RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Recent high-school graduates Anas Amos (Newark, N.J./Newark East Side), Josiah Basket (West Milford, N.J./West Milford), KyYon Chapman (Newark, N.J./Payne Tech) and Deiker Padrino (Bogota, N.J./Bogota) have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their basketball careers at Felician University, Felician head men's coach Ivan Lewis announced today.
The 2018-19 NCAA signing period began on Nov. 14 and runs continuously through Aug 1. It replaces the separate early and regular signing periods of past years.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The 2018-19 Golden Falcons posted an overall won-lost record of 14-13, their first winning campaign in eight years, and reached the CACC playoffs for the second consecutive season.
"This class allows us to continue our on-court goal of playing an up-tempo style with pressure defense," Lewis said. "Our staff by now knows the skill set that best fits our program, and I give them so much credit for building relationships with local coaches and helping us attract four players of this caliber. We believe that there is strength in numbers – we want to be talented up and down the roster and use all our numbers effectively."
Amos, 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, won 108 games and scored 1,121 points as the four-year starting point guard at East Side High of Newark, according to NJ.com. He helped led the Red Raiders to four Newark Public Schools Tournament titles, three Essex County Tournament championships, and the 2019 state Group 4 crown. As a senior, Amos was chosen NJ.com's Essex County Player of the Year and to the all-state Second Team. "Anas (uh-NAHSS) is, first and foremost, a winner," Lewis said. "But in addition to his championship pedigree, he matches everything we've targeted. He's a playmaker that can push the tempo and put the ball where it's supposed to be."
Basket, a 6-foot-3 small forward, helped West Milford High to the Group 3 quarterfinals by averaging 26.0 points per game in 2018-19. He scored 1,491 career points for the Highlanders. According to NJHoops.com, Basket is a three-time all-Big North Independence Division and two-time all-Passaic County honoree. As a senior he was all chosen to the NorthJersey.com All-North Jersey First Team, the NJ.com all-Group 3 Second Team and to the NJ Hoops All-Shooter Second Team. "While Josiah is known for his shooting and scoring, we feel his ceiling is almost limitless," Lewis said. "We're confident that he'll grow into a good defender and a solid all-around basketball player."
Chapman averaged 16.3 points and 13.2 rebounds as a senior for Payne Tech of Newark during its inaugural season. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder was an NJ.com Third Team All-Group 3 selection. The previous year, he was named Second-Team All-Group 1 for since-closed Bloomfield Tech. "KyYon has a high motor with the ability to score in the paint and rebound at both ends of the floor," Lewis said. "He adds quality depth to our forward position."
Padrino, a 6-foot-2, 188-pound small forward, is coming off a postgraduate year at The Knox School in St. James, N.Y. A 2018 graduate of Bogota High, he was an NJ.com Second Team All-Group 1 choice in 2017-18 and a two-time All-Bergen County honoree. Padrino is among Bogota High's top five all-time scorers with 1,424 career points. "Deiker has good size at the wing and has the skill set to score at our level," Lewis said. "We anticipate him rounding out into a good two-way player."
Felician begins its 2019-20 season with two games in the Daemen College Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 8-9 in Amherst, N.Y.
Felician University engages more than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University was ranked 3rd-best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey in 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the No. 1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.