Men's Basketball Announces Class of 2012

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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 2012. Five players will join the Quaker program as freshmen for the 2007-08 season.

“Our coaching staff is pleased with the talent level and upside this class brings to our basketball program,” said Miller, who will enter his third season at the helm in 2008-09. “The group includes players at all positions and has a few players who can play in multiple spots. We have managed to improve our versatility, physical strength and competitiveness. As a result, practices will be spirited and will better reflect game conditions. We are looking forward to what we believe will be an exciting and successful season.”

In assembling his second recruiting class at Penn, Miller and his staff stayed local to pick up Larry Loughery (Gwynedd Valley, Pa.), who attended St. Joseph’s Prep before attending the Academy of the New Church this past year. Miller also went up the road to North Jersey to land Zack Rosen (Colonia, N.J.), who played on a St. Benedict’s team that was ranked No. 1 for a portion of the 2006-07 season and finished that season ranked fifth nationally by USA Today. Mike Howlett (Amesbury, Mass.) has spent the last two years at New Hampton School in New Hampshire after earning All-Scholastic honors at St. John’s Prep in Massachusetts. Garvin Hunt is a relative newcomer to the game, playing the last few years at Sagemont Upper School in Florida after growing up in the Bahamas. Finally, Rob Belcore comes from the Midwest, where he starred for a Loyola Academy team that has won four consecutive regional championships in the Chicago suburbs.

Penn enters the 2008-09 season with all but three players back from a squad that went 8-6 in the Ivy League and finished third in the Ancient Eight, despite having by far the youngest and most inexperienced roster in the conference. The Quakers return the Ivy League and Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year in Tyler Bernardini, but must replace Brian Grandieri who was a second-team All-Ivy and All-Big 5 selection in 2007-08.

PENN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE CLASS OF 2012

Rob Belcore
6-6, 215
Lake Forest, Ill.
Loyola Academy
High School:
Team captain as a senior ... Three-time all-conference selection ... As a senior, led Ramblers to 20-10 record and fourth straight regional title ... Wheeling Christmas Tournament MVP ... All-tournament at Mundelein Thanksgiving Tournament ... As a junior, played on team that went 28-2 (school record) and won Chicago Catholic League and regional championships ... Belcore’s sophomore year, Loyola went 27-4 and won regional crown.
Personal: Born Robert William Belcore ... Son of Deb and Len Belcore ... Will enroll in Wharton.

Mike Howlett
6-9, 215
Amesbury, Mass.
New Hampton (N.H.)
High School:
Played his high school ball at St. John’s Prep, before taking two years at New Hampton ... McDonald’s All-America nominee ... Won a Catholic Conference title with St. John’s Prep in 2006 ... 2006 Catholic Conference Co-MVP ... 2006 Boston Herald All-Scholastic ... Honor roll student ... Headmaster’s List at New Hampton.
Personal: Born Michael Christopher Howlett on Sept. 21, 1987 ... Son of Leslie and Jay Howlett ... Father played football at Holy Cross ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Garvin Hunt
6-10, 230
Freeport, Bahamas
Sagemont Upper School (Fla.)
High School:
Captain of his basketball team ... National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member ... 2008 Pinnacle Award recipient.
Personal: Born Garvin V. Hunt on Sept. 20, 1988 ... Son of Vernae and Winslow Hunt ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Larry Loughery
6-6, 210
Gwynedd Valley, Pa.
Academy of the New Church
High School:
Lettered three times in basketball at St. Joseph’s Prep before spending the 2007-08 season at Academy of the New Church ... Team captain ... Helped ANC to 2008 Friends League and Pennsylvania Independent School titles, and a 26-2 overall record ... At St. Joseph’s, part of two Catholic League Southern Division championship teams ... All-league selection three times as a high schooler ... Certificate of Merit (Human Biology) at ANC.
Personal: Born Lawrence Francis Loughery, Jr. on Aug. 10, 1989 ... Son of Diane and Larry Loughery ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Zack Rosen
6-1, 175
Colonia, N.J.
St. Benedict’s Prep
High School:
Lettered four years in basketball, playing two years at St. Benedict’s after transferring in from Colonia HS ... Team captain ... Led St. Benedict’s prep team to state prep title in 2007-08 ... In 2006-07, played on St. Benedict’s varsity team that was 24-1 and ranked fifth in the nation by USA Today (after holding a No. 1 ranking during the season) ... In 2005-06, helped Colonia to 21-6 mark and Greater Middlesex County title ... Two-time first-team all-state prep at St. Benedict’s ... First-team all-county in 2004-05 at Colonia ... Third-team all-county in 2003-04 ... Also lettered twice in baseball at Colonia, earning second-team all-county ... National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Zachary Saul Rosen ... Son of Karen and Les Rosen ... Will enroll in Wharton.