Jonathan Joseph, Wyatt Sikora, and Grant Lozoya are set to join the Stetson men’s basketball team for the 2014-15 season, as announced by Hatter Head Coach Corey Williams on Tuesday.
Part of Williams’ first full recruiting class at the helm of the Stetson program, the trio will bring a wealth of talent to the Hatters next season.
“All three of these guys play at a very high level, and those are the kinds of kids that we want to recruit,” Williams said. “They bring a level of skill to the recruiting class that Stetson hasn’t really had before. They will immediately make us better. I know they’re freshmen, but more often than not they are going to play like they’re upperclassmen, and I’m looking forward to that.”
Joseph is a local product, hailing from Orlando where he attended Orlando Christian Preparatory School. The 6-5 wingman led OCP to the Florida 2A State Championship as a junior in 2012-13, and the team is the favorite for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
“He’s an unbelievable athlete who can guard multiple positions,” Williams said of Joseph. “He has a quick first step and he understands the game. He can shoot it from the perimeter and get it to the basket. He adds a dimension to our team that we don’t currently have.”
Sikora, brother of current Hatter junior Kyle Sikora, comes to Stetson from Key Largo, Fla. The 6-10 big man played high school ball at Florida Christian School in Miami. An All-Dade County selection by the Miami Herald, Sikora averaged 14 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks as a junior in 2012-13.
“Wyatt is long, very skilled, and really versatile,” Williams said. “We wanted to get kids who are skilled and understand the game, and he is most definitely one of those. He’s a great passer, he can shoot, he can post up, he can block shots, and he’s a great team player.”
Lozoya calls Westlake, Calif. home and attended Westlake High School before spending a post-graduate season at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. The 6-2 shooting guard led Westlake to a 28-6 record as a senior in 2012-13 while earning All-State, All-League, and All-County honors.
“He can shoot it long range, he’s very smart, he can play the point if we need him to, and he’s an excellent scorer,” Williams said of Lozoya. “The other thing that he really does a good job of is that he finds people. He’s going to be able to create good situations for himself and his teammates.”
Joseph, Sikora, and Lozoya are the first three members of Williams’ first full recruiting class as a head coach. The Head Hatter brought in five players quickly after becoming the coach at Stetson this past June.