POUGHKEEPSIE – Marist head men’s basketball coach Jeff Bower has announced the signings of Obi Momah and James Griffin to National Letters of Intent. Both Momah and Griffin will join the Red Foxes as true freshmen for the 2014-15 school year.
Obi Momah – 6-7 / 220 – Forward – Farmington, Conn. / Farmington
Momah is a versatile power forward who averaged a double-double for Farmington High School this past season with 18.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. A McDonald’s All-American nominee, Momah was named Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the Hartford Courant, First Team All-State by the New Haven Register as well as CHSCA Class L First Team All-State. He was named his high school’s most outstanding player as a junior and senior, and was named Academic All-League.
Momah was named to the CHSCA Senior All-Star Game, and JCC Schoolboy Classic All-Star Game. His game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer for Farmington in this year’s Connecticut state tournament on March 10 made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.
Bower on Momah: “Obi is a standout in every area we value as a program. His work ethic, accomplishments to date and his potential for growth as a player are all areas that will impact the program greatly. His strengths fit the needs of this roster and will put him in position to compete for our team next year.”
James Griffin – 6-5 / 200 – Shooting Guard – Brisbane, Queensland (Australia) / Westwind Prep Academy (Arizona)
A native of Australia, Griffin comes to Marist from Westwind Prep in Phoenix, where he averaged 14 points and six rebounds per game while shooting over 40 percent from three-point range this past season. Griffin is a strong all-around athlete who also played water polo, rugby and volleyball scholastically, and was the captain of his basketball and volleyball teams. He also was in the Rookie Program for the Brisbane Lions Australian Football Academy in 2012.
Griffin played for the Brisbane Spartans from ages 8 to 18, winning two Most Valuable Player awards and one Best and Fairest honor. He has extensive experience with national tournaments in Australia, and also played AAU basketball with the Bay Area Ballers in San Francisco under head coach Nelson Washington.
Bower on Griffin: “James will bring good size and outstanding length for his position and versatility that we value. He’ll make a contribution rebounding, defending and scoring the ball. We feel his passing ability will also create opportunities, and we are also adding an experienced three-point shooter.”
Momah and Griffin join R.J. Coil and K.J. Lee as newcomers who have signed National Letters of Intent to play at Marist starting in the 2014-15 season. Both Coil and Lee signed in November.