Scranton, PA – The Lackawanna College Athletic Department and its Men's Basketball program are honored to announce that Jesse Huff has signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Pennsylvania Sate Athletics Conference (PSAC) in NCAA Division II. Huff, a graduate of Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida, was a key contributor to the Falcons success this past season, averaging 10.4 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game. A true freshman starter, he appeared in 31 games for Lackawanna, shooting over 46% from the field and over 37% from the arc.
"I couldn't be happier for a more deserving young man" said head coach Kevin Clark. "Jesse has a burning passion for competition – something you can't teach. I have no doubt that he will succeed at the next level and play a key role for IUP the next three years. For us, he was a key component in everything that we did. His high basketball IQ, coachability, and many talents on the floor will lead him down a bright path. Jesse continuously developed all aspects of his game and has a clear focus on what he wants to achieve in the future. I'm proud to say that Jesse was a member of our team and our institution over the past year."
Huff also excelled in the classroom this past academic year, maintaining over a 3.6 GPA while concentrating his focus on Liberal Arts.
Joe Lombardi, Head Coach of the Crimson Hawks, shared his enthusiasm over Huff joining his program. "We are excited to add Jesse as a future student-athlete at IUP. As a big guard, I'm impressed with the total package that Jesse brings on both ends of the court. He can score from all 3 levels and competes well on the defensive end. Beyond his physical talents, I am confident that he will add a strong set of intangibles that are critical in championship programs. He will be the second player I've coached from Lackawanna, which I know has a strong history of good teams and excellent coaching".
Under Coach Lombardi, IUP has a 204-77 (.726) overall record with seven straight NCAA tournament appearances, three PSAC tournament titles (2010, 2011, 2013), two Atlantic Region Championships (2010, 2015) and two Division II National Championship Game appearances (2010, 2015).