The Elon University men’s basketball team on Thursday officially announced the addition of five freshmen to this year’s team.
Leading the way is Ardey Kell High School star Steven Santa Ana, who signed last fall. He’s a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard who scored a record 44 points in the 4A state championship game as a senior.
Forward Tyler Seibring of Normal Community High School in Towanda, Ill., also signed last fall. He’s 6-foot-8 and averaged 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a senior in addition to shooting 41 percent from 3-point range.
Karolis Kundrotas, of Lithuania, signed in the spring. He’s a 6-foot-11 forward who played last year for Barking Abbey School in London.
Sheldon Eberhardt, a 6-foot-5 guard from Apex, was signed over the summer, shortly after Elijah Bryant announced he was transferring. He averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last year.
Dainan Swoope, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Kansas City, Kan., was signed in early August. He was set to attend prep school after playing for Sunrise Christian Academy, but Elon’s current point guard dilemma — Bryant transferred, Luke Eddy is recovering from a torn ACL — left the Phoenix needing someone to handle the ball.
The Phoenix opens its season Nov. 13 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.