CHICAGO, Illinois — Former MML power forward Thomas Jean (Genesee), committed to play basketball at Roosevelt University in Chicago (they’re the Lakers, too). Jean was among the top players in the GAC Blue as a senior. The two-time team captain averaged a double-double for Genesee this past season.
“We are thrilled to have Thomas join the Lakers,” Griffin said. “Thomas embodies the true student-athlete that we covet here at Roosevelt. His accomplishments on the court can only be outdone by his academic achievements. On the court, he will give us a tough post presence and valuable interior depth. His athleticism will allow him to thrive in our fast-break offensive attack and his rebounding ability will aid in our commitment to defense.”
Jean’s head coach at Genesee Adam Weldon echoes Griffin’s sentiments when talking about the type of student-athlete Roosevelt is getting.
“Thomas will be a great fit at Roosevelt,” said Weldon. “He is an extremely hard worker who loves the game. I am certain he will excel at the collegiate level and will have four successful years both on and off the court.”
Jean joins Chicago product Ray Lichter (Chicago, Ill./Gordon Tech) as the Lakers’ first two signees for next season, a campaign that will mark the return of intercollegiate athletics to Roosevelt.
“I have decided to attend Roosevelt because I feel as if I am truly wanted at Roosevelt,” said Jean. “I’m excited to be part of the first team back here at Roosevelt. I love the city and know that I am getting a great education from a great university. I hope to start a winning tradition that with hard work will turn into championships.”