November 24, 2009

Crusaders Sign Three Players To National Letters Of Intent

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head men’s basketball coach Sean Kearney announced today that three student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play for the Crusaders. Steve Carver (Shawnee, Kan.), Dave Dudzinski (Maple Park, Ill.) and Joe O’Shea (Burlington, Vt.) will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2010.

“As we approached this recruiting class, we wanted to add a certain skill level and an ability to shoot the basketball,” said Kearney. “With the three players we have added, we have addressed those needs. We expect all three of them to play significant roles in the future of our program.”

Carver is a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward, who plays at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. During his junior season, he averaged 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during the regular season, while leading his team to the Kansas 6A state semifinals. Carver was named All-State by the Topeka Capital Journal and Kansas Rivals, while being selected second team All-Sunflower League and second team All-Sun County. He also led Shawnee Mission Northwest to the Sunflower League championship as a sophomore, and was selected to attend the Joy of the Game Academic All-American Showcase. In addition, he played AAU ball for Spiece Mo.-Kan. Elite.

Kearney on Carver: “Steve is a unique combination forward, who is a strong three-point shooter with a good feel for the game. He can pass the ball well and has the ability to stretch defenses, which we expect to utilize in our motion offense quite a bit.”

Dudzinski is a 6-foot-8, 218-pound forward, who plays at Kaneland High School for head coach Brian Johnson. He has twice earned first team All-Western Sun Conference honors, in addition to being selected All-Area by both the Daily Herald and the Kane County Chronicle in each of the last two seasons. During his junior campaign, Dudzinski averaged 17.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.3 blocked shots, 2.6 steals and 2.1 assists per game, while hitting 80 percent of his free throw attempts. He has averaged 14.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over the course of his high school career, while totaling 767 career points and 444 career rebounds entering his senior season. Dudzinski also played AAU ball for Velocity Black.

Kearney on Dudzinski: “Dave is a little bit of a late bloomer who has a good combination of size and skill, which will be important since we graduate both Eric Meister and Adam May. He can play both inside and outside, and will play a key role along our front line as he develops physical strength.”

O’Shea is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard, who plays at Burlington High School for head coach Matt Johnson. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds as a junior, while leading his team to the Vermont Division I state title. O’Shea’s team also won the Vermont Division I state championship and posted a 24-0 record during his sophomore season, when he averaged 18.7 points per game. Named Mr. Basketball in Vermont by the Burlington Free Press and the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2008, O’Shea set a school single-game record by scoring 45 points against Mount Anthony during his sophomore season, while making 10 three-pointers. The son of St. Michael’s head coach Tom O’Shea and the nephew of Bryant head coach Tim O’Shea, he played AAU ball for Expressions Elite.

Kearney on O’Shea: “Joe is a typical coach’s son, who comes from terrific blood lines. He is a skilled left-handed shooter and passer with a great feel for the game, and we expect him to immediately help our program on the perimeter.”

 

HOLY CROSS MEN’S BASKETBALL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown / High School
Steve Carver F 6-8 210 Shawnee, Kan. / Shawnee Mission Northwest
Dave Dudzinski F 6-9 218 Maple Park, Ill. / Kaneland
Joe O'Shea G 6-4 190 Burlington, Vt. / Burlington