NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Iona College announced one of the largest recruiting classes in Division I men’s basketball this year, with nine new players joining the Gaels’ roster.
Iona graduated six seniors, and two players from last year’s team transferred to other schools, but the Gaels have rebuilt their roster with a mix of freshmen and veteran players.
Junior DeSean Anderson, who played at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in his sophomore year and at San Bernardino Valley College in his freshman year, joined Iona as a 6’8” power forward. His best game at LATTC came in a loss to Pasadena City College, when he had 31 points, four rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
Senior Curtis Dennis transferred from the University of Toledo and will be able to play at Iona without having to wait a year, as he was granted a transfer waiver by the NCAA because of the probation on Toledo’s men’s basketball program. The 6’5” wing player took part in 27 games for Toledo, though he started just two.
Grant Ellis is the first of two seniors in Iona’s 2012 recruiting class and comes from Hudson Catholic High School in Newark, N.J. He had seven games with 10 or more points in his senior season, in which the Hawks went 25-3 overall and 13-0 in league play.
A.J. English III is a 6’3” freshman shooting guard who joined Iona from St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn. He averaged nearly 18 points per game for the Chancellors last season.
DaShawn Gomez, a 6’2” point guard, played for Antelope Valley College and New Mexico State University before he transferred to Iona.
Michael Haynes, a 6’7” forward, will have sophomore status at Iona after transferring from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa.
David Laury, another sophomore for Iona, will be eligible to play when the first semester ends in December, as he enrolled at Iona in January. The 6’8” power forward transferred from Lamar State College in Port Arthur, Texas.
Brandon Parga is a 6’5” shooting guard from Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., who drained more than 100 three pointers during his two seasons at Citrus.
Tavon Sledge transferred from Iowa State University but will not be able to play for Iona this season. The 5’9” point guard can practice with the team but must wait to play until next year due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have sophomore status when he steps on the court for Iona.
"We're extremely excited for this monumental class this fall," said Iona head coach Tim Cluess. "The nine student-athletes are all tailored for our system here at Iona. … All but two of these young men are attending summer session classes, and we're grateful for them to be able to take advantage of the NCAA's new summer practice rules."
Cluess added that Iona is planning a trip to Canada with the team as it prepares for the 2012-2013 season.
From a report by Iona College Athletics