HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore has announced that two more recruits have signed with Quinnipiac for the 2009-10 season. Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) and Ryan Bogdan (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) will join Jamee Jackson (Irvington, N.J.) and Dave Johnson (Howell, N.J.), who signed with the Bobcats in the fall, in Moore's second full recruiting class.
Twyman is a 6-foot combo guard who will transfer to Quinnipiac after spending the last two years at Ball State University and Polk Community College, respectively. He was named to the All-Suncoast Conference First Team and the Florida Community College Activities Association All-Tournament Team in his sophomore season at Polk under Coach Matt Furjanic. He averaged a team-best 17.3 points per game while dishing out 3.7 assists, grabbing 2.7 rebounds and making 1.7 steals per game. He shot 44.6 percent from the floor, including 42.3 percent from long distance, while connecting at 76.7 percent from the free-throw line.
A two-sport star at Sherwood High School in suburban Washington, D.C., Twyman became the first Washington Post All-Met selection in both basketball and football in 17 years (Lawrence Moten, 1989-90). He led Sherwood to the 4A State Championship after averaging 17 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals per game as a senior under Coach Dondrell Whitmore. Sherwood posted the most wins in school history in his senior season with a 23-4 record. Twyman finished his prep career with more than 1,200 points. He was a member of the Capital Classic Basketball Team as one of the area's top five players. He was named Montgomery County and All-Gazette Player of the Year. In football, he led Sherwood to consecutive Maryland 4A State Finals as the team's quarterback. He registered over 7,000 yards and connected on a Maryland state record 80 touchdown passes. He was named to George Michael's Golden Eleven and earned Montgomery County Offensive Player of the Year recognition.
"We're thrilled to add Deontay to our program," said Moore. "We feel he will add a high level of athleticism and competitiveness to our backcourt. He was a highly-decorated two-sport athlete out of high school who excelled in one of the strongest junior college leagues in the country last year. We're hoping his athleticism, experience and scoring ability will help us at both backcourt positions over the next two seasons."
Bogdan is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who played for Coach Pat Eidson at Pinewood Prep in Summerville, S.C. He was recognized on the All-Tournament Team while averaging 17 points per game in the state tournament as a senior, helping Pinewood to its fourth consecutive South Carolina Independent School Association State Championship (SCISA). A two-time SCISA All-State and All-Region Team selection, Bogdan earned Post & Courier All-Low Country Team honors as a senior. His leadership was recognized with the ESPN/U.S. Marines Honor, Courage & Commitment Award, as well as the Pinewood "Coach's Award" for on-court leadership. Bogdan also represented the SCISA in the SCISA vs. Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) All-Star Game.
A 1,000-point scorer, Bogdan is a lethal three-point shooter. He knocked down 71 trifectas in his senior season, including a Pinewood-record-tying nine three-pointers in a single game in February. As a junior, he was selected to play in the SCISA North/South All-Star Game after hitting 67 three-point field goals. He played his first two years of high school basketball at Wando High School, and helped the Low Country Heels to an AAU National Tournament Runner-Up finish. His Beach Ball Select team also earned the AAU State Champion status. Bogdan added All-Region honors in football as a wide receiver.
Bogdan has also achieved in the classroom, maintaining a 3.6 grade-point average. He's been on the Headmaster's List and Faculty Honor Roll, as well as holding membership in the National Beta Club for outstanding character and achievement. He earned the Pinewood Scholar Athlete Award for 2007-08, and was named an Academic MVP at the Upstate Tournament. Bogdan has also been active in the community, donating his time to the Low Country Orphanage, Charleston Miracle League for handicapped children, Mount Pleasant Recreation Department, Tricounty Family Life Ministries and Habitat for Humanity.
"Ryan comes to us from one of the elite high school programs in the country at Pinewood Prep," said Moore. "Under Coach Pat Eidson, Ryan had a terrific season in helping his team to another state championship. We feel he can bring great size and shooting ability to our wing position. We are hopeful he will make an immediate impact as a three-point threat."