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Syracuse, NY – Le Moyne College head men’s basketball coach Nate Champion ’14 announced Wednesday that two high school student-athletes have signed letters of intent to attend Le Moyne and play for the Dolphins in 2024-2025. The class consists of guards Jacob Blakley and forward Isaac Nyakundi.

Jakob Blakley – G – Chicago, Illinois/Walter Payton Preparatory High School
AAU: Fundamental U

Blakley was a first-team all-conference, second-team all-city and second-team all-state in his career, during which he eclipsed 1,000 career points. As a senior, he averaged 28 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

Champion at Blakley: “We are very happy to have Jakob join us. He is one of the most talented goalscorers in Chicago and I believe he can be just as talented at Le Moyne. Jakob is not only an excellent player, but also a great person.” I look forward to seeing his growth over the next four years!”

Blakley on choosing Le Moyne: “When I first visited the Le Moyne campus, I immediately knew it was the right place for me to grow athletically and academically as a college athlete. The coaches are very involved with all players, creating an environment that encourages every athlete to perform at their best. The practice I attended was very energetic and the system the coaches had set up was a clear indication that they really understood the key components needed to create a winning program When I arrived on campus, I knew this was the right place for me to grow as a college athlete.”

Reggie Bates, head coach, Walter Payton Prep about Blakley: “Jakob is the most prolific goal scorer I have ever coached. He is an absolute winter player who does whatever his team needs to win!”

Mike Weinstein, Head Coach Fundamental U about Blakley: “Jakob was a pleasure to coach and always wanted more criticism to improve. He always wanted to help his team win and was a real man of culture. I was really fortunate to coach this young man and he is just the beginning of how He can coach.” he will be successful both on and off the field. Truly a winner. Oh, he can really score!’

Isaac Nyakundi – F – Duluth, Minnesota/Duluth East/The MacDuffie School (Mass)

AAU: NY Jayhawks

Nyakundi was a captain for two years at The MacDuffie School, located in Granby, Massachusetts. As a senior, he averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds per game. As a junior, he earned All-NEPSAC Class AA honorable mention after recording 20 double-doubles. In his senior season at Duluth East High School, he averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Champion at Nyakundi: “We are thrilled to have Isaac join the program. He brings a great feel for the game and presence in the paint. Isaac plays with a high motor and high IQ on both ends of the floor. He will add to the culture of our program. We can’t wait to have him on campus.”

Nyakundi on choosing Le Moyne: “I chose Le Moyne because I really liked the coaching staff. The coaches spent a lot of time recruiting and building a relationship with me. Having them come to my games and open gyms really meant a lot. It felt real like they wanted me there and after visiting it really felt like a place I could see for myself. I can’t wait to be part of the culture they are building at the D1 level.

Kurt Steiner, Head Coach, The MacDuffie School at Nyakundi: “In addition to his basketball skills and leadership qualities, Isaac Nyakundi brings a strong work ethic, dedication to improvement and his character off the court sets a positive example for his teammates. Isaac can stretch the floor and has dominant power in the post. He carries also contributes to team chemistry and unity, fostering a supportive and competitive environment among his teammates. Issac’s work ethic in the classroom is as impressive as his dedication to the game of basketball.

The Dolphins finished their first season at the Division I level with an overall record of 15-17, including a 9-7 mark in NEC action, and advanced to the NEC semifinals.

The National Letter-of-Intent program was started in 1964. Administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA), the program was designed with prospective student-athletes in mind. A signed letter of intent indicates that a prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the designated college or university for one academic year. Institutions agree to provide financial aid to the student-athlete for one academic year, provided the student-athlete is admitted to the institution and eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules.