PISCATAWAY, NJ – Byron Joynes, a 6-9, 300-pound center from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Rutgers University for head coach Gary Waters, it was announced today. Joynes will be a freshman at Rutgers in 2003-04.
Joynes, who was rated the No. 21 center in the nation by RivalHoops.Com, helped lead Oak Hill to a 31-4 record this past season. Oak Hill is a prep powerhouse that plays a national schedule and featured six seniors who will play Division I basketball next season. At Oak Hill last season, Joynes shot 58% from the field, averaging 7.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in just 15 minutes per game.
Prior to his one season at Oak Hill, Joynes was a standout at Towson Catholic High School in his native Baltimore. At Towson Catholic, Joynes was a teammate of NBA-bound Carmelo Anthony. As a junior at Towson Catholic, Joynes averaged 13 points and 15 rebounds per game.
“We are excited that Byron has elected to continue his education and play basketball at Rutgers University,” said Waters.
“Byron is a young man whose best basketball is in front of him. He is just 17 years old (will turn 18 on May 10),” Waters added. “Byron is a skilled big man, who is a real wide body. He has good hands, excellent agility, and offers a huge presence on both ends of the floor. He lost quite a bit of weight as his season progressed and his production went up considerably in the latter part of his season as his stamina improved.”
Joynes is the fourth player to sign a national letter of intent with Rutgers and will join 6-4 guard Antwi Atuahene (Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School/Toronto), 6-3 guard Quincy Douby (St. Thomas More Prep/Brooklyn, NY) and 6-4 guard Marquis Webb (Paterson Catholic HS/Paterson, NJ) as members of the 2003-04 recruiting class. These four players competed on teams that compiled a combined record of 121-20 (86%) this past season.