St Francis men’s basketball finalizes 2014-15 roster

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St. Francis announced the arrival of three new players on Thursday and has now officially set its roster for the 2014-15 season. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

The St. Francis College men’s basketball team is officially set for the 2014-15 season after it announced on Thursday the arrival of three new players, freshman forward Keon Williams, and transfer students Jonathan Doss and Antonio Jenifer, bringing the total new players coming into this season at seven.

“I’m extremely excited that we were able to add Keon, Jon, and Antonio at the late signing period and I believe that all three will contribute to our success,” said Braica. ¬†“They each possess a good feel for the game and are student-athletes who will fit in well with our program.”

Those three players will join a group of seven players new to the school including Tyreek Jewell, a 6-foot-3 guard out of the Bronx, Chris Hooper, a 6-foot-5 forward out of Manhattan, Glenn Sanabria, a 5-foot-11 guard from Staten Island, and Gunnar Olafsson, a 6-foot-2 guard from Iceland.

The 6-foot-4 Williams comes from John Hardin High School in Kentucky where he finished fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list with more than 1,000 career points. He averaged 18.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.9 blocks per game last season on the way to back-to-back district and regional championships. He also took part in the Kentucky/Indiana All-Star boys contest.

Doss, a 6-foot-4, should be helpful in replacing Ben Mockford‘s excellent shot as he shot 40 percent from behind the arc last season when he averaged 18.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game at Eastern Wyoming Community College.

Finally there is Jenifer, a 6-foot-8 NJCAA All-American out of Hagerstown Community College. He averaged 21 points and 8.0 rebounds per game last season and won the Region XX championship two years ago.

Big changes are coming to St. Francis. In addition to its three graduating seniors Mockford, Aleksandar Isailovic and Matt Milk, four other players, Wayne Martin, P.J. Santavenere, Sheldon Hagigal, and Anthony White, have all left the school following a scandal last season. It’s really a shame because the Terriers¬†seemed right on the cusp of being a very good team. They still have a solid core including Jalen Cannon and Brent Jones, but these are big changes.

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