Men's Basketball Adds Mike Gabriel, Garvey YoungHAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore has announced that Mike Gabriel (Chicago, Ill.) and Garvey Young (Washington, D.C.) will join the Bobcats in 2010-11. Gabriel will be immediately eligible for the upcoming season, while Young will see his first action on the court for the Bobcats in 2011-12 due to NCAA transfer rules.
"I am thrilled to be adding Garvey Young and Mike Gabriel to our Quinnipiac Basketball family," said Moore.
Gabriel played his high school basketball at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago. He earned Chicago All-City and Chicago All-Star recognition from the Chicago Public League Coaches as a senior. Gabriel ranked as one of the top five post players in Illinois in 2010 and was recognized on the all-tournament team at both the St. Rita Tournament and The Big Dipper Tournament in 2010. A three-year captain at Lincoln Park High School, Gabriel averaged a double-double in his senior year. Gabriel also played AAU basketball for the Mac Irvin Fire, Full Court Express, Dwyane Wade's Flash and the Illinois Heat. He took part in two prestigious AAU tournaments, the Nike Peach Jam and Orlando Nationals.
"Mike was a great addition to our frontcourt rotation," said Moore. "It is rare that you can sign someone with as much ability as Mike so late in the recruiting season. He is a solid low-post player who competes at a high level and comes from a very successful Lincoln Park High School program in one of Chicago's toughest scholastic leagues. Mike is a very smart player with a nice shooting touch who also is strong defensively in the post and on both backboards."
A two-year contributor at the University of Vermont, seeing action in 64 games, including 50 starts, Young earned 2010 America East All-Tournament Team and 2010 America East All-Defensive Team recognition as a sophomore, when he averaged 7.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He also earned 2010 America East All-Rookie Team as a freshman after averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He made an instant impact for the Catamounts as a freshman, appearing in all 33 games, starting 21. He finished fourth on the team in both rebounds (100) and steals (25). Young reached double figures six times as a freshman.
Young played his high school basketball at Georgetown Prep, where he scored 1,925 career points. He was named to the Good Counsel Tip-Off Classic and Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic All-Tournament teams as a senior. Rivals.com rated Young as the top newcomer at the shooting guard position for the America East entering his freshman season. He took part in the prestigious Capital Classic All-Star game following his senior year and was ranked as the No. 6 athlete in the area by the DCsportsfan.com.
"Garvey brings two years of winning experience as a starter on highly-successful Vermont teams in 2009 and 2010," said Moore. "He is a terrific defensive player who has the strength and toughness to guard a multitude of positions. We will use this redshirt season to continue to work on his offensive game and sharpen his scoring instincts. He comes from a highly-successful Georgetown Prep program and has great leadership qualities which we feel will make him an integral part of our future success."