Masiello Announces Recruiting Class
NY Post Article On Recruits
Riverdale, NY – Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello has announced the addition of five student-athletes for the 2017-2018 season. Pauly Paulicap (So., Elmont, NY), Ebube Ebube (Fr., San Juan, Puerto Rico), Nehemiah Mack (Fr., Harrisburg, PA), Patrick Strzala (Fr., Bayonne, NJ) and Warren Williams (Fr., Kingston, Jamaica) comprise the incoming class.
Coach Masiello on the Recruiting Class
"These are five guys that we feel fit our needs and what we are doing at Manhattan perfectly. We are very excited about the addition of each young man as they each bring things to the table that we are lacking and have needs for. They are all not only terrific players but also great people and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Jasper family.”
Pauly Paulicap (6-8, 220 – Forward)
Junior College: Harcum College
High School: Elmont Memorial
Will have three years of eligibility remaining …. Helped Harcum College to a 22-9 record last year … Averaged 9.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Trojans while shooting 60.2 percent from the floor … Notched double-figures in scoring on 11 occasions, including a season-high 25 points vs. John A. Logan.
Coach Masiello on Paulicap:
“Pauly is one of the hardest playing young men that I have ever seen. He is not only a terrific basketball player but also a phenomenal person. I can't tell you how excited I am about his addition to the program. He gives us another front line presence that we have missed over the last few years as he is a max-effort player that has terrific athleticism and shot blocking skills.
Ebube Ebube (6-7, 220 – Forward)
Prep School: Lawrenceville Academy (NJ)
High School: Episcopal (VA)
Played a postgraduate year at the Lawrenceville Academy, helping the Big Red to a 14-11 record … Averaged 13.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as a senior at Episcopal High School while helping the Maroons to a 25-4 record and a State Championship … As junior, registered 14.2 points and 8.9 rebounds each time out … Has represented Puerto Rico at National Team tournaments.
Coach Masiello on Ebube:
“Ebube is an extremely versatile player that can play three positions and has a basketball IQ that is off the charts. He shoots the ball well, has great length and being a lefty causes match-up problems for the opposition. We are very excited about him as he comes from a terrific prep school and a talented coach in Ronnie Cain.”
Nehemiah Mack (6-1, 160 – Guard)
Prep School: Massanutten Military Academy
High School: Susquehanna Township
Mack played a postgraduate year at the Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia … Prior to that the Keystone State native scored nearly 1,200 points over three years and was a two-time, first-team PennLive Big 15 all-star at Susquehanna Township while helping the Indians to the 2014 Class AAA Championship Game.
Coach Masiello on Mack:
“We are very excited about the addition of Bud as he gives us depth in the backcourt and will be playing both the one and the two thanks to his strong frame and ability to shoot the basketball. We see him as someone that will fit in immediately with the program.”
Patrick Strzala (6-5, 185 – Guard)
High School: Bayonne
Averaged 26.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game with 11 double-doubles for Bayonne last year … Scored at least 20 points on 17 occasions, including at least 30 seven times and 40 in three games … NJ.Com All-Group 4 First Team selection … Helped the Bees to the NJSIAA Tournament First Round
Coach Masiello on Strzala
“Patrick is a high-level, elite shooter that is as good as there is in the country. We are very excited about his ability to come in and contribute right away. He has great size and we expect him to be a guy that impacts the program immediately.”
Warren Williams (6-9, 250 – Forward)
High School: St. Benedict's Prep
Helped St. Benedict's Prep to a 30-4 record a year ago ... Averaged 12.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 3.0 bpg.
Coach Masiello on Williams:
“Warren is a big strong physical young man that comes from a great man and program in Mark Taylor and St. Benedict's. We are extremely excited about his future as he will continue to get better. He is a low post threat that we have been missing and is a guy that we feel really comfortable in throwing the ball to inside and having positive things come.”
Manhattan, which has won two of the last four MAAC Championships, returns 81.0 percent of its scoring and 73.2 percent of its rebounding next year and now has 14 student-athletes for the 2017-2018 season:
Seniors (4): Crawford, Turner, Waterman, R. Williams
Juniors (3): Capuano, Ojo, Usilo
Sophomores (3): Maloney, Paulicap, Walker Jr.
Freshmen (4): Ebube, Mack, Strzala, W. Williams