MBB Signs Five to National Letters of Intent
BOULDER - Five standout prep basketball student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play college basketball and continue their education at the University of Colorado in 2006-07, CU head coach Ricardo Patton announced Tuesday.
Sean Kowal, Xavier Silas, Dwight Thorne, Dale Vanwright, and Jeremy Williams will all be in CU uniforms a year from now and will help replace the 10 seniors on this year's 2005-06 team, including the eight that are on scholarship. The following are Coach Patton's quotes from today and a brief review of the player's accolades.
Dale Vanwright, 6-6, 200 pound, small forward
(Houston, Texas/Bellaire HS)
- One of the best 150 players (Rivals.com, August 2005) 
- Nation's 28th best small forward in 2005-06 (Rivals.com, August 2005)
- Rated 14th best player in Texas according to Texashoops.com (Sept. 2005)
- Rated one of the best players in 2006 (Hoop Scoop)
- Rated 92 out of possible 100 points according to Bob Gibbons, All-Star Scouting Service
- Averaged 15 points, nine rebounds as a junior
"I'll start out by talking about the guy that committed to us first, Dale Vanwright. He's 6-6, 200 pounds, a small forward out of Houston Bellaire High School. They're currently ranked No. 21 in the country. Just a tremendous basketball team. When you recruit, you like to recruit guys from winning programs, guys that know how to win. We often say the thing you learn from winning is how to win. Unfortunately the thing you learn from losing is how to lose sometimes. But Dale Vanwright is a great addition. He's a very strongly built young man. He's a young man that, like all the guys, saw an opportunity to come in and play right away in arguably one of the best conferences in the country."
Dwight Thorne, 6-3, 185-pound, point guard
(Arlington, Texas/Martin HS)
- Rated 20th best player in Texas according to Texashoops.com (Sept. 2005)
- One of nation's top guards (Rivals.com)
- Rated 91 out of possible 100 points according to Bob Gibbons, All-Star Scouting Service
"The next young man is Dwight Thorne, a 6-3 point guard. He can also swing and play some combo guard, but we primarily recruited him to play the point. Of course, we'll have Dominique Coleman as a senior next year, and he'll be the only point guard in the program other than Chase Perkowski, a non-scholarship guy. Dwight Thorne is a very good basketball player. Most of the guys that we signed all have the right body type coming in to play in a very physical conference."
Xavier Silas, 6-5, 205-pound, guard
(Wolfeboro, NH/Brewster Academy [Wolfeboro, N.H.]
Austin, Texas, (Stephen F. Austin HS)
- Averaged 23 points, eight rebounds per game as a senior
- Austin HS Team MVP
- All-District first-team (Austin American-Statesman)
- All-Central Texas first-team (Austin American-Statesman)
- Honorable Mention All Centex
- All-District second team
- As a senior lead Austin HS to a 27-6 record; also led Austin HS to a 14-0 district record
- Is enrolled at Brewster Academy in 2005-06, a prep school in Wolfeboro, N.H.
- Father, James played 10 years professionally (four years in ABA, six in the NBA; nine years with the San Antonio Spurs)
- Averaged 24.8 ppg. this past summer for his AAU club team, the San Antonio Celtics
"The next guy that committed to us was Xavier Silas. His father James Silas played in the NBA for many years with the Spurs. The Spurs recently retired his jersey. Xavier at 6-5, 205 was probably the best 2-guard we saw all summer long. He really understands the game. After watching him play this summer, it was apparent that his dad had taught him a lot about the game. He really has a great basketball IQ. He's a young man that I think at some point will have a chance to play at the next level. He will be on NBA team's radar very early in his career."
Sean Kowal, 6-10, 240-pound, center
(St. Louis, Mo./De Smet Jesuit HS)
- First post-player of the Colorado class
- Averaged 7.6 points, 5.6 rebounds per game last season
- Metro Catholic Conference honorable mention selection
"I think the next young man that committed was Sean Kowal. He's 6-10, 240 pounds out of De Smet High School in St. Louis. He has nice size for a high school senior. He's a guy who we think can come in and contribute right away, as well as the rest of the guys that signed early with us. He did not play most of his junior year because of an injury, and was doing some rehab this summer. So he wasn't really on a lot of school's radar this summer because of some stress fractures. But he's a very good basketball player."
Jeremy Williams, 6-8, 210, small forward
(Memphis, Tenn./Hamilton HS)
- Rated the ninth best player in Tennessee
- Rated the 32nd best forward in the nation (Rivals.com, August 2005)
- One of the top 150 players (Rivals.com, August 2005) 
- Averaged 20 ppg., 10 rpg., four blocks as a junior
"Jeremy Williams, out of Memphis, Tenn., is 6-8, 210 pounds. Again, just a very strongly built young man. It came down between us, Tennessee and UAB. At the end it looked like he was going to choose Tennessee, but Coach (John) Anderson did a terrific job. He's known him for a while, so that relationship really helped us secure his commitment. I think he also is a young man that has a chance to play at the next level. I think all the guys that we've signed will make money playing basketball after college."
Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, 6-5, 210-pound forward
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin/Fork Union Military Academy/Rufus King HS)
- Currently sitting out 2005-06 season with CU after transferring from Ohio State
- Rated No. 46 prep player nationally by Hoop Scoop in 2003
- Averaged 12 rebounds, 10 points as a senior leading Rufus King HS to the Wisconsin state championship with a 26-0 record
- Helped high school to No. 1 state ranking, No. 17 in USA Today Poll in 2003
- All-City, All-Area selection
"We also have a young man, Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, that transferred from Ohio State that will be a part of that eight scholarship allotment that we have. He would start for us today if he were eligible. Even though he's an undersized post-player, he plays a lot bigger than his walking-around size."