Men's basketball signs two during the early period

Nov. 21, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Cliff Warren's first recruiting class was hailed as a success and his second one is off to a good start as well.

The Dolphins signed two players in the fall signing period that will be coming to Jacksonville for the 2006-07 season.

"Both of these young men are going to come in and challenge our returning players for playing time immediately," Warren said. "We are excited about these two young men joining our program and having a successful career at JU."

Szymon Lukasiak (pronounced WOO-ka-shik), a 6-foot-9 235 lbs. post player, comes to JU after playing at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla. Lukasiak will be gaining experience this year as a starter after spending last year as a role player on a team that produced five Division I players. As a junior, he helped lead Montverde to 21-6 record and a national ranking.

"He has worked really hard to become a Division I player," said Montverde head coach Kevin Sutton. "He is a hard worker and his continuous improvement to get better reminds me of only one other player I've had in my 20 years. He is a tremendous young man who will have a great career at JU."

"Szymon is a strong aggressive rebounder who has really developed his offensive skills within the last year," Warren said. "His high school coach, Kevin Sutton, does a tremendous job in player development and he will continue to develop as a player during his senior year."

Tyrone Curnell, a 6-foot-6 225 lbs. forward, will join the Dolphins after a successful four-year career at West Orange High School. He has helped lead West Orange to better records each season, going from 12-14 as a freshman to 23-9 last year and being crowned region champions.

With the legend of his game-winning shot last year against Oviedo in the regional finals, Curnell is up for preseason "Player of the Year" honors in Orange County and is listed on the Class 6A preseason all-state team by the Galaxy of Stars Basketball website.

"Tyrone is an athletic player who can play either forward position," Warren said. "He is very versatile and he plays extremely hard at both ends of the court."

Jacksonville hits the floor again on Friday against South Florida. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.