July 13, 2010

Pioneer Men’s Basketball Rounds Out 2010-11 Recruiting Class

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (July 13, 2010) – Sacred Heart head men's basketball coach Dave Bike announced the additions of student-athletes Evan Kelley (Norwalk, CT / Norwalk H.S.) and Justin Swidowski (Philadelphia, PA / Holy Cross H.S.) for the 2010-11 season.  Kelley and Swidowski join freshmen Chris Evans (Stamford, CT) and Steve Glowiak (New Britain, CT) to complete this year's Pioneer recruiting class.

Kelley is a 6-3 guard out of Norwalk High School.  As a senior, Kelley averaged 25.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He was a Class L first team All-State selection as well as an All-FCIAC first team pick after leading the league in scoring.  Kelley, a Connecticut Post Super 15 selection, was also a McDonald's All-American nominee as a senior. He finished his career for Norwalk High as a 1,000 point scorer.

Kelley becomes the ninth student-athlete from Connecticut the Pioneers have signed in the last four years. He is joined in this year's freshman class by Evans, a 6-2 guard out of Stamford and Glowiak, a 6-2 guard from New Britain.

"Evan displayed the ability to effectively score the basketball as his offensive numbers his senior season in high school show," stated head coach Dave Bike.  "What separates Evan is his feel for the game and his length which can be very disruptive defensively."

Swidowski, a 6-9 forward, transfers to Sacred Heart from Holy Family University and will red-shirt during the 2010-11 season.  While at Holy Family, Swidowski led the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 24.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.  He shot 59.8% from the field in 2009-10 and finished the year with 74 blocks and 37 steals on the defensive end.  He was a Division II  Bulletin All-American honorable mention while also  earning National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II All-East District and Daktronics All-East Region second team honors. He was named to the All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) first team.  As a freshman, Swidowski was the ECAC and CACC Rookie of the Year after leading his team in scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg).

"Justin was an extremely productive player over his two years at Holy Family University," stated Bike.  "With a year of hard work and improvement, we believe he can be an excellent player with our program and in the Northeast Conference." 

During his high school career at Holy Cross, he was a 1,000 point scorer while leading his team to a school record             24 wins as a senior.  He set new school record with 106 blocks and averaged 16.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game on his way to first team all-conference, second team All-South Jersey and third team All-State selections.

"By adding Justin and Evan along with Chris and Steve, we feel we have solidified a strong foundation for the future of our program.  They are terrific young players who we anticipate excelling both on the court and in the classroom."

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