When The University of Scranton men's basketball team kicks-off their 2019-20 campaign in October with preseason practices, the Royals will be welcoming three newcomers to their roster. The three newcomers are - Ryan Ems, Stephen Braunstein, and Jack Lambert.
Ems, a native of Voorhees, N.J., will join the Scranton program off a successful prep career at Eastern Regional High School. On the hardwood at Eastern Regional, the 6-foot-6, 220 pound forward averaged a double-double for his high school career, finishing at 18.8 points a game and 10 rebounds per contest. He also posted the fourth and fifth highest-scoring games in school history, registering a 41 point and 39 point effort during his career.
Eastern Regional's team captain his senior season, Ems went on to earn team MVP honors in his senior campaign, while also nabbing First Team All-Conference and First Team All-South Jersey Group Four honors. A Second Team All-South Jersey selection, Ems was also named to the South Jersey All-Star team and was also a New Jersey State All-Star Selection.
At Scranton, Ems intends to major in Kinesiology.
Braunstein will also join the Royals program from the Garden State, as he is a product of Colts Neck, N.J. and Christian Brothers Academy.
In his career with the Colts, Braunstein finished his career averaging 18 points per game, to go along with five rebounds and three assists per contest. A 1,000 point scorer for Christian Brothers as 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard, Braunstein was a two-time Second Team All-Conference and First Team All-Division selection in his career.
A Shore Conference All-Star, team MVP selection and team captain for two seasons at Christian Brothers Academy, Braunstein intends to major in Business at Scranton.
The third newcomer for the Royals comes to Scranton from Cooperstown, N.Y., where Lambert starred on the hardwood for Cooperstown Central High School.
Lambert ended his career for the Hawkeyes averaging 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game, as he won more games at Cooperstown Central than any player in program history (84).
The New York State Class C Player of the Year in 2019, Lambert led the Hawkeyes to the NY State Class C state title in '19 (their first in school history), as he went on to earn Class C Final Four MVP honors.
At the 2019 NYS Final Four, Lambert set three records on his way to leading the Hawkeyes to a state title - most points in one game (53), most points scored in a Final Four (76) and most made field goals in a Final Four (29). In his career, Lambert led Cooperstown Central to three Section III titles ('16, '17, '19) and a Regional Championship ('19).
In the Cooperstown Central record book, Lambert holds the school record for all-time steals (196) and most three-pointers made in a game (10), as he is the second all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,734 career points. The Center State Conference Player of the Year in 2019, Lambert was a three-time Center State Conference All-Star and a three-time Oneonta Daily Star All-Star. He also captured the Daily Star's Player of the Year award in 2019, as well.
A two-time Syracuse.com All-Star, Lambert is still undecided on a major.
The University of Scranton men's basketball team is slated to begin their 2019-20 season at home in the John Long Center on Nov. 9 against Stevenson. It will be the first of 13 home games on the regular season for the Royals, as Scranton looks to build off a 20-6 campaign in 2018-19.
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