Five ready to join the Lions in 2021-2022


NEW YORK – Columbia Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Engles added five newcomers to the roster for the 2021-22 campaign. The Lions class of 2025 is made up of guards jaden cooper and Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa as well as before Noah Robledo, Robbie stankard and Jake tavroff.

“These five young men are going to be solid additions to our squad on and off the pitch,” said Engles. “I’m really proud of the work we’ve done on the recruiting front during this unique time during COVID and I think with these additions, mixed with our core of returning players, our program is moving in the right direction. delighted to officially welcome them to Columbia and look forward to working with them in the fall. “

jaden cooper
G • 6-3 • 185
Goldsboro, North Carolina • Wayne Country Day School

HIGH SCHOOL: Wayne Country Day School graduate in 2021… Independent Coastal Plains Conference Player of the Year in 2021… Selected from all Independent Coastal Plains Conference tournaments three times… Named three times by Independent Coastal Plains Conference All Coastal Plains… NCISAA 2A in All States 2019, 2020 and 2021… Recorded over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.

STAFF: Born August 30, 2002… Son of Trammonnieo and Jimmy Cooper… Has three siblings, Jordan, Jackson and Jayla… Enrolled in Columbia College.

Noah Robledo
F • 6-5 • 195
Leander, Texas • Leander

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Leander High School in 2021… Selected four times in all districts… Average double-double in senior year… Posted 19.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in junior.

STAFF: Born October 16, 2002… Son of Velma Hernandez and Rudy Robledo… Has two siblings, Emily Loza and Jonah Robledo… Enrolled in Columbia College.

Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa
G • 6-2 • 170
Santiago, Dominican Republic • Spring Creek Academy (Texas)

HIGH SCHOOL: 2021 graduate of Spring Creek Academy in Texas… Moved from California to Texas prior to junior season… Played first three seasons at Brookside Christian in Stockton, Calif., Where he won a state championship in his sophomore year and a state runner-up in his junior year… Scored over 2,000 points during his high school career.

STAFF: Born August 26, 2001… Son of Aracelis Margarita and Geronimo Rubio… Has two siblings, Ramon De La Rosa and Helen Rubio… Enrolled in Columbia College.

Robbie stankard
F • 6-9 • 225
Westwood, Massachusetts • Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2021 from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire… Senior season canceled due to COVID-19… Honorable mention All-NEPSAC Class A in 2020… First All-ISL team in second year at Groton School… On average 17, 4 points and 8.9 rebounds in 2018-19 at Groton School.

STAFF: Born May 16, 2002… Son of Marcia and John Stankard… Has two siblings, John and Lexi… Brother, John, is on the heavyweight rowing team at Columbia… Sister, Lexi, is on the Dartmouth rowing team… Attended same high school as Cameron Shockley Okeke, Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg… Enrolled in Columbia College.

Jake tavroff
F • 6-9 • 230
Oceanside, NY • Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.)

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2021 from Northfield Mount Hermon, MA… The team was a finalist in the National Preparation Championship in 2020 and won the NEPSAC AA Championship in 2019.

STAFF: Born October 8, 2002… Son of Shari and Russ Tavroff… Has a brother, Sydney… Both parents played college basketball, father in Western Connecticut State and mother in UAlbany… Enrolled in Columbia College.
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