PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Glen Miller, has announced his recruits for the Class of 2011. Six players will join the Quaker program as freshmen for the 2007-08 season.
“I am very pleased with our incoming freshman class,” said Miller. “We managed to fulfill our positional needs, while also adding athleticism and versatility to blend in nicely with our returning players and fit into our style of play here at Penn. This group has players who possess the potential to contribute immediately.”
In assembling his first recruiting class at Penn, Miller and his staff plucked three players from California: swingman Tyler Bernardini (Carlsbad), point guard Harrison Gaines (Victorville), and forward Conor Turley (La Canada). The Quakers also picked up the runner-up for the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year in guard Remy Cofield (Newton); nabbed guard/forward Danny Monckton from the Chicago suburb of Glenview; and added forward Jack Eggleston of Noblesville, Ind., who played his high school ball in Florida.
Penn enters the 2007-08 season having won three-straight Ivy League titles and appeared in the last three NCAA Tournaments. Last year, the Quakers went 22-9 overall and 13-1 in the Ivy League. However, they must replace three three-year starters in the lineup, including two-time Ivy League Player of the Year Ibrahim Jaaber at guard and two-time first-team All-Ivy selection Mark Zoller at forward.
PENN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE CLASS OF 2011
High School: Four-year letterwinner in basketball ... Team captain as a senior ... High school coach was Jim Tomey ... Team won league championships in 2007 (28-4 record) and 2004 ... 2007 Coastal South Player of the Year ... First-team all-state (Division IV) and all-league ... First-team All-CIF ... San Diego All-Star Game MVP ... Youth Outstanding Scholar Athlete Achievement Award ... Honorable mention all-league as a junior ... Honor roll student.
Personal: Born Tyler S. Bernardini on Dec. 6, 1988 in San Bernardino, Calif. ... Son of Melanie and Michael Bernardini ... Will enroll in Wharton.
High School: Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain of basketball at Roxbury Latin ... High school coach was Tony Teixeira ... Independent School League (ISL) Co-MVP ... McDonald’s All-America nominee ... Runner-up for 2007 Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year ... Four-time All-ISL.
Personal: Born Remington Alexander Cofield on Feb. 2, 1989 ... Son of Kimberly Smith-Cofield and Gerald Cofield ... Brother, Corey Lee, played basketball at William & Mary ... Uncle, Eric Smith, played football at New Hampshire ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
High School: Lettered in basketball, lacrosse and golf at St. Thomas Aquinas ... Captain of basketball team as a senior ... High school coach was Steve Strand ... Team won district titles in 2006 (20-8 record) and 2007 (22-6) ... Third-team all-county as a senior ... Honorable mention all-county as a junior ... All-tournament at 2006 Kreul Classic ... Third-team all-county selection in lacrosse ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born John Thomas Eggleston on Dec. 9, 1988 ... Son of Kathy and Tom Eggleston ... Father played a year of basketball at Dartmouth ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
High School: Four-year letterwinner and three-year captain ... High school coach was Mike Browning ... Ended career as high school’s all-time leading scorer (2,086 points); broke record as a junior ... Helped team to three-consecutive Mojave River League titles ... Team went 48-9 during his final two seasons ... As a junior, rated the No. 2 point guard in southern California by the Los Angeles Times and the No. 3 point guard on the West Coast by scouthoops.com ... Three-time Mojave River League MVP ... Three-time Daily Press Player of the Year ... Three-time first-team All-CIF ... 2006-07 Citrus Belt Athlete of the Year ... San Bernardino Sun All-County First Team as a senior, second team as a junior, third team as a sophomore ... Two-time MVP of DCB Diamondback Shootout ... Two-time Adidas Superstar Camp invitee ... 2006 IEBP Spring League Platinum Division MVP ... Listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students ... National Society of High School Scholars ... Special Olympics volunteer (2005) ... High Desert Ballers volunteer youth coach.
Personal: Born Harrison Burwell Gaines on April 27, 1989 ... Son of Stephanie and Harry Gaines ... Cousin, Sean Burwell, played tailback for the Oregon football team from 1990-93 ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
High School: Three-year letterwinner in both basketball and football ... Captain of both ... High school basketball coaches were John Meyer and Scott Nemecek ... Basketball team won regional title in 2006 and Central Suburban League (CSL) titles in 2005 and 2006 ... Named all-conference in 2005-06 ... Earned all-conference honors in football for CSL champions as a senior ... Honor roll student.
Personal: Born Daniel William Monckton III on March 21, 1989 ... Son of Mary and Daniel Monckton ... Father played basketball at William & Mary ... Uncle, Tony Lehman, played basketball at Miami (Ohio) and was a McDonald’s All-Star in high school ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
La Canada, Calif.
High School: Lettered four times in basketball from 2002-05 ... High school coach was Terry Kelly ... As a senior, averaged 17.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 assists as Campbell Hall went 32-0 overall and won the CIF State Division IV championship ... Earned CalHiSports first-team all-state (Division IV) ... CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA Co-Player of the Year ... First-team all-league (Alpha League) ... Los Angeles Times All-Region (San Fernando Valley) ... Daily News First-Team All-Area ... MVP of Oak Park Varsity Tournament and Campbell Hall Coaches vs. Cancer Classic ... All-tournament at Father Lopez Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. ... Averaged 8.8 points and 6.8 rebounds as a junior, helping Campbell Hall to CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA quarterfinal round ... Earned second-team all-league (Delphic League) ... As a sophomore, helped team to CIF Southern Section Division IV-A final ... Team won Delphic League championships in 2003 and 2004, and Alpha League title in 2005 ... California Scholastic Federation member ... Cum Laude Society member.
Personal: Born Conor Ryan Turley on Oct. 7, 1986 in Glendale, Calif. ... Son of Victoria and Douglas Turley ... Mother was on Brigham Young ski team ... Brother, Dutch, played water polo at BYU-Hawaii ... Brother, Kurt, played baseball most recently at Brigham Young ... Served a two-year Mormon mission from August 2005-August 2007, Illinois Chicago South Mission (Spanish speaking) ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.