Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball program will welcome five newcomers to the Red and Blue this fall as the Class of 2009. There is a player for each position on the court, as the Quakers look to replace four players lost to graduation, including Ivy League Player of the Year Tim Begley.
“We are very pleased with the incoming recruiting class,” Head Coach Fran Dunphy said. “There are three perimeter players and two post position players who could each make an impact on our program, but the important thing is to see how quickly they can make the adjustment to the collegiate game. We are looking forward to the start of next season.”
Aaron Cohen is a 6-2 point guard from Abington Friends and resides in Jenkintown, Pa. Cohen earned first-team All-Friends League honors after averaging 15 points and eight assists per contest as a senior. He was also selected to play in Philadelphia’s Labor Classic.
Kevin Egee, a 6-3 guard from nearby Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa., led his team to the Central League Championship en route to being named first-team All-Delco and All-Central League. He averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game as a senior and was selected to play in Philadelphia’s Labor Classic.
A native of Silver Spring, Md., Cameron Lewis heads to the Quakers after spending a year at Philips Exeter (N.H.). While at the prep school, the 6-8 forward averaged 11.7 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was one of the top rebounders and shot blockers at the ABCD Camp.
Tommy McMahon, a 6-6 wing guard from San Mateo, Calif. (Junipero Serra), led his team to the WCAL regular season championships. He was also a member of the Junipero Serra Central Coast Section and Nor Cal Regional (Division 1) Championship squads last season. McMahon averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game and earned first-team All-League honors before being honored with Bay Area Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades.
A 6-7 forward from Park Hills, Ky., Brennan Votel will head to the northeast next fall after averaging 17 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Covington Catholic. Votel was a member of the Kentucky State Championship Sweet 16 team and he was ranked sixth in the state by the Courier-Journal. He was a “Mr. Basketball” finalist in Kentucky and was selected to play in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game.
The Quakers went 20-9 overall and won their third Ivy League Championship (13-1) in the last four years in 2004-05. Penn's eighth trip to the NCAA tournament in the last 13 years places it among elite company as only one other institution has earned its conference's automatic bid more times (Kentucky - 9), since the 1992-93 season. Penn will return seven letterwinners, which includes four starters, in 2005-06.
Written by Carla Zighelboim