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FAU Men’s Basketball Team Ink Five in Spring Signing


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                                                                                                    FAU Men’s Basketball Team Ink Five in Spring Signing
                                                                                                                            Players to Join Squad in Fall 2012

BOCA RATON, FL (July 11, 2012) – The Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball program and head coach Mike Jarvis have announced the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent. Cavon Baker, Javier LaCunza, Justin Raffington, DeVonte Thornton and Jackson Trapp will all study at FAU and join the Owls in 2012-13.  The quintet adds to an already stellar recruiting class that includes Parade All-American Stefan Moody (Kissimmee/Poinciana High School) and former Florida 3A Player of the Year Chris Bryant (Tallahassee/Fishburne Military Academy), both of whom signed letters of intent in the fall.  “This is an outstanding class in terms of quality, size, length and diversity of skill sets. This group can do a lot of different things,” said Jarvis. “I’m really excited about this class and couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Baker (Queens, New York) is a 6-foot-1-inch combination guard who will come to Boca Raton from New Hope Academy in Maryland. While at New Hope, Baker helped the team to a 30-4 record and will add depth to the Owls’ backcourt. “I hope he will be a prototypical New York point guard, which means he gets after it, competes and knows what it takes to win,” said Jarvis. “He has that New York state of mind and toughness. He’s a very athletic and versatile player that can play both guard positions but still has a lot of room for improvement.”

LaCunza is a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Spain who averaged 13.7 points and 12 rebounds a game while playing at Hudson Falls (New York) high school as a foreign exchange student as a junior. He had a 31 point, 20 rebound performance while at Hudson Falls. He averaged 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists a game as a senior playing in Spain.  “Javier is a kid we got to know due to Jorge Sanz, our director of basketball operations. He’s from Spain, but played a year high school basketball here in America. He brings a European style to the team,” Jarvis said. “He can shoot, dribble and has the potential to be a very dangerous all-around player. He wants to get better and wants to win. He was to improve on the court in addition to getting a degree.”

Thornton will join the Owls in the fall as a freshman. He averaged 19 points and six rebounds a game as a senior at Marietta-Osborne High School while helping the Cardinals to their first state playoff appearance in a decade. “Devonte is Mr. Personality who wants to own his own company someday. He plays really hard and will cause a lot of problems for opponents with his length and height, while still having the ability to play guard,” said Jarvis. “He’s a very confident young man, who still needs to get a little stronger. Because there are so many talented kids in the Atlanta area, a lot of them go underrecruited and I think Devonte is one of those kids.”

Trapp is a 6-foot-4-inch guard that originally signed with Winthrop, but was released after a coaching change. Trapp will be joining his Fishburne Military Academy teammate Chris Bryant on the Owls’ 2012-13 roster. As a senior at Lake Highland Prep, Trapp averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 rebounds while making 37 percent of his three point shots. “We were fortunate enough to find Jackson while he was playing in prep school alongside Chris [Bryant]. He’s a very intriguing player in terms of talent,” said Jarvis. “He can handle the ball but has made his name as a shooter in addition to being 6-foot-4. He can play multiple positions, and I think he’ll show up ready to play. He’s a very good student and we are very high on him.”

Raffington appeared in 54 games in two seasons at the University of San Francisco, averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in that time. He will be able to practice with the team, but will have to sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules and then be able to join the team on the court for the 2013-14 season.  "Justin has a big body, rebounds well and has good skills. He played behind a couple of really good big guys at San Francisco in a system that really didn’t fit his style. I saw him play internationally and with his club team, I believe he’s going to pleasantly surprise a lot of people. He will be able to compete with and against our big men. He’s also a very good student.”

With the exception of Harrington, all signees will be eligible to play right away and are expected to compete for playing time on a team that will have to replace seven players off of the 2011-12 roster.


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This should be a good season. Looking forward to it.

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im excited for some round ball... and the NY Jets.

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Owl2Doc said

This should be a good season. Looking forward to it.

That sounds very similar to what we were all saying last year.

GO OWLS!
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dusky256fc said

Owl2Doc said

This should be a good season. Looking forward to it.

That sounds very similar to what we were all saying last year.

Very true.

I was getting the feeling like this team is basically brand new so I checked out the 2012-2013 roster…


2011-2012 Roster Leftovers (8 guys):


3 Dragan Sekelja 7-0 255 C JR Zagreb, Croatia (Baylor)
4 Andre Mattison 6-7 220 F JR Washington D.C. (Coolidge HS)
13 Jelani Floyd 6-8 225 F GS Chicago, IL (UC-Davis)
21 Jordan McCoy 6-6 185 F JR Orlando, FL (Olympia HS)
22 Greg Gantt 6-2 205 G JR Gainesville, FL (Gainesville HS)
25 Pablo Bertone 6-4 198 G SO Arroyito, Argentina (RISE Academy (PA))
44 Kelvin Penn 6-6 225 F FR Steilacoom, WA (Massahutten Military Academy)
Austin Hunt 6-2 162 G FR Miami, FL (Palmetto HS)      who?

Never heard of Austin Hunt, must be a walk-on, so technically 8 guys. FAU bio says, "First team All-Division selection at Miami-Palmetto HS, playing for Armando Gonzalez. Started Dade vs. Broward County All-Star team." Okay.

Incoming (7 guys):

Stefan Moody
Chris Bryant
Cavon Baker
Javier LaCunza
Justin Raffington
DeVonte Thornton
Jackson Trapp

15 guys. Raffington has to sit out this season, I believe.

Basically half this team will be new. Not sure what that will mean for the team dynamic, but it'll be interesting!

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Could be another if 6-3 Spanish PG Carles Marzo passes his entrance requirements…

Speaking of Spanish, hope yours is up to par when checking out This Link on his current status as an Owl.

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I think it says that he's going to drink Florida Atlantic University…they may have called us a junior college and one thing I'm taking from this article is that rebounds are called "rebots"…awesome!!!
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Coach J. is trying to pull of a MTSU himself, with half the roster being new (last season MTSU has over half the roster being new). Can't hurt, last years "chemistry" was awful. What a dissappointing season they had. Hope Coach can pull it off!
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This better be the year because waiting till next year is getting old.

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TeamBeer said

I think it says that he's going to drink Florida Atlantic University…they may have called us a junior college and one thing I'm taking from this article is that rebounds are called "rebots"…awesome!!!

It says he played for Barcelona B squad and will join Javier Lacunza at FAU, another of Jarvis' recruits.

It also says if he does not pass his entrance exam, then he will attend a junior college. It does not call us a junior college.


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