May 25, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's men's basketball will welcome a group of four newcomers to the program this coming fall, as the Hawks look to extend their five-year streak of post-season play and Atlantic 10 regular-season titles in the 2005-06 season.
Jordan Fowler, a 6-5, 195-lb. guard from Montclair, NJ, enrolled at Saint Joseph's in January 2005 and was permitted to practice with the Hawks. While at Montclair High School, Fowler averaged 23.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a senior. The 2004 Essex County Player of the Year, he was an All-Group 4 Second-Team selection and was named to the All-State Third Team. Fowler set the Montclair career scoring record with 1,329 points and the single-game scoring mark with 52 points.
Edwin Lashley is a 6-4, 190-lb. guard who attended St. Thomas More Prep in Oakdale, CT, for two years. Orginally from Salisbury, MD, Lashley attended Snow Hill High School as a sophomore and averaged 20.5 points and 8.0 rebounds there.
Alvin Mofunanya is a 6-8, 220-lb. forward from Englewood, NJ, and Dwight Morrow High School. A second-team All-State selection by the Associated Press, he averaged 18.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game in 2005. Named to the All-BCSL American team, Mofunanya helped Morrow to the league title and to the Group 2 North sectional championship this past season.
Ahmad Nivins, a 6-9, 220-lb. forward, averaged 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a senior at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, NJ. A two-time All-County selection, Nivins helped St. Anthony to an undefeated season (30-0) and the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in 2003-04. He also averaged 5.0 assists and 5.0 blocks per game in his senior season.
"The most exciting thing about our incoming freshmen is that they're excited about the opportunity at Saint Joseph's. They're excited about being a part of the University and the program, and that clearly excites me," said Hawks' head coach Phil Martelli.
Next season, the Hawks will be without Pat Carroll and John Bryant, the leaders from last year's 24-12 and NIT runner-up team. Returning starters include point guard Dwayne Lee, forward Dave Mallon, guard Chet Stachitas and possibly center Dwayne Jones. Jones has made an early declaration for the NBA Draft on June 28, but has until June 21 to withdraw and return to Saint Joseph's.