Men’s College Basketball
Rider Signs Two
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Rider University men’s basketball team has signed a pair of recruits for the 2014-15 season.
Josh Williams of Trenton, a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame High School and current student at the St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, CT, and Kenny Grant of East Orange, NJ, a 2012 graduate of East Orange High School who is in his second year at the Hyde School in Woodstock, CT, have signed national letters of intent to further their education and basketball careers at Rider, Rider head coach Kevin Baggett announced.
‘We’re very happy to be able to sign these two outstanding young men in the early signing period,” said Baggett, who guided Rider to a 19-win season in 2012-13, his first year as the Bronc head coach. “We’re looking to sign a third recruit in the next signing period as well.”
Williams is a 6’6”, 170 pound wing who averaged 17.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 3.8 blocks and 2.1 steals per game for Notre Dame as a senior, leading his squad to a program-best 24-5 record and a second Mercer county Championship.
“Josh is a versatile player who is able to score inside and outside,” Baggett said. “He’s going to be very good for us. He’s athletic and long, with a seven foot wing span. It’s nice to have a local product on our roster.”
A First Team All-Colonial Valley Conference selection, Williams was also a Third Team All-Non-Public League selection. As a junior Williams averaged 11.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.9 steals and 4.3 blocks per game at Notre Dame.
Grant, a 6’9”, 235 pound power forward, averaged 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last year at Hyde, shooting 50 percent from the field. He led Hyde to the Class C NEPSAC semifinals.
“Grant will play center for us and will be a very valuable part of our team next year,” Baggett said. “We’re going to need him to come in and contribute right away and he is more than capable of doing that. He’s a tough kid.”
Grant also excelled on his AAU team, Sports U. A fine all-around athlete, Grant led the Hyde football team to a 6-2 record as the team MVP, earning First Team All-Evergreen League honors as a defensive end.