WJU Basketball Recruits Nine

WHEELING – The Wheeling Jesuit men’s basketball program has finalized its recruiting class of nine for the 2013-14 campaign.

“We are extremely happy with the players that we have brought into the program for 2013-14,” Cardinals head coach Danny Sancomb said. “The future continues to be bright for WJU basketball.”

Chase Lawson, a fall signee, is a 6-foot-2 shooting guard and one of Ohio’s top 3-point bombers.

He packed the stat sheet for Sardinia Eastern High School last season, averaging 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals, leading the squad to an impressive 22-3 record. Lawson was named 3rd Team All-State Ohio (D IV), 1st team all district, and 1st team all conference. Prep Spotlight ranked him as the 8th best shooting guard in Ohio’s 2013 class.

Matt Stewart was the Cardinals other fall signee. Stewart is a 6-5, 215-pound physical forward who averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, and over 2 steals a game. He is a two-time WPIAL AAAA 1st Team All-Section, a two-time Tribune Review “Terrific Ten” pick, and was selected for the Pittsburgh Roundball Classic. Matt was ranked the #2 small forward in Western PA and the 8th ranked Western PA player overall by the Pittsburgh Basketball Report.

The spring signing period brought seven new faces to the program.

The Cards received some local flavor with the signing of 6-6, 245-pound forward Mark Winters. The 1st Team All-State player from Magnolia averaged 29 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals per game as he led Magnolia HS to a 21-5 record. The McDonald’s All-American nominee was also named first-team OVAC, first-team All-Valley, and was third in the West Virginia Player of the Year voting.

The Cardinals’ frontcourt was finalized with the addition of Kyle Ritz. Ritz, a 6-7, 205-pound forward from Cambridge, averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds while leading the team to an 18-6 record and league championship. He shot 61 percent from the field, 72 percent from the foul line, and 37 percent from beyond the arc. Kyle was a 2nd Team All-State Ohio selection (DII), and was selected to the 1st team for District 12, Eastern District, and East Central Ohio League. He was also tabbed ECOL Player of the Year. Along with his athletic accomplishments, Ritz also boasts a 3.9 GPA.

The Cards received some much-needed point guard help with the signing of Francisco Santiago, a 6-1 combo guard from St. Ignatius (Cleveland) High School. Santiago had a spectacular senior year, spearheading the power to a 21-4 record while playing one of the toughest schedules in the state. He averaged 16 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals per game. Santiago’s breakout senior campaign earned him the Northeast Ohio Player of the Year award. He also was a 1st Team All-State Ohio (Division I) selection.

The Cards broke into Michigan to get Jared Scott-Ombima, an athletic 6-5 forward from University of Detroit Jesuit High School. Scott-Ombima ignited the squad to a 19-5 season, a league championship, and a district championship. After averaging nine points and eight rebounds for the Detroit power, Jared garnered All-Catholic League honors.

Zach Lawson, a 6-5 forward from a Roanoke, Virginia, led North Cross High School to a 21-7 record this past season. The senior team captain averaged 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists while helping his team reach the Virginia State Championship game.

Jack Schanne, a 6-1 guard, will also join the Cardinals’ recruiting class. Schanne comes from Aquinas Academy in Delaware and will provide help in the backcourt. He averaged 16 points per game and was a first- team all-conference selection.

Rounding out the class is Mooyoung Lim from Hartnell Community College in Salinas, California. The 6-foot combo guard will add depth to the Cardinals’ backcourt.