BUFFALO, NY – First-year head coach Bobby Hurley has announced his signing class for the 2014-15 season, which includes one ESPN Top 150 player amongst the three-man class.
The group begins with 6-1 guard Lamonte Bearden out of Germantown, Wisconsin. Bearden is listed as four-star recruit and the 22nd best point guard in the country by Scout.com and has also received four stars from ESPN Recruiting Services. Bearden's Germantown team went a perfect 28-0 last season and was the Division I state champions, as he averaged 13.1 points per game. Most recently, Bearden was named a Platinum Division First Team selection at the annual Breakfast of Champions Fall Basketball League.
"We are thrilled to welcome Lamonte to the UB basketball program," said Hurley. "Lamonte is a 4 star recruit and a top 150 talent and he is an elite point guard with great court vision and feel for the game. He is also a winner leading Germantown High School to a 56 game winning streak and state title last season"
Mory Diane, a 6-3 shooting guard, committed to the Bulls from Detroit, MI and is his playing his senior season at Pershing High School. Listed by ESPN Recruiting Services as the 11th best player in the state, Diane has played varsity since his freshman season at Country Day High School and is a 43% shooter, including 35% from long range. Diane averaged 11.9 points per game last season as a junior, including 23 points in the second game of the season against Ferndale.
"We are excited to welcome Mory to the UB basketball family," said Hurley. "Mory is one of the top rated players in the state of Michigan. He is a silky smooth shooting guard with a natural ability to score and create offense. Mory is also a winner leading Detroit Country Day to a state Championship last season."
Raheem Johnson, a 6-10 post player, comes to the Bulls from Romulus High School, by way of Barton County Community College. At Barton, Johnson has played in four games, starting three of them. He is averaging 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds. Johnson played in all 34 games last season at Barton, where he averaged 8.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He led Barton with 71 blocked shots last year as well. Johnson has participated in the Jerry Mullen Top 100 JUCO Showcase this past July, awarded to the top junior college players in the country. In high school, he was coached by current UB assistant coach Nate Oats at Romulus.
"We are ecstatic to welcome Raheem to the UB basketball program," said Hurley. "Raheem is one of the best shot blockers in the Junior College game and is a mobile 6-10, 240-pound center that can really run the floor, play above the rim, and impact the game immediately with his presence in the lane."
Hurley summed up the 2014-15 class by saying, "This 2014 recruiting class of Lamonte, Mory, and Raheem positions UB men's basketball to be relevant and compete for MAC championships both now and in the future."