzalez

Jerrel Harris

Derik Hawkey

Johnny Johnston

Csorvasi Levente

Tom Neary

Marcus Ruh