RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rising college juniors Jeff Lewis (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek), Rachid Shimou (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) and Isiah Hinton-Gray (Brooklyn, N.Y./William Allen [Pa.]) have transferred to Felician University and signed athletics financial aid agreements for men's basketball, Felician head coach Ivan Lewis announced today.
Junior-to-be Chris Garcia (Howard Beach, N.Y./Forest Hills) has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at Felician, coach Lewis additionally released.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The 2017-18 Golden Falcons posted an overall won-lost record of 12-16 and reached the CACC playoffs for the first time in five years.
"These four young men bring maturity to our program," said Lewis, entering his fourth season. "We have a young foundation returning and these players lend age and stability to our roster. We also were looking to add depth at several positions, as well as length and athleticism to improve defensively."
Jeff Lewis, 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, comes to Felician after one season at Cheyney (Pa.) University. The backcourt player was chosen the Wolves' team MVP in 2017-18, averaging 11.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 26 contests. He previously toiled for Gloucester Community College (now Rowan College at Gloucester County). Lewis, a 2013 graduate of Timber Creek Regional of Erial, is a likely business administration major at Felician. "Jeff is likely to replenish some of the scoring that we've lost," coach Lewis said. "He's a long, athletic player that can also defend multiple positions."
Shimou sat out last season after playing two years for fellow CACC member Goldey-Beacom College. In 39 games with the Lightning, he averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.9 minutes. A 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard, Shimou completed his career at Piscataway High in 2014 before performing a postgraduate year at Coastal Academy of Belmar. He expects to major in biology. "Rachid is an athletic wing who will help defend the talented guards and wings in our conference," Lewis said. "He'll put the ball in the basket regularly as well."
Hinton-Gray played football and basketball at William Allen High of Allentown, Pa., graduating in 2015. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound forward attempted a gridiron career at Wilkes University before enjoying a standout pair of seasons on the hardwood at Northampton Community College of Bethlehem, Pa. In 58 junior college games, Hinton-Gray recorded 829 points, 690 rebounds and 103 blocks. He expects to study criminal justice. "Isiah addresses our frontcourt depth with his ability to rebound and defend," Lewis said. "He'll bring us toughness and high energy."
Garcia, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward, spent a postgraduate year at Springfield (Mass.) Commonwealth Academy before playing the last two seasons at the Community College of Rhode Island. He led the Knights in rebounding as a sophomore. A 2015 graduate of Forest Hills (N.Y.) High School, Garcia intends to major in marketing. "Chris is a guy that can give us quality frontcourt minutes, especially on the defensive end," Lewis said. "He fits the profile our staff was trying to add to the program."
Felician begins its 2018-19 campaign with a home game against Mercy College on Monday, November 12, at 7 p.m. in Rutherford.