Story courtesy: DBU Athletics
DBU Basketball announced the National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing of Jaden Shelvin and Graham Kroll to join the Patriot’s 2021 recruiting class.
Shelvin is a 6’2″ guard from Lafayette, Louisiana, where he is a four-year letterman at St. Thomas More High School and played for Coach Danny Broussard. As a junior last year, he was a leader for the 32-6 Cougars, and this year, his role has increased even more as the Cougars continue their winning ways.
Shelvin has already scored over 1,000 points in his career. As a sophomore, he was recognized as a First Team All-District and First Team All-State performer, and as a junior, he followed that up with another First Team All-District and Second Team All-State award, as well as a First Team All-Academic Team. Jaden has also already been a two-time MVP of the Louisiana Division II state championship game (2019, 2020).
Coach Broussard says, “Jaden has been an integral part of our program for four years. Not only has he been outstanding on the court, but in the classroom as well. He has been instrumental in leading us to three straight state titles and hopefully a fourth. I have a feeling he’ll be bringing that winning attitude to the Patriots and leading them to Conference Championships as well!”
Shelvin is a versatile guard that really understands how to win and is a consummate team player. He fills the stat sheet with points, rebounds, steals, and assists. He defends at a high level with strength and athleticism. He also knows how to make the players around him better and is a great passer.
Coach Flickner says, “Jaden has a bright future. He does so many things to help a team win. He has no fear of the moment, and is cool under pressure. He plays both sides of the ball, and can defend multiple positions. He is also an incredibly unselfish player who is going to fit into our system very well.”
Kroll is a 6’0″ guard from Brighton, Colorado, where he has been a four-year letter winner for Faith Christian Academy and Coach Abram Ziemer.
During Kroll’s sophomore year, he averaged 8.6 points per game, 2.8 asissts, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals, all while shooting 46% from behind the 3 point line. As a junior, he saw his assists rise to 3.9 per game while leading the Eagles to a 21-4 record, but they have yet to play in 2020-21. In addition, Kroll has been an All-Conference selection, and a two-time team captain, as well as a three-year varsity football letter winner.
Coach Flickner says, “Graham is a true leader, and one of the toughest young men you could ever hope to meet. He will bring an edge and toughness to our program, and is a consummate winner. One of the most exciting things to me about everyone in our 2021 class is the quality of young men that they are, and the quality of programs they are coming from. We have a number of guys that are very used to winning, and they understand the things that go into success in a team sport.”