Men's Basketball Adds Four Recruits, Including First Team All-State Patrick Grubbs
09/02/08...Head Coach Bob Rukavina and the Pitt Johnstown men’s basketball program, coming off of a WVIAC championship and a trip to the NCAA Division II East Region Semifinals, have added four players for the 2008-09 season, including Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.), a First Team Class A All-State selection from Serra Catholic High School, and local standout Kevin Byer (Davidsville, Pa.),. Coach Rukavina also signed forward Rudy Roberts (Cleveland, OH), and Byron Westmoreland, a First Team All-City selection from Baltimore, MD.
"We’re very excited about this year’s freshman class,” Rukavina said. “We feel that it is one of the best classes we have had in the last five years”.
“We have the luxury of being able to red-shirt three of the four incoming freshmen because we return our entire team except for Chris Gilliam. Pat Grubbs will have an opportunity to make an impact as a true freshman. He went from 320 lbs. to 255 lbs. Pat had a great summer. He is very skilled in the post and should help us immensely as he gains more and more experience,” Rukavina said.
Kevin Byer Guard 6’4” 175 lbs. Davidsville, Pa./Conemaugh Township H.S.
Kevin Byer, the cousin of current Mountain Cat Andy Byer and former Mountain Cat Paul Byer, wrapped up his high school career with 1,093 points and 480 rebounds. As a senior, Byer averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Byer, a three-year letterman, was named the 2007-08 Somerset County Player of the Year and the West Pac Player of the Year. Byer, who poured in a career-high 28 points against Conemaugh Valley High School, led Conemaugh Township to the WestPac title and a spot in the 2008 PIAA State Playoffs. Byer was also selected to play in the 2008 Altoona Mirror All-Star Game.
He was coached by Scott Cable at Conemaugh Township High School.
Patrick Grubbs Forward/Center 6’8” 255 lbs. Turtle Creek, Pa./ Serra Catholic H.S.
Patrick Grubbs, a Pennsylvania Class A First Team All-State choice in 2007-08, averaged 20.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game on his way to leading Serra Catholic High School to a 31-2 record and the Class A State Championship. Grubbs poured in 31 points against Philadelphia’s Freire Charter School in the PA State title game. Grubbs also pulled down a career-high 25 rebounds against Bentworth High School. He finished his career with over 1,100 points and 810 rebounds. Grubbs, a three-year letterman in basketball and a two-year letterman in football, was also tabbed First Team WPIAL Class A and McKeesport Daily News Player of the Year as a senior and All-Section as a junior.
He played for Bob Rozanski at Serra Catholic High School.
Rudy Roberts Forward 6’6” 245 lbs. Cleveland, OH / East Tech H.S
Rudy Roberts was a two-year letterman at East Tech High School where he averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior during the 2007-08 season. Roberts recorded career-highs of 35 points, 18 rebounds, 10 blocks and 10 assists. Roberts played in the 2008 Heights vs. Hoods All-Star Game and the 2008 Greater Cleveland All-Star Game. Roberts was selected as his team’s Most Valuable Player and was named its Defensive Player of the Year in 2007-08. Roberts also helped lead his team to a Senate Conference championship and a Division I Sectional title.
In the classroom, Roberts was tabbed Student-Athlete of the Year in 2007-08. He was his graduating class’ Salutatorian and a member of the Merit Roll. Roberts also graduated with high honors.
He was coached by Brett Moore at East Tech High School.
Byron Westmoreland Guard 6’4” 170 lbs. Baltimore, MD/Mergenthaler Vocational Technical H.S.
Byron Westmoreland was named First Team All-Baltimore City and Second Team All-Metro following the 2007-08 season after averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists per game at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School. Westmoreland, a two-year letterman, led Mergenthaler Vo-Tech to the 2006-07 Maryland AAA North Regional Championship and a trip to the AAA Maryland State Finals. He posted career-highs of 38 points against, 17 rebounds against and 11 assists.
He was coached by Daryl Wade at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School.
The Mountain Cats return four starters off of a team the finished with a 23-8 overall record and a 17-3 mark in WVIAC play. Pitt Johnstown won the 2007-08 WVIAC championship and advanced to the 2008 NCAA Division II East Regional Semifinals after defeating #2-seeded Mount Olive (NC) College in the tournament’s opening round.
Pitt Johnstown opens the 2008-09 season against Penn State-Greater Allegheny on Saturday, November 15 in the Sports Center.