Navy head coach Billy Lange continues to work towards righting the ship in Annapolis, and on Monday evening he received, perhaps, the best news of his tenure when a 6-foot-9 Texan pledged to the Midshipmen. Rivals.com has the scoop on the newest Navy recruit.
It was no secret in recruiting circles that Navy's number one target this summer was 6-foot-9 205 lbs. senior forward Trey Stanton from Friendswood HS in Texas. The coaching staff followed Stanton closely during the month of July and they were a visible presence at all of his games with the Houston Swoosh.
On Monday evening the hard work paid off when Stanton called coach Lange and told him he was coming to Annapolis.
"I was there on an official visit the weekend before Labor Day weekend," Stanton explained. "I just knew that's where I wanted to go to college, but I wanted to go home first and think about it, the whole military thing. But I was sure, so I called coach Lange Monday night and told him I was coming."
Stanton chose Navy over offers from Colgate, Western Illinois, Sacramento State, Air Force, and Centenary. Rice, San Diego, Gonzaga, and Stephen F. Austin had also shown serious interest, as did several Ivy League programs.
"Coach Lange's energy is what sold me," Stanton said. "I was immediately impressed by his energy and his belief in the program. He said I was their top guy and that I could come in and play right away, and that really got me excited as well."
Lange and the coaching staff are sure to be excited about landing a player who has the chance to step in and become an immediate impact player in the Patriot League.
"It's a great opportunity for me," Stanton said. "Navy is a program on the rise in a conference that's on the rise as well. I mean, look at what Bucknell did last year."
Stanton is a versatile inside/outside threat, capable of posting up or drifting to the perimeter to knock down threes. He'll give Navy an added dimension to their up and down attack, and help them defensively with his length. He averaged 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks per game last season at Friendswood.
"I can play anywhere," Stanton said. "I can post up smaller players, or take big guys outside where I can shoot the three. I'll play anywhere the coach asks me to."
Stanton is an excellent student with a 3.6 GPA and a 1620 on the new SAT.