STANDISH, Maine – Head Coach Rob Sanicola '99 has released the men's basketball recruiting Class of 2022.
Sanicola, who will be on the Monks' bench for his 16th season when the 2018-19 campaign begins in November, is bringing in a talented group of incoming freshmen. The class features six players – four guards and two forwards - who collectively earned a long list of accolades during their respective high school careers.
Saint Joseph's graduated just two players – forwards Quinn Richardson-Newton and Aaron Hall – from a team that went 16-10 overall and an 11-5 mark in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play last winter. Richardson-Newton was a four-year starter who scored 1,007 points with 533 rebounds in 102 career games and Hall, who transferred to SJC prior to his junior season, was a two-year starter who tallied 452 points, 259 rebounds, and 60 blocked shots in 51 career contests.
The 2022 class figures to bolster a strong corps of returning players, as seven individuals are back after logging significant playing time during the 2017-18 campaign. Seniors Darian Barry (Rochester, N.H.) and Ian Mileikis (Auburn, Maine) headline the group of returners after combining to net over 31 points per game last winter. Berry, a First Team All-GNAC honoree, averaged 17.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 41.6% (79-190) as a junior while Mileikis, a Second Team All-GNAC recipient, scored 14.6 points with 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest last year.
"Our first recruiting priority is always to get the best student-athletes in Maine and we feel as though we accomplished that with Nick Curtis, Griffin Foley, David Keohan, Zac Manoogian and Brendan Hyde," adds Coach Sanicola. "We also try and get outside the region as this year we headed down to the sunshine state, friend of the program, Nation Academy. We are excited to bring in a great young man from Florida, Nation Academy's Isaiah Paul."
"This class will add some much needed depth and versatility to our roster," Sanicola continued. "Each guy can play multiple positions both offensively and defensively. They are an extremely tough and competitive group who all love basketball. Each guy competed in-state (high school) and regionally (club) at a high level. With the development of our returners, coupled with this years recruiting class, should be a great group to grow and compete with next season."
MEN'S BASKETBALL CLASS OF 2022
Why Saint Joseph's? The campus and basketball program
High School: Played basketball at Windham High School…Garnered Hoops8 First Team All-State, Maine Sunday Telegram All-State, USA Today All-USA Maine Second Team, Bangor Daily News Second Team All-State, First Team All-SMAA, McDonald's All-Star, Hoops 8 All-Tournament Team, and First Team All-AA North accolades…Top 10 Finalist for Maine Mr. Basketball award…Led the SMAA in scoring (20.1 PPG) and assists (6.6 APG) as a senior...1,000-Point scorer...Preseason First Team All-State, Preseason Top 10 Player to Watch...Helped Windham advance to the Northern Maine Regional Championship…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll.
Community Service: Helping the younger basketball programs
Personal: Nicholas Edward Curtis, son of Eric and Megan Curtis…Has one brother, Andrew.
Why Saint Joseph's? The connections and history in my family along with the basketball program and having a good program for my major
High School: Played basketball and football at Portland High School…Earned a pair of All-SMAA Second Team honors as well as All-Tournament Team and Coaches Award accolades…Averaged 12.0 points, 3.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game during his senior year...All-Conference wide receiver and All-Academic honoree for football…Helped the Bulldogs make three State Championship appearances with a pair of Maine State Championships…Was also a member a football program that made two State Championship appearances…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll throughout high school.
Helped unload buses (four years) for thanksgivings at the soup kitchen
Personal: Griffin John Foley, son of Trina and Philip…Has three siblings: Tanner, Ryan, and Christina.
Why Saint Joseph's? The atmosphere and opportunities presented to me there.
High School: Played basketball and football at Gould Academy…Earned All-League honors in football…Helped his team advance to the NEPSAC AA playoffs…Member of the French National Honor Society and listed on the Academic Honor Roll.
Community Service: Tutoring immigrants
Personal: Brendan Powers Hyde, son of Mary Blanco and Steven Hyde, has one sibling, Sarah.
Why Saint Joseph's? Love the family establishment, makes me feel at home
High School: Played basketball and football at Thornton Academy…Collected First Team SMAA, Second Team Portland Press Herald All-State, Journal Tribune First Team, and SMAA Rookie of the Year honors...Averaged 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest his junior year.
Community Service: Soup Kitchen and active Basketball Coach Assistant, Blood DonorPersonal: David William Keohan, Jr., son of Denise Keohan…Has two siblings, Nadine and Destiny Keohan.
Why Saint Joseph's? Had my major, wanted to stay local, coaches and teammates are great people
High School: Participated in basketball and cross country at Westbrook High School…Garnered All-SMAA Rookie Team, 2X All-SMAA First Team, All-SMAA Class A Team, McDonald's All-Star, Mr. Basketball Semifinalist, Jack Coyne Award, Westbrook Paper City Hoops Scholarship Award, and Blazes Best MVP Award honors…Three-year starter and two-year captain...Averaged 18.0 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 steals, and 3.0 rebounds per game and shot 82% from the FT line with 44 three-pointers made his senior year...Scored 970 career points...Helped his team advance to the 2018 Regional Championship…Member of the National Honors Society.
Community Service: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Personal: Zacari Dustin Manoogian, son of Tammy Barrows, Gary Manoogian…Has one brother, Isaiah.
Why Saint Joseph's? For the Pre-Dentistry program
High School: Played basketball at Nation Prep Academy…Selected as Defensive Player of the Year…Named as a team captain…Averaged 11.8 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.8 steals per game his senior year…Helped his team win a State Championship…Listed on the KSA Holiday Tournament All-Defensive Team…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll.
Community Service: Helped build a school and was a junior basketball coach.
Personal: Isaiah Edward Paul, son of Max and Rachel Paul…Has two siblings, Rhashauna and Breeanna Paul.