University of Scranton men's basketball coach Carl Danzig announced today that the Royals will welcome five newcomers to the squad for the 2017-18 season.
The five new faces on the defending Landmark Conference championship squad are 6-foot-4 guard Logan Bailey out of Scranton Prep in Scranton; 6-foot-8 forward Ryan Braun out of Lansdale Catholic in Lansdale, Pa.; 6-foot-8 forward/center Nolan Genasevich from Sugarloaf, Pa.; 6-foot-1 guard Brian Monaghan out of Morristown-Beard High School in Morristown, N.J.; and 6-foot-3 guard/forward Jack Stafford out of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School in Plainview, N.Y.
The five newcomers will join Danzig's team, which features four returning starters from last year's squad that finished 22-7, won its seventh title in 10 years in the Landmark Conference, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It was the Royals' fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the 28th in program history.
Logan Bailey comes to the University after a standout career at nearby Scranton Prep, where he led the Cavaliers to three PIAA District 2 Class AAAA championships, three Lackawanna League crowns and three Lynett Tournament championships. He was a third-team all-state selection as a senior and a two-time All-Region selection by The Times-Tribune, including Player of the Year as a senior.
As a senior, Bailey averaged 13.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.7 steals per game. The son of Todd and Margi Bailey, he plans to major in biology.
Long-time fans of University of Scranton men's basketball may be familiar with Bailey, whose father, Todd, was the point guard and a team captain on the Royals' 1983 national championship team, earning Final Four All-Tournament Team honors, and is a member of the University's athletics Wall of Fame.
Braun joins the Royals after averaging 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 blocks per game as a senior at Lansdale Catholic. As a three-year starter, he shot 39 percent from 3-point range and led the team in blocked shots in each of those three seasons.
The son of Robert and Susan Braun, he will major in communication at the University.
Genasevich, who was homeschooled, helped the Cougars of Hazleton Area win the District 2 Class 6A championship and the Wyoming Valley Conference crown while winning the Ray Bradish Award. He averaged 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game as a senior.
The son of Gary Genasevich, Nolan will major in business administration.
Monaghan comes to Scranton after averaging 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a senior at Morristown-Beard, helping the Crimson win a school-record 25 games while capturing the league championship, prep tournament title and reaching the Morris County tournament final for the first time.
A two-year team captain, Monaghan scored 1,460 career points while earning first-team all-conference honors three times, first-team all-Morris County twice and first-team all-prep twice. He was also the Mugs Media Player of the Year as a senior and played in the New Jersey North-South All-Star Game.
The son of Brian and Maureen Monaghan, he will major in finance at the University.
Stafford arrives in Scranton after averaging 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game as a senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage. He earned all-Nassau County honors and all-state honorable mention as a senior, was named a top 50 player on Long Island and was selected to play on Team Nassau County in the 2017 Alzheimer Classic game.
The son of Steve and Mary Stafford, Jack will begin his academic career on an exploratory track.
The Royal will open the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 17, when they host Penn State-Berks at 7:30 p.m. in the second game of the opening night of the Hilton Scranton Invitational in the Long Center. York faces Pitt-Bradford in the first game at 5:30 p.m. A day later, the third-place game will tip off at 2 p.m., followed by the title game at 4 p.m.