Two Guards, Forward Join Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – James Jones, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, will welcome three freshmen to the roster this fall. Jack Montague, Justin Sears and Nick Victor all bring strong credentials.
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2016.
Brentwood High School
Before Yale: District, Region and County most valuable player at Brentwood High School… Tennessee McDonald's All-America nominee… Averaged 17 points and seven assists… Scored more 1,200 career points… Holds school assists record… Helped Brentwood to the 2012 region championship and three district titles… Played for Tennessee Travelers and Tennessee Contenders AAU teams… Played against Kentucky's Alex Poythress and Florida's Dillon Graham and with Maryland's Charles Mitchell.
Personal: Cousin, Brad Trout, played professional football with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons.
Why Yale? "I loved the coaching staff, facilities and team as well as the academic opportunities. I also couldn't pass up the opportunity of attending such a prestigious and richly cultural school. Yale was a place where I felt comfortable as a person and as a basketball player."
Coach Jones says: "Jack's an extremely smart player who does a fantastic job at making those around him better."
Plainfield High School
Before Yale: Earned first team all-state, all-area and all-county honors as a senior at Plainfield High School… Had 1,048 points and 1,063 rebounds in his career… Second player in school history to score over 1,000 points and grab more than 1,000 rebounds… Averaged 13.4 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocks as a senior… Helped lead Plainfield to two New Jersey Tournament of Champion title games where it lost to national power St. Anthony's both times… Plainfield won two Group 3 state championships… Played with Villanova point guard Tyrone Johnson and Fairleigh Dickinson's Sekou Harris… Played for New Jersey Demons AAU team.
Personal: Graduated from the Academy for Information Technology but since it didn't have a basketball team, played for Plainfield… Has played tennis since the age of four… Didn't start playing basketball until eighth grade.
Why Yale? "I knew I would not be compromising my academics for athletics and vice-versa. I will be able to continue my education at an Ivy League school while still competing at the Division I level."
Coach Jones says: "Justin is a tremendous athlete, who loves the game of basketball and is determined to improve each and every day."
Winchendon/Lovejoy High School
Before Yale: Spent one year at the Winchendon School and earned NEPSAC honorable mention recognition… 2010 District most valuable player at Lovejoy High School… Two-time first team all-district selection… Named all-region as a junior… Averaged 16.7 points, eight rebounds and 4.5 assists… Became the first 1,000-point scorer in school history… Helped lead Lovejoy to a pair of district championships and the regional semifinals in 2010… Played with Minnesota's Charles Buggs, Penn State's Akosa Maduegbunam and Sacred Heart's Tevin Falzon… Played for Dallas Triumph AAU team.
Personal: Grandfather, Tom Peterson, played fullback at Michigan, won three Rose Bowls and a national championship in 1948.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the fit on the court and with the coaches, along with the outstanding opportunities the university offers. Success is available to me during the season as well as after my four-year commitment in the classroom."
Coach Jones says: Nick has a great understanding of the game and always seems to make the right play. He always looks to try and make his teammates better before looking for his own offense."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity