Nov. 11, 2015
BALTIMORE - Five high school student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent today and will be a part of the Loyola University Maryland men's basketball Class of 2020, head coach G.G. Smith announced.
The five -- Chuck Champion (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Central School), Dylan Gollihar (Richardson, Texas/Richardson H.S.), Austin Harriott (Philadelphia, Pa./The Hun School of Princeton), Andrew Kostecka (Germantown, Maryland/Clarksburg H.S.) and Ian Langendoerfer (Honesdale, Pennsylvania/Honesdale H.S.) -- will join the Greyhounds on the court in 2016-2017.
"This is a big class, and we are excited to sign them to National Letters of Intent today," Smith said. "Each of these players bring different skill sets to our program, and we are happy to welcome them to the Greyhound family."
Champion, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged more than 14 points per game last season at Friends Central School after transferring to the Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, school prior to the season. He helped the Phoenix reach the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) quarterfinals.
Prior to playing at Friends Central, Champion was a two-year varsity player as a freshman and sophomore at La Salle College High School in 2012-2014; he helped the Explorers to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association AAAA title game in 2013. Champion played AAU basketball for the Jersey Shore Warriors.
Gollihar, a 7-foot center, was named the district defensive player of the year in 2014-2015 for Richardson (Texas) High School where he averaged 5.1 blocks per game for the Eagles. A two-time Academic All-District honoree, Gollihar was an All-District performer on the court for Richardson where he also averaged 5.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a junior in 2014-2015.
With his presence in the post, the Eagles were the bi-district and area champions while also reaching the regional quarterfinals. Gollihar played in the Texas vs. Trinidad-Tobago Tournament in 2013, earning Defensive Player of the Tournament honors. He has served as a junior counselor at an international peace camp in the Philippines during the summer, and he is a member of the National Honor Society. Gollihar played AAU basketball for FV 5:17.
Harriott, a 6-foot-4 wing, moved to The Hun School of Princeton (N.J.) prior to his 2014-2015 junior season and helped the Raiders to a second-place finish in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League and No. 6 ranking in the New Jersey Advanced Media's final Prep/Independent School rankings.
A native of Philadelphia, Harriott played two years, 2012-2014, at Germantown Friends School in his home city. He also spent a season in 2011-2012 at the Boys' Latin of Philadelphia School. He also played AAU basketball for the New Jersey Shoreshots.
Kostecka, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 13.9 points per game at Clarksburg (Maryland) High School while also pulling down 6.2 rebounds and averaging 2.0 assists per contest. He was a Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention player as a junior and earned All-Montgomery County recognition from the Montgomery Gazette.
Already Clarksburg's No. 4 all-time leading scorer, Kostecka helped the Coyotes set a school record with 20 wins in 2013-2014 and reach the Maryland Class 4A West final for the first time in school history. He has also been a four-year starter on Clarksburg's golf team and qualified for the Maryland State Championships as a junior. He has a also earned a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Maryland State Department of Education for volunteering over 300 student service learning hours. Kostecka played AUU basketball for 17U Team Takeover.
Langendoerfer, a 6-foot-6 wing, has scored 1,111 points through his first three years of high school and averaged 21 points per game as a junior in 2014-2015 at Honesdale (Pennsylvania) High School. After scoring 533 points and averaging 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game last season, Langendoerfer was named the Lackawanna League Division II Player of the Year.
A two-time Lackawanna League All-Star First Team and Division II All-District 2 honoree, Langendoerfer averaged 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore for the Hornets. He also has been a standout golfer at Honesdale where he was a four-year letterwinner while earning Lackawanna League All-Star First Team honors as a junior and senior. Langendoerfer played AAU basketball for J.B. Hoops.