LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant men's basketball program has added five more players to the 2016 recruiting class, announced head coach Kyle Taylor recently. Jordan Walker, Hunter Erickson, Jared Jauch, Stefon Bright and William Bryan are set to attend Covenant and begin their collegiate careers in the 2016-17 season.
Jordan Walker - Birmingham, Ala. - McAdory High School
Walker, a 6-foot-5 forward from McAdory High School in Alabama, adds much needed depth to the forward position for the Scots. Walker was a phenomenal rebounder in high school where he amassed over 500 rebounds in three years. He was also a leader on his team serving as team captain his junior and senior seasons.
"Jordan Walker is an excellent rebounder and defender, and adds size and depth to our forward and post positions," Taylor said. "His ability to clean the glass and defend the post are going to be crucial to our improvement as a team."
"I chose Covenant because of its great program, and going to a Christian school will help me in my personal walk with God," noted Walker on his decision to attend Covenant. "I am excited to see how the coaching staff will better me as a basketball player and as a person."
Walker, the son of Vylse Davis, graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Distinction.
Hunter Erickson - Ringgold, Ga. - Heritage High School
Erickson, a 5-foot-11 guard, brings skill and scoring to the Scots. Erickson led Heritage to a 44-14 record the past two seasons. He also helped lead the school to the state tournament twice, a feat which the school has only accomplished one other time. Erickson brings shooting to the Scots as he totaled 859 points and 186 3-pointers during his career at Heritage.
"Hunter is a prolific 3-point shooter who gets his shot off quick and needs very little space," said Taylor. "He handles the ball well, can get to the rim, and will make a wonderful addition to our backcourt. He is a guard that fits well into our offensive philosophy and continues to upgrade our ability to score."
"I chose Covenant because of proximity to home and my relationship with the players and the coaching staff," Erickson said.
In the classroom, Erickson graduated with honors and was a member of the Beta Club. He is the son of Larry and Tabitha Erickson.
Jared Jauch - Lynchburg, Va. - Liberty Christian Academy
Jauch, a 6-foot-1 guard from Liberty Christian Academy, brings size to the guard spot. Jauch, a three-year captain for the Bulldogs, is the all-time assist leader at Liberty Christian with 440 career assists. In his senior year, he led the Bulldogs to the state's Final Four. Jauch was also an outstanding football player as he helped his team win three state titles playing as a wide receiver and free safety.
"Jared is a competitor, a superb on ball defender, and a heady point guard," Taylor commented. "His basketball IQ, skill set, toughness, and size will be a great addition at the guard position. We are thrilled that he is coming to Covenant."
"I am excited about coming to Covenant," said Jauch. "Not only to be able play basketball but also for the opportunity to further my education and my faith. It was the perfect fit for me right away."
Jauch is the son of Joseph and Dena Jauch. He plans on majoring in Sport Administration while at Covenant.
Stefon Bright - Woodstock, Ga. - River Ridge High School
Bright, a 6-foot guard from River Ridge High School, brings length and athleticism to the guard spot. Bright had an excellent senior year in which he averaged 13.3 points per game to go along with four rebounds per contest. At River Ridge, Bright was known for his even keeled approach and his take care of business mentality. "Stefon is a quiet kid, but he leads by example. I always trusted him with the ball late in games," said his high school coach Ben Farist.
"Stefon can score the basketball in a variety of ways. He has a knack for putting the ball in the basket, and that's a skill that's difficult to teach," Taylor said. "He has great work ethic and strong character. I've seen Stefon through the toughest season of his life with his mother's passing, and he's showed remarkable courage. I'm very impressed with Stefon, and excited to see his growth over the next four years at Covenant."
"I chose Covenant because of the small school atmosphere and how welcome I was made to feel on my visit," Bright added. "I'm looking forward to coming because I'm eager to start the next chapter of my life."
Bright graduated with honors. He is the son of the late Rochell Bright, who passed away just recently.
William Bryan - Lithonia, Ga. - Covenant Christian Academy
Bryan, a 6'5" forward from Covenant Christian Academy, will bring needed size and athleticism to the Scots' frontcourt. Bryan was a two-sport athlete for Covenant Christian garnering All-State, Region and Conference in both basketball and soccer. He was also named the MVP of his basketball team.
"From the first time I watched William Bryan, I knew that we both wanted him and needed him at Covenant College," Taylor remarked. "He fits so well into our team culture and also addresses some of our greatest deficiencies as a team. He is a phenomenal athlete, strong, has good length, and has the skill set to play inside and outside. He can shoot the 3, and drive to the basket and dunk on you with authority."
"I am excited and blessed to be able to attend Covenant College," Bryan said. "God has opened up the door for me to have a great education, as well as compete at the next level of basketball following my high school career. I chose to commit to Covenant as the best fit for me, knowing I will be challenged academically and physically, but encouraged and also motivated by having good influences to help me along the journey."
Bryan received many academic and leadership awards during his time at Covenant Christian including the Levitical Service award, Christian Character award, and Excellence in the Visual Arts. He graduated with honors and is a Beta Club member. Bryan is the son of Dennis and Ordenna Bryan.
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