Stags Welcome Five Newcomers to Men’s Basketball Program

Stags Welcome Five Newcomers to Men’s Basketball Program

Head Coach Jay Young

Head Coach Jay Young has announced three first-years and two transfers for Fairfield's 2020-21 campaign.

Men’s basketball Head Coach Jay Young has announced the five newcomers set to join the Stags beginning in the 2020-21 season. The group includes three first-years from the Fairfield Class of 2024 and a pair of Division I transfers.

Supreme Cook joins the Stags after spending last season at The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. The forward also attended East Orange Campus High School for three years and St. Benedict's Prep for one year before enrolling at Peddie. Cook played AAU basketball with the New Jersey Roadrunners, the same program which featured current Fairfield guard Taj Benning ’21. Last season, Cook garnered several post-season honors from, earning second-team All-State Independent/Prep and a spot on the website's All-Rebounding first team.

Jason Edokpayi helped Mount St. Joseph High School (Baltimore, Md.) to a 27-11 record in 2018-19. Most recently, he averaged a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds per contest which helped him earn the Baltimore Catholic League's Most Improved Player. He also collected a spot on the All-BCL first team.

Jalen Leach, a guard from Nyack, N.Y., started his high school career at Bergen Catholic (N.J.) High School before attending the Tilton School in New Hampshire. He earned All-NEPSAC honors (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council) in 2020 after helping his team post 11 wins during the 2019-20 season. Leach finished his 2019-20 season with a 24.2 scoring average along with 7.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists. He was also chosen to the All-New England second team.

A transfer student-athlete from Rice University, Zach Crisler started seven of his 23 appearances for the Owls as a freshman in 2019-20 He made his collegiate debut against the University of Arkansas before scoring his first points against Penn one game later. He scored in eight straight games in January which resulted in 4.3 points per game including a season-high 11 points at North Texas. Before playing at Rice, Crisler excelled on the hardwood at LaSalle College High School.

Rounding out the quintet is Jake Wojcik, who comes to Fairfield after spending his first two seasons at the University of Richmond. In his first season at Richmond, the guard started 33 games which was the second most by a freshman in school history. He placed fifth on the team in scoring with 7.7 points per game and fourth in rebounding with 3.5 rebounds every forty minutes. He showed his long-range shooting ability with 65 three pointers in 2018-19. As a sophomore, he appeared in all 31 games and averaged 3.3 points per game.

The Fairfield University men's basketball team will begin its second season under Coach Young in 2020-21. This past year, the Stags became one of the top defensive teams in the country, ranking 23rd in the nation in scoring defense by allowing 62.9 points per game.

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