Holy Cross Basketball Signs 3 to National Letters of Intent
Friday, November 16, 2018
Drew Lowder, Joe Pridgen, and Ryan Wade will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2019.
“We have added three outstanding young men to our program in the Class of 2023. They all bring great experience playing against elite, national competition in AAU ball, in addition to being exceptional high school players. This group should make an immediate impact on our program,” said Carmody.
Lowder is a 6-foot, 170-pound guard who plays for head coach Rich Marion at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich. He averaged 19 points and four assists per game during his junior season, while shooting 46 percent from the field. Lowder was named to the 2018 Ann Arbor News Dream Team, and is a two-time first team Southeastern Conference Red Division selection. Ranked as one of the top three guards in the state and a preseason Michigan Mr. Basketball candidate by Inside Prep Sports, Lowder played on the national AAU circuit with The Family in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and 1 Nation in the Under Armour Association.
Pridgen is a 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward who plays for head coach Michael Shelton at the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass. He was selected All-Independent School League as a junior, in addition to being named honorable mention All-New England by the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. Ranked as one of the top five forwards in Massachusetts by the New England Recruiting Report, Pridgen played on the national AAU circuit for Expressions Elite in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.
Wade is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard who plays for head coach Mike Lovelace at Skyline High School in the Ann Arbor, Mich. He helped lead Skyline to and overall record of 23-1 as a junior, with the team winning the Southeastern Conference title, the District title and advancing to the Regional finals. Wade averaged 13.6 points and 2.6 assists per game in 2017-2018. Listed as one of the top three guards in the state and a preseason Michigan Mr. Basketball candidate by Inside Prep Sports, Wade played on the national AAU circuit for 1 Nation in the Under Armour Association.
Holy Cross This Season
Holy Cross is off to a 1-2 start this season, and returns to action on Friday, Nov. 16, when it faces Stony Brook at 6:00 p.m. as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Related Slideshow: 10 Biggest Games in Holy Cross Basketball History
Holy Cross vs Michigan in NCAA Tournament
The game marked Holy Cross' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 seasons.
After leading 72-70 with less than 5 minutes to play, the Crusaders fell 92-81.
Holy Cross was led that season by Ronnie Perry, however, he was injured for this game.
Holy Cross vs Duquesne - NIT Championship game
Holy Cross won the NIT Championship game 71-62 over Duquesne.
The Crusaders were led by Togo Palazzi who was named MVP of the tournament.
Palazzi went as the number one pick in the NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics a couple of months later.
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