EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette men’s basketball head coach Fran O’Hanlon added a fourth commitment to the Class of 2020 on Thursday afternoon as Myles Cherry will join the Leopards for the 2016-17 season.
Cherry, a 6-8 forward from Newcastle, Australia, continues the pipeline of big men that have played for the Maroon and White from down under over the recent years, following in the footsteps of Sydney natives Dan Trist ’15 and Nathaniel Musters ’16. Cherry spent a prep season in the U.S. playing for Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn. under Lafayette alum and former assistant coach Drew Dawson ’03. Prior to that, he spent four years at St. Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton in Australia.
While overseas, Cherry was a Sporting Blue Letter recipient each of his four years, given to the top 10 sporting students in the state. Additionally, he was the captain of the New South Wales country team for two years and represented the Pacific at the Nike All-Asia Camp.
On the club and international circuit, he played for Australia as part of the U-17 squad and was an Australian representative at the New Zealand Easter Tournament. His New South Wales country team was also a dual gold medalist at the National Championship.
“We’re excited to have Myles on board as he’ll be a strong contributor to our team,” head coach Fran O’Hanlon said. “He’s an excellent passer and gives us a quality physical presence in the post.”
In his single year at Choate, he averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per contest on his way to First-Team All-New England accolades. Off the court, he earned distinction in the New South Wales economics competition and was the All-Rounder of The Year, an award given to his school’s top student-athlete, in 2015.
Cherry joins a trio of early-period signees in Hunter Janacek, Cal Reichwein and Kyle Stout as part of the Class of 2020. More information on his classmates can be found below.
Janacek, a 6-4, 190-pound guard from Houston, Texas will add to the Leopards' backcourt as a shooting guard who also has the ability to play the point. He averaged 19 points, six assists and six rebounds per contest during his playing career at Scarborough, finishing as the leading scorer in school history. Earning First-Team All-District honors in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, he was the district's player of the year in 2014-15 and the top three-point shooter in the state that season.
On the AAU circuit, he played for Houston Hoops, winning the Gold Elite Championship at Big Foot Hoops in Las Vegas and the Platinum Championship at the H-Town Classic. His team also took second place in the Platinum division at June Jam. Off the court, he's a member of the National Honor Society and earned the City of Houston's Certificate of Recognition for his public service to fellow neighbors, Magnum Manor and the City of Houston.
Reichwein, a 6-2, 185-pound guard comes to College Hill from Doylestown, Pa. where he was a four-year starter at Central Bucks West High School. A captain his junior and senior seasons, he averaged 13 points per game a year ago to go along with four rebounds and three assists per contest. His team has improved each of his three seasons, going 17-7 in 2014-15.
Reichwein was a First-Team All-Suburban 1 League selection during his junior season, and was also named to the All-Intelligencer First Team. In the classroom, he's earned distinguished honors each of his last two years, awarded to those students with grade-point averages exceeding 4.0.
A 6-6, 190-pound wing with the ability to shoot from all areas of the floor, Kyle Stout doesn't have to travel far to College Hill, having played for Parkland High School in Allentown, Pa. each of the last three seasons. A three-sport athlete at Parkland, he participated in football, basketball and volleyball, with the latter two being for four years on the varsity level.
On the basketball court, he was a four-time district champion and four-time league champion, while earning All-East Penn Conference First-Team honors his junior season and the East Penn Conference MVP his senior year. During his senior year, he averaged 17.7 points per game in his second season as a starter, leading his team to a 29-4 record and shooting 51 percent from three-point range.