Men's Basketball Signs Three To National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 24, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head men's basketball coach Ralph Willard announced today that three student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend Holy Cross and play for the Crusaders. Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio), Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) and Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2009.

Beans is a 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward, who plays at Ottawa High School for head coach John Lindsay. During his junior season, he led the Toledo Area Athletic Conference in both scoring (18.1 points per game) and rebounding (10.9 rebounds per game), and earned first team All-League honors. Beans also shot 69 percent from the floor and 86 percent from the free throw line in 2007-2008, while leading the Green Bears to a Toledo Area Athletic Conference co-championship. In addition, he played AAU ball for the Ohio Gators.

Willard on Beans: "Phil will give us a strong low post presence and is a very good rebounder on both ends of the floor. His strong offensive ability in the low post will give us a real scoring presence during his four years here. Watching him play this summer we were really impressed with his intensity, focus and competitiveness. He is an outstanding young man who will fit right in with our Holy Cross Basketball family."

Stevens is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard, who plays at Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) High School for head coach Mitch Snyder. He averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game as a junior, and enters his senior season with 1,401 career points scored. Stevens was named the Suburban Council Most Valuable Player in 2007, when he averaged 19 points and seven rebounds per game. He is also a two-time All-State selection and a four-time All-Suburban Council selection, in addition to being named to the Section II Class AA tournament all-star team. Stevens, who played AAU ball for the Albany City Rocks, was also a three-time All-Suburban Council selection in volleyball.

Willard on Stevens: "Jordan brings real good athleticism that will enable him to play multiple positions for us. He plays with a high energy level and is a scorer who can shoot as well as get to the rim and finish. He is an exceptional rebounder for his size, and his length will enable him to be a good defender in our defensive system. He is a real quality young man who will add to every aspect of our program."

Obeysekere is a 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward, who plays at Miramonte High School for head coach Dave Brown. He led his team in both scoring and rebounding as a junior, while helping the Matadors to an overall record of 20-7 and leading the Bay Area with an average of 6.1 blocked shots per game. A first team All-Diablo Football Athletic League selection by the Contra Costa Times, Obeysekere was selected to play in the Sac vs. Bay All-Star game. In addition, he was named honorable mention All-Metro by the San Francisco Chronicle. Obeysekere, who played AAU ball for Oakland Soldiers, is the first player of Sri Lankan descent to earn a Division I basketball scholarship in the United States.

Willard on Obeysekere: "Eric caught our attention this summer because of his length and ability to block shots. He is very mobile on the offensive end and has a very good mid-range game. Talking to his coaches, he has really progressed in the last two years, and we feel he has a huge upside, especially because of a very good work ethic. He will give us the length and shot blocking ability that will enable us to extend our defense in future years, and the mobility on the offensive end to extend opponents' defenses. Eric is a very bright and personable young man who our guys really took to during his official visit."

Holy Cross currently stands 2-2 overall this season, and returns to the court on Tuesday, Nov. 25, when it travels to Harvard for a 7:00 p.m. game.

Name              Pos.  Ht.   Wt.   Hometown / High School
Phil Beans        F     6-9   230   Toledo, Ohio / Ottawa Hills
Jordan Stevens    G     6-5   200   Gansevoort, N.Y. / Saratoga Springs
Eric Obeysekere   F     6-8   205   Orinda, Calif. / Miramonte