Cai, Hubbard, Williams Sign NLIs With Men's Basketball

April 19, 2011

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Patsos announced today that Chen "David" Cai, Tyler Hubbard and R.J. Williams have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Greyhounds on the court for the 2011-2012 season.

Williams is a local product from St. Frances Academy, and Hubbard hails from suburban Washington D.C. where he played at Montrose Christian School. The duo will give the Greyhounds eight players from the fertile recruiting grounds of Maryland and Northern Virginia on next year's roster.

Cai, a native of China, prepped at Lee Academy in Maine after playing at Maranatha Christian High School in San Diego.

Williams helped lead St. Frances to the Championship Games of the MIAA and Baltimore Catholic League. A four-year starter for the Panthers, Williams was the Baltimore Catholic League co-Player of the Year and a Baltimore Sun All-Metro First Team pick as a senior. He closed his career with 1,021 points and 814 assists.

"It is great to get a point guard who had a great senior year in the prestigious Baltimore Catholic League," Patsos said of Williams. "We believe that R.J. will be able to contribute for us right away. He was the (Catholic League) co-Player of the Year for a reason, and it's great that he is following in (current Loyola guard) Dylon Cormier's footsteps in going from the Catholic League to Loyola."

Hubbard served as captain of the Montrose Christian squad that finished No. 2 in the Powerade Fab 50 National Basketball Rankings after the Mustangs won the ESPNRise National High School Invitational. Hubbard led all players in the D.C. Metro area in 3-pointers made with 80 during his senior season. He averaged 12.7 points for the Montrose Christian, also the alma mater of Loyola All-MAAC forward Shane Walker, and hit five 3-pointers in six games.Hubbard recently started for the District All-Star team at the Capital Classic, scoring 11 points in just 17 minutes.

"We are very pleased to get a player from Stu Vetter's tremendous program at Montrose Christian," Patsos said. "Tyler is a very good shooter who will compete for time here. He hit a big 3-pointer against Oak Hill (Academy) to win the ESPNRise National Championship game. He also played for a Loyola alum, Damien Jenifer, an assist at Montrose Christian."

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Cai averaged 12.5 points and more than seven rebounds per game at Lee where he shot better than 40-percent from the field and 75-percent from the free-throw line.

"Chen is another great get for us. He is a player who has a very bright future if he puts in time and works hard," Patsos added. "We are proud that we have added players from the local area, and that Chen brings more international experience to our program, joining other players we have from Europe."