Men's Basketball Adds Six Recruits, Including Two All-State Choices
Head Coach Bob Rukavina and the Pitt-Johnstown men’s basketball program, coming off of a WVIAC Tournament Championship and a second straight trip to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament, have added six players for the 2009-10 season, including 2009 Pennsylvania Class AA First-Team Associated Press All-State choice Jordan Miller (Mineral Point, Pa.) from Central Cambria High School and 2009 AAAA Associated Press Second-Team All-State selection Nick Novak (Murrysville Pa.) from Franklin Regional High School.
“I think this freshman class is one of the best we’ve had here at Pitt-Johnstown in the last five years,” Coach Rukavina said. “It will be the first time I can remember that we will be playing so many true freshmen.”
Noah Hartung Forward 6’4” 225 lbs. Butler, Pa./Butler Area H.S.
Noah Hartung joins the Pitt-Johnstown basketball team after taking a red-shirt at Snow (UT) Junior College in 2006-07 and spending two years on a Mission. Hartung was a three-year letterman in both basketball and football at Butler Area High School. As a senior, he averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists per game.
Hartung’s father was the head basketball coach at Butler county Community College for more than 20 years.
Hartung was coached by Joe Lewondowski at Butler Area High School.
Joel Kaminsky Guard 6’0” 170 lbs. Central City, Pa./Shade H.S.
Joel Kaminsky finished his career as Shade High School’s all time leading scorer with 1,416 points. Kaminsky also holds the school record for most free-throws made (265) and three-pointers made (119). As a senior, he averaged 15.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. Kaminsky, a four-year letterman, was named the 2008-09 Somerset County Most Valuable Player. He was a four-time All-Somerset County Team choice and a three-time All-District V selection. Kaminsky led Shade High School to the 2009 WestPAC and District V titles, as well as a spot in the second round of the PIAA Class A State Playoffs. In addition to basketball, he was a four-year letterman in baseball, where he earned All-Somerset County Team honors and All-District V honors three times each.
Kaminsky was coached by Wade Fyock at Shade High School.
Jordan Miller Guard 6’0” 170 lbs. Mineral Point, Pa./ Central Cambria H.S.
Jordan Miller, a First-Team Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State selection in 2009 and a Class AAA Second-Team All-State choice in 2008, ended his high school career ranked fifth in Pennsylvania history with 280 three-point field goals made. He ranks 97th on Pennsylvania’s All-Time Scoring List with 2,105 points. His 283 three-pointers are a Cambria County and Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference (LHAC) record, while his 2,105 points are the most ever in the LHAC and rank fourth in Cambria County history. Miller also ended his high school career with 521 assists, 437 free-throws made and 325 steals. In 2008-09, Miller was Pennsylvania’s leading scorer with 921 points. He also had 120 three-point field goals, which were Pennsylvania’s fourth highest single-season total and the second highest ever single-season total in Cambria County. Miller, the 2009 Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Year and Player of the Year, posted single-game highs of 51 points against Forest Hills High School, nine three-pointers against Bishop McCort High School and 19 free-throws against Forest Hills. Miller was a three-time Altoona Mirror First-Team All-Area selection and the first player from the area to be selected to play in the McDonalds Regional Classic. His 78 points, including 47 against Saint Maria Goretti (MD) High School, broke the Hollidaysburg Golden Tiger Classic two-game scoring record. Miller helped lead Central Cambria to a pair of PIAA “Sweet Sixteen” State Basketball Tournament appearances, one District VI AAA Championship and one LHAC title.
Miller played for Steve Traino at Central Cambria High School.
Nick Novak Guard 6’0” 175 lbs. Murrysville, Pa. / Franklin Regional H.S.
Nick Novak, a 2008-09 Associated Press Second-Team AAAA All-State selection, led the WPIAL in scoring at 28.8 points per game on his way to being named the Section I Most Valuable Player. As a senior, Novak averaged 28.8 points, 5.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. He holds Franklin Regional High School’s single-game scoring record with 45 points against Woodland Hills High School. His 618 points in 2008-09 is also the school’s single-season scoring record. Novak, the 2009 WPIAL Player of the Year, was selected to play in the McDonalds Roundball Classic and Pittsburgh’s “Fabulous 5” All-Star Game. He led his team to the AAAA Section I championship and a spot in the PIAA State Playoffs.
Novak was coached by Doug Kelly at Franklin Regional High School.
Mike Stanzel Forward 6’6” 175 lbs. West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin Area H.S.
Mike Stanzel is expected take a red-shirt during the 2009-10 season.
Stanzel, a three-year starter and senior captain, earned AAA All-Section honors following the 2008-09 season. Stanzel, one of the top three-point shooters in the WPIAL, averaged 14 points per game as a senior and finished his career with 612 points. He recorded single-game highs of 27 points against McGuffey High School, 14 rebounds against Chartiers Valley and 11 assists against Steel Valley. He also had a career-best seven three-pointers against McGuffey. Stanzel, who earned Top-10 Player Award at the 2009 All-American Showcase, also helped lead West Mifflin to three WPIAL Quarterfinals appearances.
Stanzel played for Lance Maha at West Mifflin Area High School.
Paul Weatherly G/F 6’3” 200 lbs. Johnstown, Pa./Greater Johnstown H.S.
Paul Weatherly is expected take a red-shirt during the 2009-10 season.
Weatherly, a four-year letterman and two-time Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference (LHAC) All-Conference Team choice, averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 2008-09. He ended his high school career with 1,261 points and over 500 rebounds. Weatherly helped lead Greater Johnstown High School to four straight playoff appearances, one District VI Championship and one LHAC title.
Academically, Weatherly graduated from Greater Johnstown with high honors.
Weatherly was coached by John Fuschino and Dave Roman Jr. at Greater Johnstown High School.
The Mountain Cats must replace four starters off of the 2008-09 team that finished with a 24-8 overall record, won the WVIAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second straight year. Pitt-Johnstown does return sophomore center Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.), who joined Coach Rukavina’s starting line-up as a true freshman, and sharp-shooting guards Danny Branch (Washington, D.C.) and Andy Byer (Tire Hill, Pa.).
Pitt-Johnstown opens the 2009-10 season in the Sports Center against the University of the District of Columbia on November 18.