When the sneakers hit the hardwood for the beginning of basketball practice in two months, University of Scranton men's basketball coach Carl Danzig will welcome five fresh faces to the Royals' roster for the 2018-19 season.
The five newcomers are 6-foot-4 guard Benjamin Bosland out of Colts Neck High School in Colts Neck, N.J.; 6-foot-1 guard Jack Brockett out of Seneca High School in Tabernacle, N.J.; 6-foot-7 small forward Paul Brown out of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del.; 6-foot-6 guard Jackson Danzig out of Abington Heights High School in nearby Clarks Summit, Pa.; and 6-foot-6 guard/forward Peter Hartrick out of Seton Central Catholic High School in Binghamton, N.Y.
The five new players will join a roster that includes 12 players who return from last year's team that went 13-12 and finished 9-5 in Landmark Conference play.
Bosland averaged 12.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.7 blocks per game as a senior at Colts Neck while playing for coach Lou Piccola. He helped Colts Neck win the Central Jersey Group IV state championship in 2016 and reach the final in 2018. As a senior, Bosland was named A-North All-First Team after leading the Shore Conference in assists. He was also selected to play in the Shore Conference Senior All-Star Game and the New Jersey North/South All-Star Game.
Bosland also earned A-North All-Third Team honors as a junior. He will enroll as business undecided for a major.
Brockett joins the Royals after averaging 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a block as a senior at Seneca under head coach Sean Kennevan. He graduated as the second-leading scorer in Seneca history after eclipsing the 1,000-point milestone. Brockett was twice named first-team all-conference (2017, 2018) and was a South Jersey Group 3 first-team selection and a second-team all-county selection. He will major in finance.
Brown comes to Scranton after averaging 16.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.6 blocks per game as a senior for head coach Brendan Haley at Salesianum. A four-year starter, he helped Salesianum win the state title in 2015 and was twice named first-team all-conference (2017-2018) in addition to all-state honorable mention (2018), Delaware Top 15 North (2018) and a Blue-Gold All-Star (2018). Brown will major in biology at the University.
Danzig is the third of head coach Carl Danzig's sons to play for the Royals. He averaged 17.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.0 blocks per game while helping the Comets of head coach Ken Bianchi win the Class 5A State Championship and earning first-team all-state and Times-Tribune Male Athlete of the Year honors as a senior. Danzig set the Abington Heights single-season record with 74 3-pointers as a senior, and he graduated with 1,165 career points.
A second-team all-state selection as a junior, Danzig was twice named first-team all-conference (2017, 2018) while helping Abington Heights win the District 2 championship in all four of his seasons and reach the final four in the state in Class 5A as a junior. Danzig is undecided on his major.
Hartrick joins the Royals after averaging a double-double of 10.5 points and 10.2 rebounds along with 2.8 assists and 1.8 blocks as a senior for head coach Chris Sinicki at Seton Catholic Central. He helped the Saints reach the NYSPHSAA Class B title game while posting a 23-3 record last season, the best in school history. Hartrick was twice named all-state as well as being named to the Elite 10 team – the top 10 players in Section 4 – in 2017 and 2018.
A two-time Basketball Coaches of New York All-Region selection (2017, 2018), Hartrick averaged 15.1 points and 10.1 rebounds as a junior. He will major in marketing.
The Royals will open the 2017-18 season on Saturday, Nov. 10, when they go on the road to face Stevenson at 3 p.m. in Owings Mills, Md. They open their home schedule by hosting the Hilton Scranton Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, in the Long Center. Scranton will take on Hartwick at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Ursinus faces St. Lawrence in the first game at 5:30.