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HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore has announced the 2014-15 recruiting class, with five student-athletes set to join the program.
Giovanni McLean (Bronx, N.Y.), Chaise Daniels (Meriden, Conn.), Samuel Dingba (Yaoundé, Cameroon), George Dimitri Floras (Nashua, N.H.) and Ayron Hutton (Virginia Beach, Va.) have all signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Quinnipiac basketball program this fall.
"I am very excited about our 2014-15 recruiting class," Moore said. "We have signed five outstanding young men who will help us continue to compete at a high level as we transition to the MAAC, one of the best mid-major conferences in the country. These young men all come from winning programs and have been well-coached and well-prepared for the challenges ahead. I think we have great balance in this class and these student-athletes fill needs in both the backcourt and the frontcourt."
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
High School/Previous School: Bronx Regional High School/Westchester CC
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 205
Position: Point Guard
McLean became a high-value prospect this winter attracting offers from Big 12 and BIG EAST schools; however eventually found a home at Quinnipiac. The 6-foot-1 Bronx Regional graduate became a hot commodity after averaging 16.8 points, 7.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game for Westchester Community College, who advanced to the 2014 NJCAA Division I National Tournament. In the Region XV title game, which sent WCC to the National Tournament, McLean had 13 points and 12 assists against zero turnovers in a 77-73 win over Harcum College. In the tournament's opening round McLean netted a season-high 34 points (13-20 FG) and seven assists in a thrilling double-overtime loss to Wallace State Community College.
After graduating from Bronx Regional High School, McLean enjoyed a one-year stay at Moberly Community College in Missouri. He averaged 9.1 points in 26 games for the Greyhounds in 2011-12. The following season he was forced to sit out due to injury, but bounced back nicely at WCC. In his final season at Bronx Regional, McLean was dominant. He averaged 21.8 points and 5.6 assists per game, while making 25 3-pointers in eight regular-season games. He was also 31-of-33 from the free-throw line.
What Moore Says About Giovanni…
"Giovanni McLean from Westchester Community College is a strong point guard who led his team to the National Junior College Tournament in Kansas this past season. Gio brings great experience, toughness, and playmaking ability to our backcourt. He is a proven big-game player who is terrific in the open court but also can shoot well from three-point range."
Hometown: Meriden, Conn.
High School/Previous School: Hillhouse High School/Putnam Science Academy
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 220
The first local Connecticut product since the 2010-11 season, Daniels brings size, strength and athleticism to the nation's top rebounding front court. Daniels spent four years at Hillhouse High School where the 6-foot-8 forward led the Academics to 26-1 record and a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class LL Title in 2013. It was the team's second consecutive championship appearance as Daniels was rewarded for his efforts and named to the 2013 CIAC All-State Team at the end of the season. Last year, Daniels attended Putnam Science Academy which also culminated in tremendous fashion with a 29-5 record and an appearance in the semifinals of the National Prep School Championships.
In addition to basketball in high school and prep school, Daniels drew attention as a member of the Connecticut Select AAU Basketball Team. He was outstanding at the Hall of Fame National Invitational Tournament in Springfield last July, earning a selection to the All-Tournament team. Daniels, who was also an Honor Roll student, intends on majoring in criminal justice at Quinnipiac.
What Moore Says About Chaise…
"Chaise Daniels is a local product by way of Hillhouse High School in New Haven and Putnam Science Prep School. He is a long 6-8 inside player who could make an immediate contribution in the low post. Chaise is a very good defender who blocks and alters shots and rebounds the ball well. He has a nice touch and can really pass out of both the low and high post. He will help continue the outstanding tradition of big men that we've had in recent years here at Quinnipiac."
Hometown: Yaoundé, Cameroon
High School: Salisbury School
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 200
A native of Yaoundé, Cameroon, Dingba came over to the United States in 2010 and attended The Salisbury School in Connecticut. Dingba has made great strides both athletically and academically since his arrival, graduating with a diploma in 2014. The 6-foot-5 forward really shined on the hardwood though, helping the team reach the NEPSAC Class A Championship in his very first year. In the 2011-12 season, Dingba again paved the path for success in a Crimson Knight NEPSAC Class A Championship Title. A year later, Dingba guided Salisbury to a third straight postseason appearance, while also earning his third straight trip to the NERR All-New England Team.
In addition to his career with the Crimson Knights, Dingba found a home with the Westchester Hawks – an AAU team located in Ardsley, N.Y. Widely known for his defensive dominance, Dingba is an outstanding shot-blocker, versatile enough to guard multiple positions, and an excellent rebounder. His long and powerful build, coupled with an incredible work ethic, made Dingba an attractive prospect to several universities.
What Moore Says About Samuel…
"Samuel Dingba comes to us from the Salisbury School in Connecticut where he was once a teammate of fellow Bobcat, Zaid Hearst. Samuel has a relentless motor as an undersized power forward. He has long arms, rebounds very well, and runs the court all game long. He should be an immediate impact player on the defensive end and as a shot blocker. He has a developing offensive game as he has really extended his range facing the basket over the last few years."
George Dimitri Floras
Hometown: Nashua, N.H.
High School/Previous School: Merrimack HS/Vermont Academy/MacDuffie School
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 190
Known to be an exceptional shooter and passer with a high basketball IQ, Floras adds depth to a loaded backcourt position for the Bobcats. Floras enjoyed three years at Merrimack High School where he led the Tomahawks to a New Hampshire Division I State Championship in 2012. Floras transferred to Vermont Academy for his final season and helped the Wildcats to a successful campaign, while earning NEPSAC Class AA Honorable Mention at season's end.
A 6-foot-1 guard from Nashua, N.H., Floras played one final season at The MacDuffie School in Massachusetts before committing to Quinnipiac. Floras again excelled on the hardwood and earned multiple end-of-the-season honors - a second consecutive NEPSAC All-Conference accolade and a trip to the All-CISAC team. Floras intends on studying business at Quinnipiac University.
What Moore Says About Dimitri…
"Dmitri Floras is a versatile combo guard that can shoot, score, and run a team. He has a very high basketball IQ and good toughness. He has played at the highest levels of AAU and the New England Prep School circuits at both The MacDuffie School and Vermont Academy and I think that has prepared him well to make an immediate contribution to our backcourt."
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
High School/Previous School: Cape Henry Collegiate School
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 180
Hutton, a 6-foot-3 guard from Virginia Beach, Va., comes to Quinnipiac from Cape Henry Collegiate School where he enjoyed a successful career on a talented team. Over his last three years, Hutton and the Dolphins amassed an 80-10 record while ranking among the top 10 in the state during the span. Last season, Hutton helped the team to a 29-4 record which was good enough for third in the state of Virginia. Hutton was named First Team All-Conference after leading the Dolphins to a TCIS Championship.
An athletic guard who handles the ball well, Hutton made an impression with his ability to make shots. Hutton has a smooth stroke with excellent mechanics, and possesses the ability to hit from the mid-range and three-point range. In addition to his experience at Cape Henry, Hutton played in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League under the direction of Boo Williams.
What Moore Says About Ayron…
"Ayron Hutton comes from an elite high school program in Cape Henry Collegiate in Virginia Beach. Ayron is a terrific shooter who can also create for others. He has very good awareness on both the offensive and defensive ends. He has great feel as a passer but I think his immediate contributions will come from making shots beyond the arc."
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team kicks off the 2014-15 campaign on Friday, November 14, 2014 against cross-town rival Yale in the sixth annual Connecticut 6 Classic at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden.
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