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. âI’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. “
G â¢ 6-3 â¢ 185
Goldsboro, North Carolina â¢ Wayne Country Day School
HIGH SCHOOL: Wayne Country Day School graduate in 2021â¦ Independent Coastal Plains Conference Player of the Year in 2021â¦ Selected from all Independent Coastal Plains Conference tournaments three timesâ¦ Named three times by Independent Coastal Plains Conference All Coastal Plainsâ¦ NCISAA 2A in All States 2019, 2020 and 2021â¦ Recorded over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
STAFF: Born August 30, 2002â¦ Son of Trammonnieo and Jimmy Cooperâ¦ Has three siblings, Jordan, Jackson and Jaylaâ¦ Enrolled in Columbia College.
F â¢ 6-5 â¢ 195
Leander, Texas â¢ Leander
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Leander High School in 2021â¦ Selected four times in all districtsâ¦ Average double-double in senior yearâ¦ Posted 19.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in junior.
STAFF: Born October 16, 2002â¦ Son of Velma Hernandez and Rudy Robledoâ¦ Has two siblings, Emily Loza and Jonah Robledoâ¦ Enrolled in Columbia College.
Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa
G â¢ 6-2 â¢ 170
Santiago, Dominican Republic â¢ Spring Creek Academy (Texas)
HIGH SCHOOL: 2021 graduate of Spring Creek Academy in Texasâ¦ Moved from California to Texas prior to junior seasonâ¦ 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 yearâ¦ Scored over 2,000 points during his high school career.
STAFF: Born August 26, 2001â¦ Son of Aracelis Margarita and Geronimo Rubioâ¦ Has two siblings, Ramon De La Rosa and Helen Rubioâ¦ Enrolled in Columbia College.
F â¢ 6-9 â¢ 225
Westwood, Massachusetts â¢ Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2021 from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshireâ¦ Senior season canceled due to COVID-19â¦ Honorable mention All-NEPSAC Class A in 2020â¦ First All-ISL team in second year at Groton Schoolâ¦ On average 17, 4 points and 8.9 rebounds in 2018-19 at Groton School.
STAFF: Born May 16, 2002â¦ Son of Marcia and John Stankardâ¦ Has two siblings, John and Lexiâ¦ Brother, John, is on the heavyweight rowing team at Columbiaâ¦ Sister, Lexi, is on the Dartmouth rowing teamâ¦ Attended same high school as Cameron Shockley Okeke, Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbergâ¦ Enrolled in Columbia College.
F â¢ 6-9 â¢ 230
Oceanside, NY â¢ Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2021 from Northfield Mount Hermon, MAâ¦ The team was a finalist in the National Preparation Championship in 2020 and won the NEPSAC AA Championship in 2019.
STAFF: Born October 8, 2002â¦ Son of Shari and Russ Tavroffâ¦ Has a brother, Sydneyâ¦ Both parents played college basketball, father in Western Connecticut State and mother in UAlbanyâ¦ Enrolled in Columbia College.
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