Nov. 16, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University men's basketball coach Phil Martelli announced the signing of scholastic standouts Edwin Lashley, Alvin Mofunanya, Ahmad Nivins to national letters of intent. The trio will enroll in the University in the fall of 2005.
Lashley, Mofunanya, and Nivins will join Jordan Fowler in next year's freshman class. Fowler, a 6-4 swing player from Montclair Prep in Montclair, NJ, who had committed last year to Saint Joseph's, will also begin his eligibility next season. Fowler was named the 2004 Essex County Player of the Year by the Star-Ledger after averaging 23.6 points per game.
"This group of young, talented and committed student-athletes will allow us to continue building a program with staying power," said Martelli, last year's National Coach of the Year. "The individual and collected success that these four players have achieved allows our entire staff to look towards a bright future."
Lashley is a 6-4 wing player from St. Thomas More Prep in Oakdale, CT. He is originally from Salisbury, MD, and played at Snow Hill High School before moving on to St. Thomas More.
"Edwin displays a shooting prowess that bodes well for him as a future contributor to our program. He has also continued to improve steadily, which is another positive aspect," said Martelli.
Mofunanya, a 6-8 forward, averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds as a junior last season at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, NJ. He also led North Jersey in blocked shots with an average of five per game.
"Alvin is a highly competitive young player, who like many big men, is just scratching the surface," said the coach. "We're excited about how his potential can impact next year's team, especially on the defensive end."
Nivins, a 6-9, 210-pound power forward from St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, NJ, is considered one of the best in the country at his position. Nivins helped lead St. Anthony to the school's ninth New Jersey Tournament of Champions title last season. The forward transferred to St. Anthony last year from Hudson County Prep, where he averaged 16 points per game. Current Hawk point guard Dwayne Lee is also a product of St. Anthony's.
"Ahmad is a multi-talented frontcourt player. He has been well-schooled by Coach Bob Hurley and understands winning, which is another cornerstone of our program," said Martelli.
Saint Joseph's, which went 30-2 last season, opens the 2004-05 campaign against top-ranked Kansas on Tuesday, November 23 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS.