By: Lucas Packer
IU South Bend men's basketball coach Chad Tapp is proud to announce the addition of three new players set to join his program for the 2013-14 season. The signees include two big men and one point guard and each helps address major needs for the Titans, who lose three starters to graduation off this year's team. IU South Bend finished the 2012-13 campaign at 20-12 and 3rd place in the thirteen-team CCAC. The 20 wins marked the first twenty-win season in program history and was the first time the Titans have ever put together back-to-back winning seasons. With these new arrivals, they hope to continue that streak next year. The three new additions are:
Jake Frazier, a 6-6 center from Niles, Michigan: "Jake is surprisingly athletic for a guy 6-6 and 270 pounds," said Tapp. "He has very good skills and understanding of how to play the post. I believe with Jake and Joe (Godfread) improving like he has, we will finally have that post presence we've not had over the last three years." Jake joins the Titans after spending a year at Ancilla Community College. In that year Frazier averaged 15.7 points per game while connecting on 53.6 percent from the field, 71.6 from the free throw line, and hauling in 6.5 rebounds per game. As a senior at Brandywine High School, Jake poured in 16.6 points, grabbed 15.4 rebounds and blocked 3.4 shots per game. His efforts earned him a spot on the All-Lakeland Conference team. A two-sport athlete, Jake was originally committed to Wayne State for football after a standout career on the gridiron as a tight end and defensive end. In the end Jake's love for basketball won out.
Jayden Lilly, a 6-7 center from Butler, Indiana: "I think Jayden is someone who is probably under the radar since he didn't play AAU," Tapp explained. "He has very good hands and touch for a guy his size and as he gets stronger and continues to improve his conditioning we expect Jayden to have a very good career." Jayden joins the Titans after a senior year at Eastside High School that saw him help improve his teams win total dramatically under first year head coach Ryan Abbott. It was Jayden's work ethic that lead to him being named team captain for the year, as he dropped over 50 pounds in between his junior and senior seasons. Then, Lilly went out and dominated, averaging 17.1 points per game to go along with 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks and was named to the All-Conference squad in the NECC. He was also selected to the Indiana vs. Ohio All-Star game. "After visiting IU South Bend I felt like this would be the best situation for me both on and off the floor," said Lilly. "I just felt comfortable with everything."
Adison Daub, a 6-0 guard from DeKalb, Indiana: "We are very excited Adsion has chosen to come to IU South Bend," says Tapp. "Adison has a very good feel for the game and was very well coached in high school. He shoots the ball extremely well from the three point line and should be able to help us at both guard spots next year." Daub joins the Titans after a stellar prep career as a four year starter for the DeKalb Barons. During his time at DeKalb, Adison was named the Star Prep player of the week five times, named first team all-conference three times, and All-Area three times as well. As a freshman Daub ranked in the top 25 in the state for three point shooting percentage and was named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Top 100 after his sophomore and junior seasons. As a senior Adison led DeKalb to a 17-8 record while scoring 15.3 points, good enough to finish second to Luke Recker on the all-time DeKalb scoring list with 1,316 points. "Our team went to their shootout over the summer and was impressed by the campus and felt really comfortable with the coaching staff," said Daub. "I knew pretty early that this is where I wanted to be."
The entire Titans athletic department would like to welcome these young men to our team and we look forward to much success in the future!