NEW YORK - The Columbia men's basketball will have six incoming first-years on its roster for the upcoming 2011-12 season, head coach Kyle Smith announced recently. Cory Osetkowski, Samer Ozeir, Alex Rosenberg, Skylar Scrivano, Noah Springwater and Darius Stevens will join a Columbia team that will look to build upon its 15-13 record last season.
"We purposefully tried to increase the skill and size of our team after
the graduation of four frontcourt players," Smith explained. "We
believe that we've done that based on the length, skills and size of
Osetkowski is a 6-10 center who was named the San Diego Union-Tribune
Player of the Year in the Valley League. Playing for Canyon Crest High
School, Osetkowski averaged 19.5 points, 15.6 rebounds and 6.4 blocks
per a game for a team that posted a 19-9 record. Osetkowski is also a
two-sport athlete as he will pitch for Columbia's baseball team next
season. "Cory is a skilled center who has a big and wide body," Smith
said. "He will help offset the loss of Max Craig and Zack Crimmins
inside and should compete for time off the bench."
A 6-8 forward, Ozeir comes to Morningside Heights after playing his high
school ball in Novi, Mich. Ozeir led his Novi team to an 18-4 record
last season and averaged 19 points and 12.6 rebounds per game after
averaging 15.5 points and nine rebounds per game during his junior
season. Ozeir was named to the Class A all-state team after his senior
year. "Samer is an effective scorer and rebounder," Smith stated. "He
also brings international experience as he played on the Lebanese
Rosenberg, who teamed with Scrivano at the Peddie School in New Jersey
for a postgraduate year, averaged 19.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game
as a senior at Millburn (N.J.) High School. At Peddie, where current
Lions Noruwa Agho and Steve Frankoski spent a postgrad year, Rosenberg
was a first-team All-Prep League honoree. "Alex is a hybrid point
forward who can play multiple positions," Smith said. "He has the
ability to handle the ball and score."
Scrivano also prepped at Peddie after his high school career at Central
Bucks East in Pennsylvania. Standing 6-9, Scrivano was a McDonald's
All-American nominee at Bucks East who was a first team all-area
selection during his high school career. "Skylar is another big body
who can play power forward or center," Smith explained. "He is an
excellent rebounder and shot blocker."
A 6-3 guard, Springwater comes to Columbia following a decorated career
at University High School in San Francisco. Springwater was named first
team all-city twice and averaged 18 points, eight assists, five rebounds
and five steals per game. Springwater was named his league's Player of
the Year after leading his squad to a 28-7 record last season. "Noah is a
combo guard who has an excellent feel for the game on both ends of the
floor," Smith said. "He is an excellent decision maker and passer."
Stevens is a 6-6 forward from La Lumiere High School in La Porte, Ind.
who averaged 15.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game during his senior
season. His father, the late Barry Stevens, played college basketball at
Iowa State and is the second-leading scorer in Cyclones' history.
"Darius comes from excellent bloodlines," Smith stated. "He is a lanky,
perimeter athlete who can defend multiple positions."
Returning four starters and 12 letterwinners from last season's team, Columbia will begin the 2011-12 campaign in November.