Nov. 18, 2004
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. Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.), Lawrence Dixon (Columbia, Md.), Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) and Alex Vander Baan (Whitinsville, Mass.) will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2005.
"We are very excited to have Colin, Lawrence, Greg and Alex joining our program," said Willard. "We believe they make up a very solid class, and they should help us replace the four seniors who will be graduating at the conclusion of the upcoming season."
Cunningham is a 6-foot-7, 195-pound guard / forward, who has played at White Station High School for head coaches Terry Tippett and William Warren. Last season, he helped lead his team to an overall record of 39-2 and their third straight Tennessee Scholastic School Athletic Association Class AAA championship. Cunningham was also selected to the 2004 Class AAA All-Metro Memphis team, and earned honorable mention All-State honors from the Associated Press.
Willard on Cunningham: "Colin is an outstanding student-athlete from one of the premier high school programs in the state of Tennessee (White Station), where he has been an integral part of two state championship teams. He is a good shooter, an exceptional passer, and has good size for a Division I guard."
Dixon is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard / forward, who plays at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Md., for head coach Mike Glick. During the 2003-2004 season, he averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range. Dixon helped lead Archbishop Spalding to an overall record of 29-8 last year, with the team capturing the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
Willard on Dixon: "Lawrence is an outstanding guard from a nationally respected high school program (Archbishop Spalding). He is a winner who does all of the little things to make his teammates better, and plays both ends of the floor well."
McCarthy is a 6-foot-10, 210-pound center, who plays at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass., for head coach Alex Salachi. During the 2003-2004 season, McCarthy led his team to an overall record of 13-7 and a trip to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I South tournament. He also played for the Boston Blazers AAU team, which captured the 2004 Boston Shootout title.
Willard on McCarthy: "Greg is a good athlete, who at 6-foot-10 has the size and athleticism to become an excellent shot blocker and rebounder. He has a huge up-side, which should develop with strength and maturity."
Vander Baan is a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward, who plays at Whitinsville Christian School for head coach Rick Martin. Last year, he averaged 19.2 points and 15.0 rebounds per game, while leading his team to an overall record of 24-3, the Dual Valley Conference title and a trip to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division III state semifinals. Vander Baan is also a member of the cross country team at Whitinsville Christian, and won the championship race at the Dual Valley Conference meet and the Blackstone Valley Invitational.
Willard on Vander Baan: "Alex is an outstanding student-athlete who has the basketball ability, drive and character to become a fine player in our program. He has great versatility on the court, which will enable him to play multiple positions for us."
The Crusaders, who are coming off a 13-15 season, open the 2004-2005 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 20, when they play at Boston University at 1:00 p.m. Holy Cross won the Patriot League championship in 2001, 2002 and 2003, advancing to the NCAA Tournament each of those three years.