SAINT LEO, Fla. – High school basketball standouts Jaylon Bell and Stephane Beneche have both signed National Letters of Intent to join the Saint Leo University men's basketball program beginning with the 2012-13 season, Head Coach Lance Randall announced earlier this week. The additions of Bell and Beneche join that of incoming player Trey Griseck, who committed to the Lions in November.
5-11 | 160 lbs.
Winter Garden, Fla. | West Orange HS
Bell comes to Saint Leo from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla. where he averaged 17 points and eight assists per game in leading the Warriors to a 23-8 overall record and an 8A District Championship. Named as a member of the Fourth-Team All Central Florida Boys Basketball Team, he was also a First-Team All-Conference Selection on an All-Conference team littered with Division I signees. Coming into Saint Leo as a performer in the classroom with a 3.6 GPA, Bell was also a Florida Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star selection and an All-State selection on the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Boys Basketball Team.
Coach Randall's Thoughts –
"Jaylon is an excellent guard with an innate ability to get to the rim. He is a very smart, tough player from a great family and has a chance to impact our program immediately."
6-10 | 200 lbs.
Wellington, Fla. | Wellington HS
Averaging 15 points and nine rebounds per game, the 6'10" presence of Beneche allowed him to lead Palm Beach County in blocks as he averaged five rejections per contest. The Palm Beach County All-Star selection and the game's MVP posted 10 games where he had at least six blocks and notched 10 or more rebounds in at least 15 games this season. A Second-Team All-Area selection, Beneche was also extremely accurate with the ball, making 61 percent of his shots, a stat which helped the all-around player earn a spot in the Florida All-Star Basketball Classic. He made a memorable impression on many his senior season with a triple-double performance against archrival Palm Beach Central, posting 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks in a 53-39 win.
Coach Randall's Thoughts –
"Stephane has great length and has been a superb shot-blocker throughout his high school career. He has shown tremendous potential to score in a variety of ways. He is another smart kid from a great family and we are looking forward to working with Stephane over the next four years."
The twin additions come after Randall announced the signing of Olympia High School (Fla.) standout basketball guard Trey Griseck in November. Griseck helped Olympia to a 22-9 record his senior season as he shot over 40 percent from behind the 3-point arc and posted close to a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio on the nationally-ranked squad. The 6'4" guard also considered Rollins and Eckerd of the Sunshine State Conference, along with multiple Division I offers, including those from Kennesaw State, Liberty and Campbell.
The trio of new Lions will join the Saint Leo community when they begin classes in August.