O'Hanlon Signs Three to National Letters of Intent
May 6, 2013
EASTON, Pa. – Head Men’s Basketball Coach Fran O’Hanlon has announced the addition of three student-athletes as part of the Class of 2017. Nick Lindner, Michael Hoffman and Monty Boykins will each join the Leopards out of high school and be eligible to compete in the fall 2013 semester.
“I’m extremely excited about our recruiting class,” O’Hanlon said. “Each player has a lot of potential going forward. With the loss of our two seniors, they fill specific needs that we have, with perimeter playmakers (Lindner and Boykins) and a forward (Hoffman) who will stretch the defense. They also fit very well into our style of play.”
Lindner, a 5-foot-11, 165 pound guard, makes the short trip to Easton from Doylestown, Pa. by way of Germantown Academy and is a true point guard who played four seasons for head coach Jim Fenerty. He served as team captain each of his final two seasons and led the Patriots to the Inter-AC Championship in his senior year, while achieving a 23-5 overall record and a 10-0 conference mark. Germantown Academy also captured the PAISAA Independent State Championship in 2013 with a 53-47 win over The Kiski School when Lindner scored 11 points.
Individually, Lindner was named to the All-Inter-Ac First Team as a junior (18 ppg, 6 apg) and a senior (12 ppg, 8 apg) after garnering Second-Team laurels as a sophomore when he averaged 13 points and five assists per game. He also was the Philadelphia Markward Club Basketball honoree, which recognizes the outstanding senior high school basketball player in Philadelphia. Lindner was a high school teammate and classmate of Julian Moore, who signed to play at Penn State, and finished his career with 1,234 points and 492 assists.
The son of Peter and Peggy Lindner and younger brother of Megan and Peter, Lindner joins a list of players from Germantown Academy to come to Lafayette that includes second all-time leading scorer Otis Ellis ’89 and Brian Burke ’02, who holds Lafayette’s Kirby Sports Center record with 43 points in a 98-93 win over Lehigh on Feb. 20, 2002.
Entering Lafayette’s frontcourt is a 6-foot-8, 195 forward out of Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth,
Texas is Hoffman, who hails from nearby Burleson, Texas. A four year forward and member of the track and field team, Hoffman filled up the stat sheet in his senior season at Nolan Catholic under the direction of head coach Steve Prud’homme and helped the Vikings to a 32-5 overall record. Hoffman scored 17 points, secured nine rebounds, blocked three shots, handed out two assists and averaged more than one steal per game.
Playing in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS 5A), Hoffman was named Defensive Player of the Year, was First Team All-State and First Team All-District in his junior and senior seasons. In 2013, he was named to the TAPPS 5A All-Tournament Team and played in the Basketball Coaches All-Star Game, finishing his career as Nolan Catholic’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 214 for his career.
Hoffman competed in the high jump and was a three-year state qualifier in addition to being a TAPPS 5A Academic All-State choice each of his final two seasons. A four-year member of the Honor Roll, Hoffman will graduate Magna Cum Laude from Nolan Catholic. He is the son of John and Sharon Hoffman and is the oldest of five children, Katie, Gregory, Emily and Patrick.
Completing Lafayette’s recruiting class is Boykins, a 6-foot-4, 195 pound guard from Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio who played four seasons of varsity basketball at Lakota West under head coach Sean Van Winkle. Primarily a shooting guard, Boykins also saw time at the point guard position and led the Firebirds in scoring with 17.2 points, while pulling down 9.3 rebounds and dishing out 3.5 assists per game before an ACL injury prematurely ended his senior season after six games.
As a junior, Boykins scored better than 16 points, averaged six rebounds and two assists en route to Associated Press Division I All-Ohio Honorable Mention recognition, Cincinnati Enquirer First Team All-City honors and a spot on the AP Division I Southwest District Second Team. He was a two-time First Team All-Greater Miami Conference, twice selected First Team All-Butler County and claimed a pair of First Team District 15 Underclassman Awards. Boykins was also named MVP of the Bluegrass Buckeye Classic in his junior season.
Boykins also picked up several accolades as a sophomore, when he netted 12.5 points and four boards per contest. He was an AP Division I Southwest District Honorable Mention choice, a Cincinnati Enquirer Honorable Mention All-City pick and was selected to the Hughes Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team. In addition to basketball, Boykins played two seasons of football as a quarterback and wide receiver, was a three-time All-Greater Miami Conference Academic Team member and was a member of Lakota West’s Student Government. A local youth basketball coach and mentor, Boykins is the son of LaMont and Lyneeta Boykins and has two younger brothers, Julian and Chandler.