Talented Newcomers Headed To Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Yale men's basketball team, will welcome five talented newcomers in 2018-19. Matthue Cotton, Eze Dike, Michael Feinberg, Isaiah Kelly and Jake Lanford all bring strong credentials.
The five join a program that has enjoyed tremendous success. In the last four years, the Bulldogs have posted a 42-14 Ivy League record, captured two league titles and won the first NCAA Tournament game in school history.
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2022:
6-5 | 200
Voorhees, New Jersey
Eastern Regional High School
Team Final AAU
Before Yale: Averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds in his senior year at Eastern Regional High School… Played at Academy of the New Church as a freshman and sophomore and Saint Benedict's in his junior year… Scored more than 1,000 points in his high school career… Selected as a Top 15 in New Jersey… Averaged 15 points and was a Friends League first team selection as a sophomore… Averaged 12 points as a junior at Saint Benedict's… Spent a majority of his AAU career with Team Final.
Personal: Volunteered reading to children at a local daycare… Father played basketball at Lincoln University… Interested in architectural engineering.
Why Yale? "Because it has a great balance of academics and basketball. I also love the campus."
Jones On Cotton: "Matt's a high-skill level wing with a tremendous shooting touch. He's another outstanding athlete, who will play multiple positions for us, and he does a great job on the defensive end."
6-2 | 195
Kimball Union Academy
Northern Kings AAU
Before Yale: All-Canadian selection… Earned All-NEPSAC honors at Kimball Union Academy… Team captain… Lakes Region all star… Averaged 12.0 points and shot 47 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range… Played AAU for Northern Kings (most recent) and Sun Youth and Red Rush (growing up).
Personal: Had lead roles in two different plays as junior and senior in high school… French language drill instructor… Mentor for at-risk youth at Sun Youth Organization.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale Basketball because it chose me, without politics. The coaching staff made how they felt about my personality and potential very evident from the start. And from an academic standpoint, as a student that has made drastic strides, I appreciate being challenged. Yale has all the tools necessary to get me anywhere I set my mind on going, so I couldn't choose anywhere else."
Jones On Dike "Eze is an explosive point guard with great shot making ability. He's very strong with a quick first step and plays with no fear. A lock down on the ball defender, he has the ability to pick up full court."
6-4 | 195
Hidden Hills, California
BTI Basketball Club
Before Yale: 2018 Gold Coast League first team selection at Viewpoint School… Averaged 19.2 points, 12.0 rebounds and 6 assists… Set Viewpoint School record for most rebounds (335) in a season… Attended Sierra Canyon High School for grades 9-11… Helped Sierra to the 2015 CIF Division 4 state championship… Two-time all-league selection at Sierra… Played for the BTI Basketball Club where he averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds.
Personal: Older brother Robbie Feinberg will be a senior at Harvard this fall and is a member of the basketball team… Grandfather Bob Woolf was the first sports attorney and represented Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Joe Montana, Carl Yastrzemski and Bobby Orr among others… Participated in NBA Cares event in Los Angeles during all-star weekend.
Why Yale? "It is genuinely the greatest balance between academics and athletics that anyone can ask for. It is a highly respected and prestigious academic institution, while also being a strong, Division I basketball team at the same time."
Jones On Feinberg: "Michael is a tough and heady guard who really understands his strengths and weaknesses. He has played with high level teammates over the years, including Marvin Bagley III."
6-7 | 215
Atlanta Xpress AAU
Before Yale: Four-time all-state selection at Pace Academy… Scored 2,780 points in his career… Averaged 17.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists… Named team's Most Valuable Player as senior and Most Improved as freshman… Three-time All-Metro Atlanta selection… Named to All-Defensive team twice… Helped Pace Academy to three state championships… Played for Atlanta Xpress AAU team.
Personal: Discovered a passion for ceramics and pottery as a sophomore in high school and was selected as the Arts Laureate for the last three years.
Why Yale? "Because in addition to the world renowned education, Yale offers beautiful and diverse architecture, public art everywhere, and the residential college system fosters a sense of community. Yale impressed me as a unique and supportive community that provides unmatched resources and advice which will allow me to learn from not only the greatest professors but also from the best peers possible. Coach Jones, his staff, and the basketball program are terrific, will allow me to be a student athlete, and fit my style of play."
Jones On Kelly: "Isaiah Is a versatile wing/forward with a high degree of skill. He was a key part of a high school championship team that included Wendall Carter. Isaiah is a very good athlete who will play multiple positions for us."
6-10 | 230
Charleston, South Carolina
Before Yale: Three-time all-state selection at the Porter-Gaud School… Averaged a double-double in both his junior and senior seasons… Scored more than 1,000 career points… Ranked as the No. 1 center in South Carolina three years in a row… Selected as a Nike Camp most valuable player… Tournament MVP at the 2016 Stall Thanksgiving Classic… Helped Porter-Gaud to three state championships… Named to all-tournament team at 2018 state championship… Played for TMP AAU team… Moultrie News Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Personal: Participated in a service trip to Costa Rica, helping at a mental disability center… Hobbies include chess.
Why Yale? "For the unparalleled opportunities both academically and athletically. The great coaching staff will help me develop into a more well-rounded player."
Jones On Lanford: "Jake is a big, strong throwback post with great hands and feet. He runs the floor really well and has great timing for shot blocking. A true winner, who comes to Yale from a tremendous high school as well as an outstanding summer program. Jake is a physical defender who is always in the right place."
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity