Nov. 15, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic men's basketball program and head coach Mike Jarvis have signed Chris Jenkins (Gladstone, NJ-Gil St. Bernard's High School) and Grant Pelchen (Jupiter-Jupiter High School) to National Letters of Intent. The duo will attend FAU and play for the Owls in 2013-14.
Chris Jenkins in a 6-foot-4 inch shooting guard who averaged 17 points a game as a junior at Morristown-Beard High School before transferring to St. Bernard's for his senior year. Jenkins will be expected to help fill the void created by the graduation of Greg Gantt at the end of this season.
"Chris is a great shooter, and you can never have enough shooters. He will play right away and play a lot. Exactly how much he plays, will probably depend on how well he plays defense," said FAU head coach Mike Jarvis. "With the inside game we will have, there will be plenty of open shots to be had and Chris will have an opportunity to capitalize on those."
Grant Pelchen is a 6-foot-10 center who averaged 8.3 points and 7.1 rebounds last season for the Warriors. Pelchen is also a stout defensive presence, blocking 3.7 shots a game as a junior. He helped Jupiter to an appearance in the 8A Regional Quarterfinals. Pelchen will add to what promises to be a strong interior game next season, with Dragan Sekelja and Justin Raffington already in the fold.
"Grant is a sleeper, some people might call him a project, but he's a good passer and he can shoot. The doctors told us that he might grow a little bit more, so he could be a seven-footer before it's all said and done," said Jarvis. "We will not only have three big guys next season, but three very good big guys, which is a luxury very few teams around the country have."
"They are both excellent students, who we expect to succeed both on and off the court."
FAU will continue action in the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Saturday when they play Coppin State at Elon in one of the Regional Games. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. and live audio will be available at www.fausports.com. Free live video will also be available on Elon's official live UStream channel here..
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