Men's Basketball Announces Class of 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Jerome Allen, has announced his freshman class for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

All six members of the recruited class are on campus and getting ready for the preseason leading up to the season opener on Saturday, Nov. 15 against Delaware State.

“We are excited to have not only the collection of talent, but also the collection of character that our freshmen possess,” said Allen, who enters his fifth full season as the program’s head coach. “They cover six different states, and they represent six different paths and six different stories. They combine the perfect fusion of talent and character. As a staff, we are excited and appreciative to have the opportunity to watch this group grow in all aspects of life over the next four years.”

MIKE AUGER
6-7 / 225
Hopkinton, N.H. / New Hampton
High School: Four-year letterwinner at New Hampton … Captain as a senior … High school coach was Pete Hutchins … Honor roll student.
Personal: Son of Gail and Dan Auger … Brother, Steven, plays baseball at St. Michael’s College (Vt.) … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

DAN DWYER
6-8 / 225
River Forest, Ill. / Fenwick
High School: Three-year letterwinner in basketball … High school coaches were John Quinn and Rick Malnati … Fenwick won Thanksgiving Tournament titles in 2012 and 2013 … All-conference and honorable mention all-area as a junior and senior … National Honor Society member … National Spanish Exam medalist.
Personal: Son of Maureen and JJ Dwyer … Cousin, Tricia Liston, played women’s basketball at Duke and for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.

DARNELL FOREMAN
6-1 / 175
Pennsauken, N.J. / Pitman
High School: Two-year letterwinner in basketball at Pitman … Captain as a senior … High school coach was Kevin Crawford … Helped Pitman to New Jersey Group I state championship as a senior (25-8 record) … Team also won Tri-County Classic titles in 2012-13 and 2013-14 … New Jersey Group I First-Team All-State and fourth-team all-state overall, as well as South Jersey Times Player of the Year, as a senior … First-team All-South Jersey by Courier Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and South Jersey Times as a senior … First-team Tri-County Conference as a senior … Second-team All-South Jersey by South Jersey Times as a junior … Honor roll student … Gloucester County Minority Coalition Scholarship recipient.
Personal: Son of Selina Foreman … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

SAM JONES
6-7 / 175
Gilbert, Ariz. / Gilbert Christian
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Gilbert Christian … Two-year captain … High school coach was Jerome Joseph … Helped team win two Arizona Interscholastic Association titles, in 2012 (27-4 record) and 2013 (31-3) … Second-team all-state (all divisions), first-team all-state (Division III) and Division III Player of the Year … Also lettered twice in baseball …
Personal: Son of Annie and Thatcher Jones … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

SHAWN SIMMONS
6-4 / 170
Virginia Beach, Va. / Norfolk Academy
High School: Three-year letterwinner at Norfolk Academy … Two-year captain … High school coach was Eric Acra … Team MVP as a junior … Dave Trickler Award for Athletics as a senior … Also lettered three times in track & field, finishing third in triple jump at the 2013 VISAA state meet … Senior Class President … Helping Hands (community service award) recipient … Norfolk Academy Medical Extern … Peer counselor … Outreach 360 and Special Olympics volunteer.
Personal: Son of Kimberly Little and Shawn Simmons … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

ANTONIO WOODS
6-1 / 180
Cincinnati, Ohio / Summit CD
High School: Lettered four times in both basketball and football, captain of both … High school coach was former Villanova and Philadelphia 76er standout Michael Bradley … Helped basketball team win conference, sectional and district championships all four years as well as regional and state titles in 2012 … Set school records for games played (106) and wins (93) in a career … First-team all-state as a senior … 2014 City, Conference and District Player of the Year as a senior … Three-time all-conference selection, two-time all-district … In football, helped Summit to 2012 conference title and was a two-time City and District Player of the Year while setting 11 school records including all-time leader in all-purpose yards … Leadership Scholar … Diversity & Inclusion Club member … Crisis Club member.
Personal: Son of Sheila and Antonio Woods … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.