Jordan Brand Classic participant Jarvis Haywood (G/Charlotte, N.C.) leads the Dolphins’ new class which includes guard Marcellous Bell (Hyattsville, Md.), forwards Kordario Fleming (Memphis Tenn.), Dylan Fritsch (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Javon Dawson (Cordele, Ga.) and center Tyler Alderman (Fishers, Ind.).
“With all of the new guys, I am really eager to see how they are going to play in a game atmosphere,” JU head coach Cliff Warren said. “They have been here for summer school which has been rewarding and beneficial to be able to physically work with them on the basketball court. They have all taken to instruction very well, are good listeners and have been getting along like a family.”
Haywood (6-4, 185) averaged 23 points a contest as senior in leading Harding High School to a 23-5 overall record and 8-4 mark in conference play. In April, he led the West squad with 17 points and three steals in a 84-82 loss during the Jordan Brand Classic regional game. Harding was ranked as high as 15th in the state during the 2011-12 season.
“Jarvis brings toughness and an ability to score the ball in bunches,” Warren said.
Bell (5-11, 175) helped DeMatha Catholic High School post a 30-6 record as a senior en route to the program’s 21st team title. He averaged 19.7 points a contest in helping the cause.
“Marcellous comes from DeMatha Catholic High School outside of Washington DC,” Warren said. “His work ethic is outstanding. He is a very good three-point shooter. I look forward to him playing a couple different positions.”
Fleming (6-6, 210) was a standout at Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tenn. As a senior, he helped his school to a 30-2 overall record and a 12-1 mark in league play.
“Kordario is a very tough, hard-nose player with the ability to play both forward positions,” Warren said. “He thrives in doing the dirty work that needs to be done.”
Fritsch (6-5, 170) guided Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., to a Region IX Championship for a berth into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament during the 2011-12 season. He averaged 10.2 points a game in 32 contests.
“Dylan is an extremely accurate three-point shooter with range,” Warren said. “He has size, length and athleticism.”
Dawson (6-6, 260) recorded posted 96 points and 70 boards in 31 games last season for the University of Utah. He also posted 11 steals and 10 assists. Dawson was an all-conference and all-freshman selection at Gulf Coast Community College in 2009-10 after posting 8.1 points a contest and leading the squad in rebounds (7.3)
“Javon is a big, strong aggressive post player with great feet and great hands. We look forward to him bringing his added size and strength to our program.”
Alderman (6-9, 235) helped Fishers High School to a 7-2 mark in league play during his senior season.
“Tyler fills a need for us in the post,” Warren said. “He is fundamentally sound and can score around the basket with either hand.”
The Dolphins open the 2012-13 season at Georgia Nov. 9, in Athens, Ga.
2012-13 Men’s Basketball Signees
|Marcellous Bell||G||5-11||175||Fr.||Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic HS|
|Jarivs Haywood||G||6-4||185||Fr.||Charlotte, N.C./Harding HS|
|Dylan Fritsch||F||6-5||170||Jr.||Albuquerque, N.M./Otero JC|
|Kordario Fleming||F||6-6||210||Fr.||Memphis, Tenn./Ridgeway HS|
|Tyler Alderman||C||6-9||235||Fr.||Fishers, Ind./Fishers HS|
|Javon Dawson||F||6-6||260||Jr.||Cordele, Ga./Utah|