FRIDAY, JUNE 01, 2001
Basketball Completes 2000-01 Recruiting Class

June 1, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU basketball coach Hugh Durham has announced the signing of Ryan Lewis and Travis Robinson to national letters of intent for the 2001-02 season, completing one of the Dolphins' most impressive recruiting classes in recent years.

Robinson comes to JU from Barton County Community College where he averaged 23 points per game as a sophomore after transferring from Fresno State University. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound swing player averaged a team-high 14.9 points in eight games as a freshman at Fresno State, including a 33-point performance against LSU in the Hawaii Thanksgiving Classic en route to all-tournament honors.

"Travis is a complete player who can play all three perimeter positions for us," says Durham, who led the Dolphins to their best season since 1995 last year. "We're excited about having him here at JU and I think the people of Jacksonville will enjoy watching him play." A native of Gastonia, N.C., Robinson played his prep ball at Mount Zion Christian Academy where he was rated the top player in the nation his sophomore year and was tabbed one of the top-20 players in the nation as a senior after averaging 26.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.1 blocks per game.

Lewis arrives at JU after averaging 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game last season at Chipola Junior College. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound post player also shot 57 percent from the floor as he helped lead the Indians to a 20-10 record. Lewis began his collegiate career at the University of Georgia, where played in 16 games as a redshirt freshman in 1999-2000. His best game at Georgia came against Marshall when he scored 10 points and grabbed five boards in 21 minutes of action.

"Ryan gives us a defensive presence around the goal who can block shots and rebound," says Durham. "With the graduation of Kris Hunter, who had 114 blocks for us last season, Ryan will have an opportunity to contribute right away."

"The addition of Travis and Ryan gives us one of the most outstanding recruiting classes since I arrived at JU in 1997."

The signing of Lewis and Robinson brings the Dolphins' total number of signees to five for this year. JU signed forward O.J. Gilmore (6-9, 235), son of former Dolphin and NBA great Artis Gilmore on April 11, while inking Brian Novitsky, a 6-6 small forward from Horsham, Pa., and David Lee, a 6-3 shooting guard from Columbus, Ga., in the fall.

JU is fresh off of its best season in six years after finishing in a tie for third in the Trans America Athletic Conference and posting an 18-10 record. The Dolphins return nine players from this year's team, while Calvin Warner, a transfer from Eastern Michigan University, will also be eligible to play next year after sitting out the 2000-01 season.