Nov. 18, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Four highly-rated prospects - Jarvis Calhoun, Chris Cokley, William Lee and Lewis Sullivan have signed National Letters Of Intent with the UAB men's basketball team, head coach Jerod Haase announced on Monday.
The group of four high school seniors make up one of the top recruiting classes in UAB history. The class signed by Haase and his staff includes a trio of in-state prospects who have been regarded as three of the top 10 prep players in the state of Alabama.
Calhoun (6-0, 165, G, Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville HS), Cokley (6-8, 216, F, Savannah, Ga./Savannah HS), Lee (6-9, 210, C, Plantersville, Ala./Dallas County HS) and Sullivan (6-7, 195, F, Hazel Green, Ala./Hazel Green HS) are all high school seniors and will join the Blazers for the 2014-15 season.
"I couldn't be more excited about this signing class and welcoming William, Jarvis, Chris and Lewis into our family," Haase said. "All of these student-athletes come from great families and are not only great basketball players but great young men with high character, who will represent UAB in a first class manner.
"As a class, this group adds to the foundation we set with last year's recruits. The mixture of talent and character with all of these signees is exciting. This is a class that believes in what we are doing at UAB, and together we believe big things can happen. While this is mostly a local recruiting class, it will bring national attention to our program"
Joining an already talented Blazers' frontcourt in 2014-15 will be Lee, who some consider the top prospect in the state of Alabama. Lee, who averaged an impressive 19.6 points and 17.6 rebounds per game last season at Dallas County High School was named the Class 4A Player of the Year in his junior season. Lee has also garnered national attention as he is ranked as the No. 65 overall prospect by ESPN.com and is a four-star standout according to most recruiting services after averaging a triple-double in 2012.
Lee is ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the state of Alabama and the No. 17 forward prospect in the nation according to ESPN.com.
"William `HaHa' Lee is a great player with tremendous upside," Haase said. "His combination of athleticism and skills will enable him to play multiple positions in our system. His ability to affect the game on both ends of the floor and his versatility really make him a special player. William had a lot of great options in the recruiting process and we are thrilled he believes we are the best fit for him and his future. His family and his high school coach, Coach Moore, have been very supportive of him and we are very excited to have him as a part of our program going forward."
Calhoun is a local product who is in his senior season at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Ala. Considered the top shooting guard prospect and the No. 10 overall high school player in the state of Alabama according to 247Sports.com and Al.com's "A-List," Calhoun, a left-handed shooter, led the Birmingham Metro area in scoring last season with 25.6 points per game. During his sophomore campaign, Calhoun led his team in scoring with 18.6 points per contest and was named to the 2011-12 Birmingham News All-North/East Boy's Basketball Team, the only underclassman on the squad.
Among other honors, Calhoun was named to the 2013 Future 150 Camp All-American Team and was a 2013 Alabama Sports Writers Association 6A Honorable Mention selection.
"Jarvis is a local kid and he and his family understand the tradition of UAB Basketball," Haase commented. "They believe in the future of this program and he will be a big part of the future success. Jarvis is a tremendous shooter and has a knack for scoring in a variety of ways. He will be able to add a lot to our team, not only offensively, but also defensively by using his quickness and speed. He has had a great high school career thus far at Hewitt-Trussville and we really look forward to him being a Blazer."
Cokley, a 6-foot-8, 216-pound forward, is considered one of the top prospects in the state of Georgia. He averaged 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in his junior season at Savannah (Ga.) High School. Cokley is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports.com and Rivals.com and was an All-Region and Class AAA All-State selection in the state of Georgia last year.
"Chris is a strong, athletic and versatile big man," Haase described. "He has the ability to score inside and outside and he will fit in very well to our style of play. He comes from a great basketball tradition at Savannah High School under Coach Jordan, and has competed in back-to-back state championships in Georgia. Chris embodies all the characteristics we look for in a player and student and we are thrilled to have him as a part of our program."
Sullivan, now a senior at Hazel Green High School in Huntsville, Ala., was the 2012-13 Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A Player of the Year. Considered the No. 6 overall prospect in the state of Alabama by 247Sports.com, Sullivan averaged 18.5 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per contest in his junior year. Sullivan is a combo-forward who plays mostly at the small forward position.
Sullivan is ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the state of Alabama according to ESPN.com.
"Lewis is a big wing with great basketball savvy and skill set," Haase said. "He is a tremendous passer and a very unselfish player who can also score in multiple ways. He has had a very successful high school career thus far being named 6A player of the year and competing for a state championship at Hazel Green. His family and his high school coach, Coach Jeffers, have really been supportive of him and we are excited for him to be a Blazer"
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