June 11, 2013
BALTIMORE - Nick Gorski (Richmond, Va./Benedictine College Prep) and Jevon Patton (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic High School) have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Loyola University Maryland men's basketball program in the fall, Head Coach G.G. Smith announced.
"We are excited to have Nick and Jevon join our team this year," said Smith. Nick is an inside-out threat who will be a great addition for us in the Patriot League, and Jevon gives us more depth in the backcourt where he will help with his ball-handling ability and toughness."
Gorski helped Benedictine College Prep win the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division I state title as a senior when he averaged 6.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game for the Cadets who went 32-5 in 2012-2013.
The 6-foot-8 forward played his final two years at Benedictine after spending his freshman and sophomore seasons, 2009-2011, at Cosby High School.
As a senior, Gorski posted season-highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds in a December game against Middleburg Academy, and he blocked a high of five shots in February versus Pope John Paul The Great.
Patton spent his senior year at Olympic High School where he led the Trojans to a 30-0 and the school's first-ever North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 4A title. The 5-foot-10 point guard averaged 10.5 points, 8.3 assists and 3.0 steals per game in his senior campaign while earning all-conference, all-district and all-state tournament honors.
Patton played as a sophomore and junior at Highland Tech High School in Gastonia, N.C., where he led his team to a 21-7 record and the semifinals of the state playoffs in 2011-2012. That season, he helped the Rams win their first regular-season conference title and make the deepest playoff runi n school history, averaging 22.0 points, 8.1 assists and 6.0 steals per game, earning Gaston County and Conference player of the Year honors in addition to all-state, all-district and other recognition.
As a sophomore, Patton scored 17.6 points and averaged 6.0 assists for the 17-9 Rams. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club in high school, and he earned the Marine Corps Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and Male Athlete of the Year honor at Olympic as a senior.