Emmitsburg, Md. (November 10, 2011)—Mount St. Mary's men's basketball coach Robert Burke has announced the signings of Chazz Patterson (Browns Mill, N.J./Trenton Catholic) and Gregory Graves (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) to National Letters of Intent to enroll at the Mount for the 2012-13 school year.
Patterson, a 6-4 wing, helped lead Trenton Catholic to the 2010 New Jersey Tournament of Champions title after capturing the 2010 New Jersey Non-Public B Division State championship. Last season, he tallied a career high 22 points in a victory over Friends Central while averaging five points per game at Trenton Catholic.
He played basketball this summer for Team Philly directed by Lonnie Lowery while his high school coach was Fred Falchi and is now Mel Weldon.
"Chazz is an athletic, versatile player who makes those around him better," said Burke. "He has competed and won at a high level with both his high school and AAU teams. We are very much looking forward to Chazz joining our program."
Graves, a 6-7 forward, has helped lead Potomac Falls High School to back-to-back state titles while playing for head coach Jeff Hawes. Last season, he averaged 15.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. In the state championship game, Graves had a double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds while chipping in six blocks in the win.
Graves was named honorable mention All-Met by the Washington Post as a junior. He also earned First Team All-Dulles District and Second Team All-State (Class AA) last season. He played basketball this past summer for Team Loaded (Petersburg, Va.), directed by coach Ty White.
"Greg brings a combination of toughness, athleticism, skill and size that our team needs. In addition, he is a leader who has experienced winning championships. We are very excited about his decision to be a Mountaineer," said Burke.
Mount St. Mary's opens the 2011-12 season on Friday night at #22 Marquette. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. and the game will air live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Sports Channel (NY) and will also be available on ESPN3.