The Northern Arizona men's basketball program signed Keith Haymon and Cameron Shelton to National Letters of Intent for the 2018-19 season, head coach Jack Murphy announced on Wednesday.
"We went into the fall with two scholarships and really wanted to get a ball-handling guard and a scorer on the wing and I feel we accomplished that," Murphy said.
Haymon, a 6-6 forward out of Cypress Ranch High School in the Houston metro area (Cypress, Texas), averaged 8.3 points and 4.6 rebounds over 29 games during his junior season for the Mustangs. He missed a portion of his junior year due to injury but still managed to post double-figure points in 13 games, including each of the last seven.
Shelton, a 6-2, left-handed guard out of Damien High School in La Verne, California, posted 22 points, five assists, seven rebounds and three steals per game for the Spartans during his junior campaign en route to being honored with the Most Outstanding Player Award for the San Gabriel Valley Area.
He also set the Damien High single-season scoring (782 points) and steal (105) records. Prior to transferring to Damien, Shelton spent his first two seasons at Chino Hills High School (California), where he was a member of an undefeated (35-0) state championship team in 2015-16 and a teammate of current Los Angeles Laker Lonzo Ball.
Head coach Loree Payne dipped into Northwest roots, while also sticking with her commitment to recruit in-state, in netting three commitments during the fall signing period. Payne announced the additions of Sentia Bryant (Mesa), Morgan Gary (Kent, Washington) and Regan Schenck (Woodinville, Washington), who all signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.
Bryant, Gary and Schenck will be incoming freshmen for the 2018-19 season.
Bryant will join the Lumberjacks out of Desert Ridge High School. A 6-1 post, Bryant was a nightly double-double as a junior last season, averaging 12.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game, in addition to 2.8 blocks per game. A 2017 6A All-Region Honorable Mention pick, she shot 46 percent from the field last season and holds her school record with 22 rebounds in a game.
One of two signees from Washington, Gary has starred at Kentridge High School, where she is a two-time First Team All-District selection. Last season, the 5-9 guard averaged 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game to help Kentridge win the Washington 4A state championship. She was named to the WIAA 4A Championship Second Team and held a 46 percent field goal percentage.
Schenck, a 5-7 guard, has enjoyed a record-setting career so far at Woodinville High School in Washington. The school record holder with 447 career assists, Schenck is a three-time KingCo 4A All-Conference player who averaged 10.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game as a junior. She competed at the 2016 USA Basketball U17 World Championships Team Trials and led her high school team to the conference championships last season.
Northern Arizona's NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 85 is a one percent increase over a year ago and ranks second in the Big Sky Conference, according to a national report released Wednesday.
The NCAA developed the GSR for Division I institutions in 2002 in response to college and university presidents who wanted more accurate graduation data. NAU's rate is the second-highest among Arizona state institutions.
Four teams posted a 100 percent graduation success rate for NAU, including women's tennis, which posted a perfect score for the fourth consecutive year. The NAU women's soccer program tabbed a perfect score for the third consecutive time, while the women's and men's basketball teams also registered 100 percent marks.
The Lumberjack men's basketball program was the only Big Sky men's basketball team to record a perfect total. In addition, the NAU women's swimming and diving squad also notched an impressive 95 percent GSR in the 2017 report.
The latest Academic Progress Rate that was released in May showed that all 15 NAU sponsored sports continue to exceed NCAA academic standards for the eighth consecutive year. NAU finished the 2016-17 academic year with a 3.12 overall cumulative grade point average. A total of 59 student-athletes graduated last school year.