The incoming student-athletes include Joel James (pronounced joe-ELL) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Brice Johnson of Orangeburg, S.C.; Marcus Paige of Marion, Iowa; and J.P. Tokoto (pronounced TOE-kuh-toe) of Menomonee Falls, Wis.
James is a 6-11 forward who plays for coach Fred Ross at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
“Joel is an incredible story,” says Williams. “He is one of 11 kids, and he decided on his own to do a great job in the classroom and on the basketball court. His is an incredibly positive story both in basketball and life. I know he will help us rebound the ball, block shots and improve his game on the offensive end.”
Johnson is a 6-9 forward who plays for coach Herman Johnson at Edisto High School in Cordova, S.C.
“Brice plays for his dad at a small school in South Carolina and he has tremendous upside as a player,” says Williams. “He’s just now starting to realize what he can do on the basketball court. He blocks shots, is effective around the basket and is going to be a big-time athlete for us.”
Paige is a 6-1 point guard who plays for coach Chris Robertson at Linn Mar High School in Marion, Iowa.
“Marcus is a great floor general who, like the other three young men that we’ve signed, comes from a great family. He’s a straight-A student who comes from a basketball family. His mom was a long-time high school basketball coach and his older sister plays at Wisconsin. Marcus is the type of player that everyone on the floor likes to play alongside.”
Tokoto is a 6-6 wing player that plays for coach Dan Leffel at Menomonee Falls High School.
“J.P. is an incredibly athletic player and a wonderful young man,” says Williams. “He really works hard and appreciates life. He has the ability to be a big-time defender and is outstanding around the rim. He has to be one of the most athletic players in the entire class.”