November 30, 2009

Men's Basketball Signs Ike Azotam, Dominique Langston

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore has announced the signings of Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) and Dominique Langston (Bridgeport, Conn.) to National Letters of Intent. ESPN.com has named the Bobcats' class of Azotam and Langston, both of whom will join the Bobcats in the Fall of 2010, the best in the Northeast Conference after the early signing period.

"We are thrilled to have Ike and Dominique joining our basketball program," said Moore. "We feel both young men will add to our talent level and help us to continue to build our program."

Azotam, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds in earning Boston Globe All-Scholastic All-Star as a senior for Coach Juan Figueroa at O'Bryant High School in Boston. He led his team to the Boston City League Championship Game, where he scored 16 points and added 20 rebounds in defeat. His strong senior season led to an appearance in the 2009 New England High School All-Star Challenge, where he scored 14 points and added six rebounds for the North squad. Azotam was named Boston Globe Player of the Week on Jan. 12, 2009, after averaging 20 points and 17 rebounds in victories over Boston English and West Roxbury.

Azotam emerged as a strong Division I talent during the summer AAU circuit in 2009, playing for Coach Mo Vasquez and the Metro Boston AAU program. Azotam is currently enrolled at Marianapolis Prep in Thompson, Conn., where he'll play a post-graduate year for Coach Dave Vitale this winter.

"Ike will be a nice addition to our frontcourt," said Moore. "He has great length and athleticism and his versatility will allow him to play facing the basket and inside. He has been well coached and this extra prep year at Marianapolis Prep under Coach Dave Vitale will continue that development."

Langston, a 6-foot-3 guard, is a two-time Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class S All-State selection while playing at Kolbe Cathedral for Coach John Pfohl. He averaged a double-double in both his junior and senior seasons, culminating with averages of 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as a senior. He was named a McDonald's All-America Nominee as a senior, while also earning All-Southwest Conference First Team recognition in his final two seasons. He was also named All-SWC Patriot Division in both his freshman and sophomore years. The Connecticut Post named Langston to its Super 15 All-Star Team in his final two seasons. For his career at Kolbe Cathedral, Langston score more than 1,300 points.

Langston also played for the Connecticut Basketball Club AAU team. He's currently enrolled at St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Conn., where he'll play a post-graduate year for Coach Jere Quinn. A strong senior season at Kolbe Cathedral resulted in an invitation to play for the South squad in the 2009 New England High School All-Star Challenge.

"Dominique is a terrific shooting guard who can score in a variety of ways," said Moore. "He has an advanced offensive game and should immediately bolster our backcourt. He is a local kid who had a great high school career at Kolbe Cathedral and who will also benefit from a prep year at St. Thomas More under Coach Jere Quinn."