Nov. 14, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head men's basketball coach Ralph Willard announced today that four student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend Holy Cross and play for the Crusaders. Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.), Adam May (Mentor, Ohio), Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) and Zach Paterick (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2006.
"We are very excited to have Andrew, Adam, Eric and Zach joining our basketball family," said Willard. "They are all excellent students and excellent people, and we feel they have the potential to be outstanding basketball players in our program. They all exhibit the qualities of character and leadership that is exemplified by the young men currently on our team."
Keister is a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, who plays at Absegami High School in Galloway, N.J., for head coach Van Cathcart. As a junior, Keister was named to the All-Cape Atlantic League American Conference second team, after averaging 12.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. He also totaled 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in the All-Star Game of the Eastern Invitational, and played his AAU ball for South Jersey Select. Last summer, Keister was rated as one of the five most improved high school prospects by Eastern Basketball.
Willard on Keister: "Andrew is an outstanding big man who has the ability to play with his back to basket, and also face up and shoot ball. He is very athletic, and made big strides in his game over the summer. He has also shown a great deal of mental toughness, and has a tremendous upside as he continues to mature physically."
May is a 6-foot-7, 200-pound guard / forward, who plays at Mentor (Ohio) High School for head coach Bob Krizancic. Last season, he averaged 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game, while leading Mentor to an overall record of 17-6. May also shot 41 percent from three-point range and 83 percent at the free throw line last year, and set a school record with 42 points in a single game. Following his junior season, May was named third team All-Ohio by the Associated Press, in addition to earning Lake Erie League Player of the Year honors. He was also selected first team All-County, All-District and All-League, and played his AAU ball for the Lake County Bearcats.
Willard on May: "Adam is an extremely versatile player who has the ability to shoot the three, and get into the lane and finish. He rebounds very well for his size, and plays with relentless attitude and desire. He will give us excellent rebounding and shooting from the wing position."
Meister is a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward, who plays at State College (Pa.) Area High School for head coach Drew Frank. Last season, he averaged 15.2 points per game and earned first team All-Mountain High League honors, while leading his team to the District VI championship and a trip to the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals. Meister, who also played on State College's 2002-2003 state championship team, enters his senior season with 959 career points scored. In addition, he played AAU ball for the Pittsburgh Jots. Meister's father, Randy, was a three-year letterwinner on the basketball team at Penn State in 1973, 1974 and 1975, and played professionally in Spain and Italy for nine years.
Willard on Meister: "Eric comes from a great program and a great family background, with his father being one of the best basketball players in Penn State history. He is an extremely skilled player in the low post and, as he continues to develop his outside game, will become a very good offensive player at the Division I level. He is also a very aggressive rebounder and shot blocker, who plays with great intensity at both ends of the floor."
Paterick is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard, who plays at Nease High School in St. Augustine, Fla., for head coach Bud Beech. Paterick missed his junior season due to mononucleosis, but averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game as a sophomore, while earning All-St. John's County honors and leading his team to the district championship. In addition, Paterick played for the Wisconsin Swing AAU team. Paterick's older brother, T.J., is currently a junior on the basketball team at the University of Richmond.
Willard on Paterick: "Zach is a skilled wing player who can get the ball and put it on the floor, and also shoot the three. He is one of the hardest working young men I have come across in all my years of coaching, and is a player who will continue to get better and better. Because of his work ethic, he will continue to make tremendous strides as he gets the opportunity to compete as a senior and in college."
Holy Cross is coming off a 2004-2005 season in which it posted an overall record of 25-7, captured the Patriot League regular season crown with a 13-1 mark in conference games, and advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Crusaders open the 2005-2006 season when they face High Point in the first round of the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 18 at 6:00 p.m.
HOLY CROSS MEN'S BASKETBALL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown / High School Andrew Keister F 6-8 215 Galloway, N.J. / Absegami Adam May G/F 6-7 200 Mentor, Ohio / Mentor Eric Meister F 6-7 220 Boalsburg, Pa. / State College Area Zach Paterick G 6-2 180 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. / Nease