With the Fall 2020 semester already in full swing at The University of Scranton, the Royals men's basketball team recently welcomed four newcomers to the program. The four are Scott Graffam, Tahaj Parland, Zach Rovinsky, and Ryan Starr.
Graffam, a native of Falls Church, Va., comes to Scranton after a prep career at both George Mason High School and Bridgton Academy in Maine. A 6-foot guard, Graffam helped George Mason H.S. capture their district championship in 2019, while the squad was a runner-up in the regional tournament. At Bridgton Academic, he earned the highest honors award, as well. He is still undecided on a major at the University.
Parland, a native of Neptune, N.J., joins the program from Mater Dei Prep in Middletown, N.J. There, Parland was a two-sport athlete in both basketball and football, earning First Team All-Division honors in The Shore Conference after his senior season this past winter. Averaging 8.8 points a game at guard for Mater Dei in 2019-20, Parland was also named to the 2020 Two River Times All-Area Boy Basketball Second Team, as well. Parland intends to major in Business Communication at Scranton.
Rovinsky did not have to come far to join the Scranton basketball family, as he is a native of nearby Waymart, Pa. and prepped at Western Wayne High School.
A 6-foot-8 forward, Rovinsky earned four letters in basketball at Western Wayne, where he averaged a double-double in his senior season (22.8 points/12 rebounds per game), along with 4.1 assists and two blocks per contest. Western Wayne's all-time leading scorer with 1,637 career points, he was named a Lackawanna League Division III All-Star four times throughout his career. He also earned PIAA Class AAAA Second Team All-State accolades and Lackawanna League All-Region Team honors after his senior season, as well.
Rovinsky intends to major in Biochemistry/Molecular and Cell Biology at Scranton.
Starr, a native of Upper Saddle River, N.J., transfers into the University from Sewanee (Tenn.) and will have junior eligibility.
At Sewanee, the 6-2 guard played and started in 25 games during the 2019-20 season, averaging 11.4 points a contest. Averaging 31.5 minutes per game, Starr had 16 double-digit scoring games throughout the year, including a 26-point effort vs. LaGrange (Ga.) on Nov. 16, an 87-80 win for Sewanee.
Starr prepped at Northern Highlands Regional High School in New Jersey, where he lettered for three seasons in basketball, earning First Team All-League honors twice. He has enrolled in Scranton's Psychology program, as well.
Last season, the Royals finished with a 19-8 overall record and advanced to the 2020 Landmark Conference championship game under head coach Carl Danzig, who completed his 19th season at the helm of the program in 2019-20.
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