Benedictine guard Thomas O’Connor shoots a 3-pointer during a game last season. O’Connor will be joined by a six-person recruiting class this upcoming season.

Benedictine College Men’s Basketball Head Coach Ryan Moody announced his recruiting class for the 2018-19 season. The six-member class joins a program entering its seventh season under Moody and a team that is coming off a third-place Heart South finish last season.

Jayden Temme is a 6-foot, 6-inch wing from Omaha, Nebraska. Temme averaged 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game last season and helped lead his team to a 26-1 record and a Class A Nebraska State Championship.

“Jayden is multidimensional player on both ends of the floor,” Moody said. “Offensively, he can post smaller defenders, use his athleticism to attack the basket off the dribble and stretch the floor with this high level three point shooting. His size and athleticism allow him to guard multiple positions on defense.”

Tyson Cathy is a 6-6 forward from Liberty, Missouri. Cathy averaged 10 points, and 13 rebounds while helping to lead his team to a 16-9 record. He was named First Team All-District and Second Team All-Suburban Conference.

“Tyson has the strength and size to battle inside and is a gifted rebounder with great hands. He has excellent timing and jumping ability and can protect the rim with his length,” Moody said. “He has sneaky athleticism and quickness. Offensively, he runs the floor in transition, can score down low and can shoot the three pointer consistently.”

Hunter Schneider is a 6-8 post from Overland Park who averaged 12.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He was a co-captain his senior year and was named Second Team All-Sunflower Conference and Honorable Mention 6A Kansas All-State.

“Hunter is not your typical big man,” Moody said. “He has the size and strength to score and defend down low but he has great hands and a great feel of the game that allow him to be a play maker from the big position. He is an excellent passer from the post and facing the basket and can knock down the three point shot.”

Jake Thompson is a 6-0 guard from Leawood, Missouri. Thompson averaged 7.4 points, 1.4 assists, 1.4 rebounds and led the team in 3-point field goals made. Thompson was named team captain and helped the team go 22-6, win the district and sectional championship, and have the first 20 win season in four years.

“Jake is a tough minded over-achiever who clearly has an impact on his team. He can play both the point guard and shooting guard position,” Moody said. “He has the quickness to defend the ball and smarts to be a great off ball defender. Jake is a winner and makes his teammates better every day.”

Joel Adese is a 6-6 forward. Adese is a Nigerian foreign exchange student who attended La Salette Academy in Georgetown, Illinois. He averaged 18.1 points and 11.2 rebounds, and was named to the NCSAA National Championship – All Tournament Team.

“Joel has the length and strength to be an impact on the defensive end. He can rebound out of his area and can contest shots at the rim,” Moody said. “He is raw in his post play skill level but his ability to shoot and handle the ball are very good. Once Joel gets through the learning curve and adjusts to the college level, the sky is the limit for his abilities.”

Chris Jackson is a 6-2 guard from Dayton, Ohio who played in 23 games and started six games for NCAA Division 2 Urbana University last year. He shot 41 percent from 3-point land and 80 percent from the free throw line. Jackson attended Dayton Dunbar High School, the same high school former Ravens Shawn Fleming Jr. and Andre Yates attended.

“Chris is a combo guard who excels first and foremost on the defensive end,” Moody said. “He can defend on the ball at all positions and he has great instincts off the ball. Offensively, he can shoot the 3-pointer consistently and can attack the rim. He has the vision to play the point guard position or be another point guard on the floor at the off guard spot.”

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