Forward Myles Cherry from the Newcastle Hunters (NSW) has committed to the Lafayette Leopards.
The 6'8 forward follows in the footsteps of fellow Australians Dan Trist (2015) and Nathaniel Musters (2016) who have since both graduated from the Leopards program. Having just spent a prep season in the US playing for Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, Cherry bolsters the Leopards front court on a team that went 6-24 and finished 1oth in the Patriot League.
"We’re excited to have Myles on board as he’ll be a strong contributor to our team,” head coach Fran O’Hanlon stated. “He’s an excellent passer and gives us a quality physical presence in the post.”
Cherry starred for New South Wales Country as captain at the 2015 Australian Junior Championships, helping guide his side to a come-from-behind win to snatch the gold medal from their Metro counterparts. He would average 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and was selected to The Pick and Roll All-Tournament Team. Olgun Uluc outlined Cherry's performance across the tournament as consistent and having made great strides in his overall play.
"He’s made a lot of improvement with his decision-making on the low block and showed some impressive footwork." explained Uluc. "He showed to be a consistent threat down low and his partnership with Makuach Maluach – who also would have been deserving of a spot in the all-tournament team – was extremely fun to watch."
A member of the Australian under-17 squad in 2014, Cherry missed selection to the Australian side that earned silver behind the USA at the FIBA World Championships in Dubai. Cherry was suffering from glandular fever at the time that the final selection camps were being held. Cherry was also selected to represent Australia at the 2015 Nike All-Asia camp held in Shanghai, China, where he displayed his talents in front of college scouts, NBA coaches and players.