October 11, 1996
Staten Island Player of the Year Joins Southampton Graduate Campus Men's Basketball
S.I. High School Star Greg Testaverde, Texas A&M Transfer John Stevens Are Among 7 Top RecruitsContact: Joe Dionisio
Two top national prospects are among seven new recruits who will join the Southampton Graduate Campus Men's Basketball team for 1996-97.
Greg Testaverde, a 6-3 shooting guard, was the 1995-96 Staten Island Player of the Year and winner of the Warren Jacques Memorial Award. At St. Joseph by the Sea H.S., he totaled 1168 career points and averaged 23.2 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
"I'm excited to be part of such a growing program," said Testaverde, of Southeast Annadale, N.Y. "I think we have the talent to be one of the best Division II teams in the country."
John Stevens, a 6-9 forward/center, transferred from Texas A&M where he was First-Team All Region and First-Team All Conference. The Irvington, N.J., resident averaged 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.
"Playing for Southampton and learning from a professional like Coach (Sidney) Green will make me a better player," said Stevens, who also played at Lamar Junior College in Colorado.
The Runnin' Colonials' season opens Nov. 22 at the Southern Connecticut Tournament.
Former Knick Sidney Green, whose 1995-96 coaching debut gave the men their best season in 15 years, says these additions can make Southampton one of the nation's best Division II programs.
"We're thrilled to have such outstanding players join us this year," said Green. "It says a lot about our program's reputation that we are now able to get seven recruits of this caliber."
Kosta Diamantis, a 6-2 shooting guard, comes from South Shore H.S. in Brooklyn. He was nominated All City, and averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals per game. Diamantis has a career high 96% free throw percentage.
Noel Diaz, a 5-10 point guard from Middletown H.S., was a First-Team All Star, County All Star, and team captain and MVP. Diaz, of Middletown , N.Y., averaged 18.9 points and 8 assists per game.
Karlton McCants, a 6-10 center from Mt. Vernon, N.Y., transferred from SUNY Cobleskill. He ranks second in the school's history in career rebounds and blocked shots.
New Recruits 2-2-2Marcus Simmons, a 6-7 forward, also transferred from SUNY Cobleskill, where he became the school's all-time leading rebounder. The Newburgh, N.Y. resident was a First-Team NJCAA All-American, and was twice selected First-Team All Region and First-Team All Conference. Simmons' 66.5 field goal percentage is a school record.
Bradley Washington, a 6-2 shooting guard from Baldwin H.S., was an All County selection in 1996. As team captain, the native of Queens averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists per game.
The seven recruits join returning players Kevin Fleming, Josh Gorman, David Harrison, Isaiah Russell, Andrew Francis, Nick and Paul Warywoda, Wally Midgley and Ron Cromer.
Last season, Southampton went 16-13, earning a bid to the ECAC playoffs, its first post-season appearance since 1972. The Runnin' Colonials also won the 1995-96 Sam Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award.
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