NEW YORK - Six newcomers will join the Columbia men's basketball team for the 2012-13 season, including four guards and two forwards.
Isaac Cohen, a 6-4 guard from Florida, Zach En'Wezoh, a 6-8 forward from the state of Washington, Brad Gilson, a 6-6 forward from Virginia, Maodo Lo, a 6-3 guard from Germany via Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts, Grant Mullins, a 6-3 guard from Ontario, Canada and Paddy Quinn, a 6-1 guard from nearby Bergen County make up the incoming class.
"I'm really excited about our incoming freshmen. They value the things we value - a great team attitude, great work ethic and most importantly, they really want to be at Columbia," head coach Kyle Smith said.
"We have some perimeter players that do the things that we value - they're able to dribble, pass, shoot, drive and defend. We're excited about these guys and excited about the season ahead."
Isaac Cohen - G - 6-4 - 210 - Orlando, Fla. - Orlando Christian Prep
At Orlando Christian Prep: Two-time team captain ... earned AA Player of the Year honors as a senior ... named first team all-district three times ... team was four-time AA state champions ... averaged 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a senior ... played for Nike Team Florida during the summer ... intends to pursue a career in business ... National Honor Society member ... enjoys reading, volleyball and swimming.
Zach En'Wezoh - F - 6-8 - 220 - Kennewick, Wash. - Kamiakin
At Kamiakin: Three-year letterwinner ... captain as a senior ... named Big 9 Offense first team and Big 9 Defense first team as a senior ... also selected as the Big 9 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... team was district champions and finished fifth in the state in the 3A WIAA division ... team finished third in the state his junior year ... played AAU ball with the Northwest Panthers ... eyeing a major in economics ... has three older brothers ... National Honor Society member ... student body president as a senior.
Brad Gilson - F - 6-6 - 195 - Round Hill, Va. - Woodgrove
At Woodgrove: Team captain in junior and senior seasons ... earned district player of the year honors as a junior and as a senior ... all-region team as a junior and a senior ... Washington Post All-Met team honorable mention in junior and senior seasons ... Woodgrove High School Athlete of the Year as a junior and as a senior ... averaged 26 points per game as a senior and 25 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior ... played for Basics First during the summers ... liberal arts student ... coaches at basketball camps during the summer ... National Honor Society member.
Maodo Lo - G - 6-3 - 180 - Berlin, Germany - Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.)
At Wilbraham & Monson: Team captain as a senior ... averaged 19.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game as a senior ... named to the all-tournament team at the Peddie School Tournament his senior year ... liberal arts student ... enjoys music ... earned high honors throughout high school.
Grant Mullins - G - 6-3 - 175 - Burlington, Ontario, Canada - Notre Dame
At Notre Dame: Averaged 32.5 points, 8.0 assists and 8.5 rebounds per game as a senior ... earned MVP honors at the 2012 Rumble All-Canada Classic ... high school team made it to the provincial finals in his senior year ... paced Team Ontario to national finals ... played for the Burlington Skyhawks and Grassroots Canada during the summer ... liberal arts student ... sister, Missy, plays basketball at Harvard ... mother, Theresa, played on the Canadian women's national team and played professionally in Holland ... four-year honor roll student.
Paddy Quinn - G - 6-1 - 175 - Ramsey, N.J. - Don Bosco Prep
At Don Bosco Prep: Four-year letterwinner ... team captain as a senior ... Bergen County Jamboree all-tournament team member ... earned The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children Scholar-Athlete award ... plays for the Wayne PAL Wolfpack during the summer ... liberal arts student ... National Honor Society member ... enjoys soccer.