Latina Announces SHU Men's Basketball Recruiting Class

Latina Announces SHU Men's Basketball Recruiting Class

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart University head men's basketball coach Anthony Latina announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Pioneers. Myles Cephas (Lansing, Ill.), Aaron Clarke (Parsippany, N.J.), Chaylyn Martin (Hartford, Conn.), Koreem Ozier (Racine, Wisc.), Cameron Parker (Portland, Ore.), and Zach Pfaffenberger (Midlothian, Va.) will comprise the Pioneers Class of 2022 and will join the roster for the 2018-19 campaign.

"This is as talented a recruiting class as we have signed during my years at SHU," Latina began. "The group brings a wide variety of talents that will have a positive impact on our program."

Cephas is currently at Bosco Institute, where he concluded his final season scoring 14.0 points a game and 6.0 rebounds. The forward registered 1.5 blocks per game. He also shot 51-percent from the field while knocking down 38-percent of his tries from long-range.

"Myles is long and athletic," said Latina. "Along with is ability to play down low, he will stretch the floor with his ability to hit from behind the arc."

Clarke is a senior at Pope John High School where he earned New Jersey Herald First-Team honors. He led his squad to a second consecutive division championship this season, averaging 22.9 points per game. Clarke finished his career as the leading scorer in Pope John history, tallying 1,538 points. He played with the PSA Cardinals AAU program, one of the top teams in the nation.

"Aaron will give us some flexibility in the backcourt, as he can play on and off the ball," Latina said. "He has a good feel for the game and a terrific knack for scoring."

Martin graduated from Weaver High School in Hartford in 2017, where he helped lead his team to three straight state title games, and a state championship as a sophomore. His senior season he averaged 16.0 points, six rebounds and five assists per game. Martin spent last season at Woodstock Academy, helping the program to a semifinal appearance at the 2018 National Prep Championship Tournament. Martin played AAU basketball with Connecticut Basketball Club.

"Chaylyn will bring athleticism to the wing when he is on the floor," said Latina. "He has a great motor and brings some intangibles that I feel can make him an impact player over the course of his career."

Ozier graduated from Case High School in Racine where he led the state of Wisconsin in scoring as a senior. He spent the 2017-18 season at Scotland Campus Sports, in Scotland, Pa. He led that squad to the National Prep Championships where he scored 39 points in a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Putnam Science Academy.

"Koreem is the type of scorer that can provide points from anywhere on the floor," said Latina. "Combine his scoring ability with his competitiveness and leadership qualities, and I expect Koreem to make an immediate impact on our program."

Parker was a three-year starter at Jesuit High School, leading the Crusaders to 58 wins, a Metro League Championship, and two state tournament appearances. He scored 1,451 points over his career and as a senior scored 25.5 points per game, the highest total at Jesuit in the last 28 years. Parker spent last season at The Tilton School where he set the single-season and single-game record for assists.

"Cam is a high-energy point guard that thrives on making his teammates better," said Latina. "He is an elite passer, with great vision and a natural feel for the game."

Pfaffenberger attends Episcopal High School, leading the squad to a 19-9 record this season as he averaged 10.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he was a part of the Episcopal squad that won a state championship.

"Zach is a strong, physical forward that is going to help us right away with his defending and rebounding," said Latina. "He runs the floor well and has a good touch on his jump shot, making him a tough matchup for opponents."

The Pioneers return five players that saw action, during the 2017-18 season, including the leading scorer, Sean Hoehn (13.1 ppg). Adding to the mix of newcomers that will be available is Jarel Spellman, who served his year in residence last season, having transferred from Florida Southern.

 

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