WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head men's basketball coach Milan Brown announced today that three student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play for the Crusaders. Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.), Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) and Malcolm Miller (Gaithersburg, Md.) will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2011.
"We are excited about this class, and think they will match well with the guys we already have in the program," said Brown. "They will bring us a great deal of athleticism and will also help improve our team speed. Over their four years at Holy Cross, I expect them to develop into a really good class and help us to have continued success in the program."
Abt is a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, who plays for head coach Herb Krusen at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Md. During his junior season, he averaged 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while helping to lead the Little Hoyas to an overall record of 18-7 and a 9-1 mark in the Interstate Athletic Conference. Ranked as the 149th best power forward in the nation by ESPN, he played AAU ball for Mid-Atlantic Select.
Brown on Abt: "We are really excited to have Taylor Abt coming into the program. He is a long, athletic, mobile post player. We like the fact that he can run the floor, and he also has the ability to step out and make jump shots. We really love his athletic ability."
Burrell is a 5-foot-9, 165-pound guard, who plays for head coach Ed Huckaby at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va., as a postgraduate. He graduated from Potomac High School in 2010, where he played for head coach Keith Honore. During his senior season at Potomac, Burrell averaged 20.0 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game. He earned second team All-State honors, and was also a second team All-Metro selection by the Washington Post. The 2010 Cardinal District Player of the Year, Burrell was also chosen to play in the Capitol Classic and the Virginia State All-Star Game. In addition, he played AAU ball for Boo Williams and D.C. Assault.
Brown on Burrell: "Justin Burrell is definitely going to add some speed to our back court. He is a true point guard who is very quick and handles the ball well. He can make the open jump shot, and also create off the dribble and get into the lane. He should provide a spark for us on the defensive end as well, with his ability to pressure the basketball."
Miller is a 6-foot-6, 180-pound forward, who plays for head coach Kevin Parrish at Gaithersburg High School. He averaged 9.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots per game during his junior season. Miller was also ranked as one of the top 500 seniors in the nation by Hoop Scoop. In addition, he played AAU ball for Mid-Atlantic Select.
Brown on Miller: "Malcolm Miller is a long, athletic wing with a great upside. He can step out and shoot the three on offense, and can really help us on the defensive end with his ability to get into the passing lanes and create turnovers. He has the potential to be a special player with his speed, his length and his athletic ability."
|HOLY CROSS MEN'S BASKETBALL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES|
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown / High School|
|Taylor Abt||F||6-8||215||Darnestown, Md. / Georgetown Prep|
|Justin Burrell||G||5-8||165||Dumfries, Va. / Potomac|
|Malcolm Miller||F||6-6||180||Gaithersburg, Md. / Gaithersburg|