LEWISBURG, Pa. – Head coach Pat Flannery has announced that three student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Bucknell beginning in 2008-09. Enoch Andoh, a 6’8” forward from San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty); Bryan Cohen, a 6’5” guard from Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (Abington Friends); and Probese Leo, a 6’9” native of the Bahamas who now plays at St. Pius X High School in Houston will all become Bison next season.
“These three student-athletes fit the model of Bucknell University,” said Flannery. “Our staff identified and recruited three quality young men who are all very good students. Each of them comes from outstanding basketball programs that play against top competition. That should prepare them well for the type of schedule that we play. None of them will be in awe when the lights go on for the first time. Our main priorities are to make sure they can handle our schedule and our course load, and we feel like all three can do that.”
Andoh projects as a low-post player, where at 6’8”, 235 pounds the coaching staff feels he has the size to compete at the college level. Andoh comes from one of the best prep programs in the state of California. Archbishop Mitty was the Division 2 state runner-up last year, and with four Division I early signees in the lineup this season, including UCLA-bound Drew Gordon, the program began the season ranked No. 15 in the USA Today national high school rankings. Andoh, who averaged 7.6 rebounds per game last season, played two seasons at Salpointe Catholic H.S. in Tucson, Ariz., where he was named the regional player of the year before moving to San Jose. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Andoh’s father is a civil engineer.
“Enoch Andoh is a big key to this class because he is a rugged player who can bang with other big men, he knows how to play in the post,” said Flannery. “He comes from a great program in California, and we feel he can be a perfect fit in a position that is very important in our system. Enoch has an opportunity to come in and help us because he is active enough to step away from the basket, but what he really likes to do is mix it up inside.”
Cohen averaged 12.9 points per game and nearly eight rebounds per game as a junior at Abington Friends School, and he will soon join a long line of Bison cagers from the Philadelphia area. The hard-working Cohen is a two-time First Team All-Friends League selection, and he helped lead the Kangaroos to three league championship game appearances, including one league title in 2006. He is serving as a team captain this season, following in the footsteps of his older brother Aron, who now plays at Penn.
“Bryan is a 6’5” wing who really handles the basketball well enough to play the one, two or three positions,” praised Flannery. “Any time you can recruit a player from Philadelphia, you know you are getting someone with good toughness, who has gone up against other great players. He has played good competition both in high school and in the summer in AAU ball. Bryan is a very good decision-maker on the floor. He knows how to play the game. He has a nose for the ball and can score.”
Born and raised in the Bahamas, Leo left the islands with little organized basketball experience to attend high school at St. Pius X in Houston, Texas prior to his junior year. Even in his first year playing American basketball, the 6’9”, 210-pounder was a starter on a team that won the private school state championship last season, and his team is currently ranked No. 6 in the greater Houston area. Leo worked out with Hakeem Olajuwon last summer in addition to playing a full summer with the Houston Hoopstars AAU team and has rapidly improved his skills.
“Probese is a guy who we looked at during the July period, and he quickly caught our eye,” said Flannery. “He is extremely athletic, one of those rare 6’9” players who can run. He is a player with the kind of potential where we are so excited to think about where he could end up. He is very long and he wants to score. Probese really gives us a different dimension.”
The Bucknell men’s basketball team is coming off a 67-66 victory over La Salle on Monday, and the Bison are in a break period for final exams before resuming their schedule on Dec. 16 at Wake Forest.