► Nate Navigato will join Toledo MBB
► Buffalo adds Dallas area player
► New Falcon shines in ‘3’ and ‘D’
► Toledo to Play in 2015 GCI Great Alaska Shootout
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Head coach Tod Kowalczyk has announced the signing of 6-7, 215-pound forward Nate Navigato (Geneva, IL) to a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Toledo beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.
“We’re extremely excited to have Nate join our program,” said Kowalczyk, who has guided the Rockets to a Mid-American Conference-best 47-20 (.701) win-loss mark over the last two seasons. “He’s a highly-skilled combo forward who can really shoot the ball, play inside and outside, and adds a missing dimension for our program.”
A first-team IBCA first-team all-state honoree, Navigato averaged 20.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals in his senior season at Geneva High School while leading the Vikings to a school-record 30 victories and a fourth-place finish in Class 4A. He capped his career as Geneva’s all-time leader in points (1,764), assists (227), three-point field goals (176), steals (132) and blocked shots (69). Navigato will play in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game on June 13.
As a junior, Navigato was named third team all-state and the captain of the all-area team after averaging 19 points and six rebounds per game. He concluded his junior campaign with a 41-point performance on the University of Illinois’ homecourt.
Navigato is the sixth member of Toledo’s 2015-16 recruiting class. He joins forward Taylor Adway (Hazel Crest, IL), forward/center Luke Knapke (Minster, OH), guard Nick Rogers (Indianapolis, IN), guard Jaelan Sanford (Evansville, IN) and guard Chandler White (Fort Wayne, IN).
Buffalo adds Dallas area player
First-year head coach Nate Oats added another member to the 2015-16 Bulls on Wednesday morning with the addition of Dallas, TX native CJ Massinburg. He becomes the third player to sign this spring with UB.
Massinburg is a 6'3" guard from South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas. As a senior, the combo guard averaged 23.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists, resulting in Offensive MVP in the district, All-State 5A and All-Region honors, along with a third-team All-Area selection. He led the 5A district in total points and was named the Dallas vs. Tarrant County All-Star Game MVP.
Massinburg had several big scoring performances during his senior season at South Oak Cliff, including a 42-point outburst in a win over Spruce High School. He also had a 37-point game against Kimball High School.
"We're really excited to bring CJ into our family here," said Oats. "He has a real chance to be a big contributor for us over the next four years. He is a big guard with a huge upside that can play multiple positions. He has won everywhere he has been, playing on extremely successful high school and AAU teams and we are thrilled that he will bring that winning attitude to Buffalo."
Massinburg joins Willie Conner and David Kadiri, who both signed during the spring period, and Nick Perkins, who signed with the Bulls back in November.
New Falcon shines in ‘3’ and ‘D’
Bowling Green State University men's basketball head coach Michael Huger is excited to announce the addition of Wesley Alcegaire (Miami, Fla. / Daytona State College) to the men's basketball program.
"Wesley is a wonderful addition to our Bowling Green family. He is a very good defender and a great three-point shooter," Coach Huger commented. "I look forward to coaching him this season."
A 6-5 shooting guard, Alcegaire played high school basketball at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School before signing with Liberty University in 2012. A four-year letterwinner at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame, he was named to the 2011-12 Florida Association of Basketball Coaches 3A All-State Team and earned All-Dade County First Team honors his senior season when he averaged 28.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. He led the Knights to a 27-3 overall record, a district championship title and a regional appearance.
Alcegaire, who also lettered in track where he was a district champion in the high jump, was named second team All-Dade County in both his junior and sophomore seasons after receiving honorable mention recognition as a freshman.
After redshirting as a true freshman at Liberty in 2012-13, Alcegaire played in 21 games as a redshirt-freshman in 2013-14. He averaged 1.3 points and 0.5 rebounds per game in limited action on the season, yet shot 61.1 percent overall from the floor on the year.
Following one season at Liberty, Alcegaire transferred to Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla. where in 2014-15 he led the Falcons to a 21-8 overall record and a first-place finish in the Mid-Florida Conference with an 8-1 league record. The sophomore averaged 17.1 points per game on 45.9 percent shooting from the field, 37.4 percent from the three-point line and 73.7 percent from the free throw line on the year. Alcegaire also averaged 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game for the Daytona State Falcons to earn Mid-Florida Conference First Team All-Conference recognition.
Toledo to Play in 2015 GCI Great Alaska Shootout
Toledo is one of eight programs participating in the 2015 GCI Great Alaska Shootout next season, The oldest continuously running in-season college basketball tournament in the nation, the 38th-annual Shootout will feature an eight-team field for this year’s tournament and is scheduled to be played Nov. 25-28 at the Alaska Airlines Center.
“We’re happy to be playing in the Great Alaska Shootout next season,” Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “We’re going to have a young team and going to this tournament will be a great opportunity for us to develop our chemistry.”
Joining the Rockets in the field will be Drexel, Loyola (IL), Middle Tennessee, UNC Asheville, San Diego, San Jose State and the host Seawolves. Including UAA, four of the eight programs posted winning records this past season, while San Diego and UNC Asheville were each just one game under .500.
Toledo is coming off a pair of 20-win seasons and has posted a Mid-American Conference-best 47 victories over the last two seasons. The Rockets are returning two starters, junior center Nathan Boothe and sophomore guard Jonathan Williams. Boothe averaged 10.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg en route to earning honorable-mention All-MAC honors, while Williams tallied 10.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg.