Men's Basketball

Incoming Class Grows to Four

Gabe Levin
Gabe Levin

May 6, 2013

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LOS ANGELES -- The 2013-14 recruiting class for the LMU men's basketball program continues to grow, as Head Coach Max Good announced that Gabe Levin from St. Thomas More School has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend LMU and play basketball for the Lions starting in the fall of 2013.

Levin, a 6-7 power forward from the same prep school league as Anthony Ireland, is the fourth member of the incoming class for the Lions. He joins Nino Jackson (Ardmore, Okla.), Evan Payne (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) and Patson Siame (Zambia) as the Lions' incoming class for 2013-14.

"We are very excited about this year's recruiting class," said Good, who will enter his sixth season with the Lions in 2013-14. "Competition for playing time next season will be fierce, probably the most we have had in six years here. And that is very important in building a team to compete in a conference as good as the WCC."

A First-Team All-NEPSAC (New England Prep School Athletic Conference) performer in Class AAA, Levin had a huge post-graduate season for the Chancellors, helping them earn the top seed in the post-season tournament and advance all the way to the NEPSAC finals.

"Gabe has the size and skills to impact the game in many ways. However, its his toughness that will drive opponents crazy," said Good. "He has a great motor and is a very good rebounder. He has shown great range but can also really compete under the basket."

 

 

Prior to his year of post-graduate studies at Saint Thomas More, Levin graduated from Oak Park High School in River Forest, IL. In his senior season he average nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per contest. He would lead Oak Park with 16 points and 13 rebounds to help them to the Class 42 Lyons Township regional championship. They would advance to the sectional semifinals and finish with a 20-7 overall record and a West Suburban Conference title and first regional title since 2008.

His success his senior season earned him fourth-team All-State from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, selected as one of 28 players for the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association North - South All - Star Game at Illinois Wesleyan University, selected for the Chicago United Hoops Classic South Side vs. West Side All - Star Game, ESPN Chicago All - Area Team; All-West Suburban Conference and Academic All-Conference honors.

2013-14 LMU Incoming Class

Name  Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Last school
Nino Jackson  G 6-2 170 Ardmore, Okla.  Kingdom Christian Academy (Ga.) 
Gabe Levin F 6-7 230 Oak Park, Ill. St. Thomas More School (Conn.)
Evan Payne G 6-2 180 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio  Kingdom Christian Academy (Ga.)
Patson Siame  C/F 6-10 210 Zambia Trinity International (Nev.)

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