Bucknell's Early Signings

November 17th, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The 2006-07 men’s basketball season is only two games old, but already head coach Pat Flannery and his staff are looking ahead to next season with the announcement that three student-athletes have taken advantage of the NCAA’s early signing period and signed national letters of intent to enroll at Bucknell for the 2007-08 academic year.

G.W. Boon, a 6’4” wing player from Harvest, Ala. (Sparkman High School), Todd O’Brien, a 6’11” center from New Holland, Pa. (Garden Spot High School), and Darryl Shazier, a 6’0” point guard from Newport News, Va. (Menchville High School) give the Bison a wide variety of basketball talent at three different positions.

“All three student-athletes are outstanding in the classroom and will be major contributors to the campus environment,” said Flannery. “They all have a wide range of interests outside of basketball.”

Boon averaged 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks per game as a junior for a Sparkman High squad that saw all five of its starters receive college scholarships. A terrific student with a 4.2 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, Boon received the Wendy’s High School Heisman for his school. He played AAU basketball for the Nashville Celtics and was named to the North team at the Alabama High School Athletic Association All Star Game. Boon, who will captain the team as a senior, is a two-time honorable mention Super All-Metro Team selection. He has served as class Vice President for the last three years, has been a four-year recipient of the Presidential Award for Scholastic Achievement and was voted “Most Commendable Senior.”

“G.W. Boon has great toughness and athleticism,” Flannery said. “He is a player that we just loved when we saw him compete over the summer. He is a very good shooter and rebounder, and we think he can play either wing spot. He is very strong and mature physically.”

With one 6’11” center in Chris McNaughton graduating at the end of this year, the Bison will welcome another near-seven-footer in O’Brien, who was ranked as high as No. 154 in the nation by one scouting service. O’Brien averaged 15.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game at Garden Spot High, and he was a Top-20 All-Star at the Eastern Invitational Camp. He was selected to play in the Philadelphia vs. Maryland Challenge as well as the Jameer Nelson Classic, and he was named to the all-star squad at the University of Virginia Premier Camp.

“It was great for us to attract another Pennsylvania player in Todd O’Brien,” Flannery said. “Todd has tremendous skills for a player his size. That athletic ability will allow us to do all the things in the program that make us successful.”

Shazier comes to Bucknell from the basketball-rich Newport News area. He was a First Team All-Peninsula District selection, and he led the district in scoring at 22 points per game along with over six assists per game while leading his team to the Eastern Region tournament. He has already scored over 1,000 points in his career with his senior season still to come. Shazier played AAU ball in the prestigious Boo Williams Summer League.

“Darryl is the point guard we wanted all summer,” commented Flannery. “He comes from a great area of Virginia that has produced talent like Allen Iverson. He has proven to be a good scorer, he sees the floor very well, he plays defense with a passion, and he has done it all against very good competition.”

- From www.BucknellBison.com -