PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head men's basketball coach Cliff Hunt announced the addition of three players to its 2012 recruiting class today (April 17) bringing the total number of newcomers to four.
The group represents a very talented collection of players who were all members of solid high school programs and are unusually prepared for Division II college athletics," said Hunt. "We are excited to add this group to our roster that graduates only two seniors, and returns our top four scorers from last season."
Forward Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) and guards Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/ Olentangy Orange) and AJ Henson (Orwell, Ohio/Grand Valley) will join the Storm for the 2012-13 season. Center Steve Walczak (Galena, Ohio/Olentangy) signed with LEC during the early signing period in November.
Alexander, a 6-5 forward, averaged 13.4 points per game his senior season and was named first-team All-Columbus City League, third-team All-Central District and honorable mention All-Metro. He helped Walnut Ridge High School to 21-2 record and was ranked in the top 50 players in Ohio by Prep Spotlight.
"Roy is as talented of a player as any recruit we have had at Lake Erie," said Hunt. "His athleticism and skill set at the three spot allow him to play big against post players and step to the perimeter against guards. A very unselfish player, Roy is another athlete who is a perfect fit for our style of play and our approach to the game. We project Roy to have an opportunity to be an immediate impact player for us as a freshman."
Bosley, a 6-3 guard, averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game at Olentangy Orange High School while earning first-team All-Capital Division, first-team All-District 11, second-team All-Central District and honorable mention All-Ohio. He is Olentangy Orange's all-time leader in rebounds and field goal percentage and led the squad to an Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division championship. In the classroom, he is a member of the Honor Roll.
"Andy is a very athletic guard who we project to play both wing spots," said Hunt. "A very good shooter, Andy will add shot making ability to our team along with his ability to finish at the rim. We really like his unselfish approach to basketball along with his very good understanding of the game. Andy is a great fit for us and we believe he has a chance to contribute immediately."
Henson, a 5-10 guard, is an exceptional student as a member of the Honor Roll and National Honor Society at Grand Valley High School. He was a two-sport star at Grand Valley, as Ashtabula County Basketball Player of the Year and the Ashtabula County Football Player of the Year. In basketball, Henson has been named first-team All-Ashtabula County in four seasons, first-team All-Northeastern Athletic Conference for three seasons and first-team All-Northeast Lakes District, special mention All- Ohio, and the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Player of the Year twice. He is Ashtabula County's all-time leading scorer with 1,681 career points.
"AJ comes to Lake Erie off of an impressive athletic career in both basketball and football," said Hunt. "In basketball, AJ is the ultimate tough-minded point guard who does whatever has to be done to make his team better and give them the best chance to win. We are excited to have AJ in the program and we are confident his toughness, smarts, and athletic ability will have a tremendous impact on our team."
Walczak, a 6-10 center, averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks as a senior at Olentangy High School after signing with Lake Erie in November. Read more about the eighth-ranked center prospect in Ohio according to Prep Spotlight HERE.