Men's Basketball Announces 2016-17 Recruiting Class

Men's Basketball Announces 2016-17 Recruiting Class

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College men's basketball head coach Jason Polykoff has announced his team's recruiting class for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Nine Quakers, including six from Indiana, will join the men's basketball program that finished 2-23 a season ago.

Coach Polykoff said the following about the incoming class, "This talented group includes team captains, All-Conference, All-City, and All-Area players as well as 1,000-point scorers. We have players whose high school teams have won multiple conference, county, and sectional titles as well as regional and semi-state finalists. We even have an Indiana state champion. Even more, our freshmen class excels in the classroom. We have honor roll students, scholar-athlete award winners and students who were top 10 percent of their class. We have members of the National Honors Society, and a student who finished Summa Cum Laude at his high school. But just as important, we have high character young men who are youth group leaders, academic tutors, and perform community service. In fact, one of our freshmen graduated with more community service hours than anyone else in his high school class of over 720 students. Needless to say, we are excited for what the future holds for these future Earlham Quakers!"

The members of the incoming class are listed below in alphabetical order:

Blake Bonin
5'8" Guard from Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point High School

"I chose to attend Earlham College because not only will I get a great education, but I will be able to play the sport I love as well. I am most looking forward to the opportunities that will be presented to me after I attend Earlham to better my future as an adult."

On the Court:
- Led area in assists per game (5.8)
- Three-time All-Area Honorable Mention
- Three-time All-Conference Honorable Mention
- Three-year varsity captain
- Two-time sectional champion
- Two-time regional finalist

Off the Court:
- Received an academic honors diploma
- Graduated with the most community service hours in his class
- Member of the school acapella group
- Coached youth basketball in the summer

Cristian Camarillo
5'7" Guard from Chicago, Ill. / Holt Trinity High School

"I chose to attend Earlham College because from the beginning I could tell by the atmosphere that I will excel academically and socially there. It was a perfect fit. The College has a good reputation and I'm looking forward to meeting new people and persevering through upcoming challenges."

On the Court:
- Two-time All-Tournament Team
- 2A state three-point champion
- Illinois "King of the Hill" champion
- School record for assists in a game (20)
- Regional finalist
- 2016 Conference champion

Off the Court:
- Nominated for the All-State Academic Team
- Multi-sport athlete (baseball and soccer)
- Umpire for youth baseball league
- Worked in a summer program for children

Tarig Eldosougi
6'4" Forward from Indianapolis, Ind. / Brebeuf Jesuit High School

"I chose Earlham College because of the community. I know that Earlham will help me become extremely successful in the future. Earlham is also a place that will change me in a positive way on and off the court."

On the Court:
- Varsity captain
- Two-time team leading rebounder
- Two-year varsity starter
- 2016 Regional finalist

Off the Court:
- Selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum
- Volunteer for Circle City Relief

Xavier Gibbs
6'0" Guard from Columbus, Ohio / Briggs High School

"I'm looking forward to living in a new environment at Earlham College. I am also looking forward to the basketball season because it was the biggest factor in my commitment to the College. The coaches are great people and everyone I met on campus was great."

On the Court:
- Varsity team captain
- All-City Honorable Mention
- City All-Star
- Led team to first tournament victory in 20 years

Off the Court:
- Academic scholarship award winner

Mitchell Parker
6'2" Guard from Peoria, Ill. / Richwoods High School

"I chose Earlham College because it is a small school where I can focus on my coursework and stay in the gym."

On the Court:
- Two-year varsity player
- Varsity starter as a senior

Off the Court:
- Member of the National Honors Society
- IB Diploma Program candidate
- Community service volunteer
- Youth basketball team coach

John Sakaleros
6'5" Forward from Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point High School

"I chose Earlham College because of the closeness and sense of community that it offers as well as for the great opportunities it offers for my future career in the field of medicine and the opportunity to play collegiate basketball. I'm most looking forward to making a lot of new friends on campus and on the basketball team, pursuing my passion of studying biochemistry, and bringing home a conference championship."

On the Court:
- All-Area Honorable Mention
- Calumet Region High School Sportsmanship Award
- Crown Point High School Mental Attitude Award
- Scholar-athlete Award

Off the Court:
- Ranked in the top one percent of his class
- Graduated summa cum laude
- Member of the National Honor Society
- AP Scholar Award with distinction
- Crown Point Board of Trustees Award for meritorious distinction
- Crown Point High School distinguished graduate
- Member of student council

Tommy Sanborn
6'5" Guard from Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point High School

"I chose Earlham College because I can not only play basketball in college, but also get my education from a very well recognized institution."

On the Court:
- Two-time section champion
- Two-time regional finalist

Off the Court:
- Honor Roll student
- Member of the non-bullying club
- Employee at a local golf course


Kenneth Stalling Jr.
6'3" Guard from Gary, Ind. / Leadership Academy

"I chose Earlham College because of its diversity and my academics are what matter to me first. The campus is beautiful and the right size for me. I look forward to meeting new people, interacting with my teammates, and just having a successful first year."

On the Court:
- Led the region in steals as a junior
- 2013 Indiana High School state champion
- 2014 Indiana High School state finalist
- Thea Bowman Most Athletic Award

Off the Court:
- Honor Roll student
- Perfect Attendance Award
- Member of the student council
- Member of the yearbook club
- Serves as a mentor
- Volunteers to clean up neighborhood parks
- Member of student council

Bailey Stewart
6'3" Guard from Richmond, Ind. / Northeastern High School

"I chose Earlham College not only to turn the basketball program around, but also to get a valuable education. I believe that Earlham can and will provide a great atmosphere. I also feel very comfortable knowing that I am close to home. Earlham is a great college with a great reputation, and I am very thankful and appreciative that I am given the opportunity to receive this education and continue to play basketball."

On the Court:
- Four-time All-Conference
- Three-time All-Area Second Team
- 1,000-point scorer
- Conference, country, and sectional champion
- Three-time team leader in points, rebounds, assists, and steals

Off the Court:
- Ranked in the top ten percent of his class
- Made the superintendent's list four times
- Youth group leader
- Church volunteer


Earlham will open its 2016-17 season at the Allegheny Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 18-19.

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