June 24, 2010

Men's Basketball Signs Lance Brown, William Harrison

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore has announced the signings of Lance Brown (Teaneck, N.J.) and William Harrison (Bronx, N.Y.) to National Letters of Intent. Brown will have to sit out the 2010-11 season as a transfer from Fordham University while having three years of eligibility remaining. Harrison will be immediately eligible for the next two years after spending two seasons at Western Texas College. Brown and Harrison join Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) and Dominique Langston (Bridgeport, Conn.), who committed to the Bobcats in the early signing period, to comprise this year's recruiting class.

"We are thrilled to have Will Harrison and Lance Brown joining our Quinnipiac basketball family," said Moore.

Brown, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 6.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while starting 18 of 25 games played as a freshman at Fordham. While selective with his three-point shot, Brown connected on 10-of-24 attempts (.417), percentage points better than his overall field-goal percentage (.411). He fits Quinnipiac's style of crashing the offensive boards, as 44 of his 99 rebounds came on the offensive glass. Brown capped a strong freshman season with career highs of 18 points and nine rebounds at Duquesne, March 5.

A graduate of New Jersey powerhouse Paterson Catholic, Brown led the Cougars to a 26-5 record, including a perfect 9-0 in the conference. In his time playing under coach Damon Wright at Paterson Catholic, Brown led the Cougars to the championship game of the North Jersey, Non-Public B tournament and the Passaic County Championship. He was named MVP of the 2007 Eddie Griffin Challenge, featuring the top 10 seniors from both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, after scoring 23 points and adding eight rebounds. Brown also helped the New Jersey Playaz to the IS8 Fall Classic Championship in 2008. Both Rivals.com and Scout.com listed Brown as a three-star recruit out of high school, with Scout.com ranking him 39th in the nation among shooting guard recruits.

"Lance comes to us with an invaluable year's worth of playing experience in the Atlantic 10," said Moore. "He is a versatile defender and excellent rebounder from the perimeter. He also comes from elite high school and AAU programs and should be a valuable addition to our program."

Ranked the 54th-best shooting guard recruit in the nation out of high school by ESPN.com, Harrison averaged a team-best 13.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from the floor for Western Texas College last season. Harrison played scholastically at Wadleigh High School in the Bronx, serving as team captain and averaging 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior under coach Mike Crump.

Harrison led Wadleigh to the Public Schools Athletic League quarterfinals in his final season, where he scored 35 points in his final high school game. He was named to the New York Daily News All-City Team as a senior. He also starred for coach Gary Charles and the New York Panthers AAU squad.

"Will is a very athletic wing who should help us right away," said Moore. "He comes from excellent high school and junior college programs, as well as one of the top AAU programs in the country. He should be very good defensively, on the glass, and in transition for us."