Men's Basketball Bolsters Roster With Addition of Six Freshmen
Harvard posted a 23-7 overall record and won its first Ivy League title in 2010-11 (Gil Talbot).
2011-12 Harvard Men's Basketball Prospectus
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball team adds six student-athletes from the Class of 2015 to the program this fall. The class, which consists of four forwards, a guard and a center, includes three players that are natives of California, as well as student-athletes who hail from Florida, Minnesota and Utah.
"We are pleased to welcome these six student-athletes into our program and university," said Tommy Amaker, who is entering his fifth season as head coach at Harvard. "These young men will be tremendous additions to the Harvard community and will contribute to our basketball program as we continue to strive for excellence."
Harvard is looking to build upon the best season in program history, as the Crimson won its first Ivy League title and reached the NIT for the first time. The Crimson posted a 23-7 overall record and went 12-2 in the Ivy League. The squad returns every member from last season's team, including reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Keith Wright and All-Ivy honorees Kyle Casey, Brandyn Curry and Christian Webster. Wright and fellow senior Oliver McNally will once again serve as co-captains of the Crimson.
Max Hooper, Guard/Forward/6-6/210/Carmel Valley, Calif./Brewster Academy
Earned varsity letters in basketball at Brewster Academy, Mater Dei and Valley Christian High … Received all-state honors all four seasons … As a senior, named to Lora and Orange Holiday Classic all-tournament teams … Tabbed All-Trinity League and All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) … Honored on Pangos All-American camp all-star team and was recipient of Trent Tucker Award for best 3-point shooter in camp …. Named to California All-Ball is Life team and was honored on National Prep School Invitational all-tournament squad … Helped Mater Dei to a 26-game win streak and established highest single season 3-point shooting percentage in school history (49.5 percent) … Made 313 3-pointers during career at Mater Dei … As a junior, was tabbed to West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) team and was named to the San Jose Mercury News all-area team … As a sophomore, was named Nor Cal Tip Off Classic MVP … Three-time recipient of Scholar-Athlete Award … Father, Chip, was a swimmer at Missouri State …. Other interests include art history and contemporary art … Owns a basketball shoe collection of well over 300 pairs and maintains a detailed, catalogued collection.
Received four varsity letters at Brighton High … Served as team captain during junior and senior seasons … Was named all-state three times … Tied state record for most 3-pointers made in one game, making eight treys in back-to-back contests … Honored as Student of the Trimester on two occasions … Has volunteered in his church youth organizations since 2005 … Grandfather, Larry Miller, played basketball at UNLV … Father, Bret Miller, was a basketball player at Bellevue and BYU-Hawaii … Cousin, Nathan Miller, was a member of the Weber State basketball team.
Steve Moundou-Missi, Forward/6-7/225/Yaounde, Cameroon/Montverde Academy
Was high school teammate of Ugo Okam at Montverde Academy … Is a native of Yaounde, Cameroon … Earned three varsity letters … Captained team as a senior … Earned ESPN Rise All-America second-team honors …. Named Lake County Player of the Year as a senior … Helped team finished second at 2010 ESPN National High School Invitational tournament … AP Scholar … Won 2010 mathfax (math competition) national championship … Father, Jean Paul, and mother, Annette, both played for the Cameroon national basketball team in the 1980s … Other interests include listening to music and playing soccer.
Wesley Saunders, Guard/Forward/6-5/215/Los Angeles, Calif./Windward
Lettered in basketball and volleyball at Windward High … Served as basketball captain during senior year … Averaged 20.2 points and 10 rebounds per game during senior season … Helped team win Division IV state basketball title … Named All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division IV-AA Co-Player of the Year … Tabbed to 2011 Parade Magazine All-American third team … Nominated to 2011 McDonald's All-America team … Honored as Cal-Hi Sports State Player of the Year (CIF Division IV) … Selected to Los Angeles Times 2011 All-Star team … As a junior, was the recipient of the John R. Wooden High School player of the Year Award (CIF Division V) … Named to all-state first team … Honored as Olympic League MVP … As a sophomore, helped Windward win state championship for Division V, scoring 21 points in the final … Has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity … Father, Ed Saunders, played defensive back at Iowa and graduated in 1977 … Uncle, John Saunders, played professional football with the Los Angeles Rams and was drafted in the fourth round in 1972 … Other interests include reading, chess, board games, collecting shoes and music.
Kenyatta Smith, Center/6-8/260/Sun Valley, Calif./Flintridge Preparatory School
Member of basketball and volleyball teams at Flintridge Preparatory School … Served as captain of both teams … Two-time Flintridge Athlete of the Year … Was twice named Prep League MVP … All-area Player of the Year in 2011 … John R. Wooden Player of the Year for California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division V … All-CIF Division V-AA Player of the Year … All-state Division V first team … Led team to consecutive Prep League titles … Holds school records for most season and career points, rebounds and blocks … Two-time MVP and all-league for volleyball … Named to All-CIF team in 2010 … Member of Key Club and Leo Club volunteer organizations … Has volunteered with the Special Olympics … Enjoys collecting sports memorabilia.
Jonah Travis, Forward/6-6/225/Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle
Earned varsity letters in basketball, cross country and track & field at De La Salle … Captained basketball and cross country squads … Earned first-team All-Metro honors … Tabbed all-conference three times … Named to all-state first team … Two-time Star Tribune Player of the Week … Named to St. Paul Pioneer Press all-city team … Other interests include chess, fishing and swimming.