Coen announces 2007-08 recruits

Three high school athletes signed National Letters of Intent for the 2007-08 season, men’s basketball head coach Bill Coen announced Monday.

Guards Chaisson Allen and Allen Aragbaye and center Ben Felix will join the Huskies next year.

Allen is a 6-foot, 4-inch combo guard from Murfreesboro, Tenn. As a junior he led his Oakland High School team with 18.6 points, 3.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game and was named the 2006 District 7-AAA Player of the Year.

Aragbaye is another 6-foot, 4-inch guard, with good passing skills and defensive speed. A native of Moreno Valley, Calif., he will spend the winter playing basketball at Worcester Academy.

Felix is the big man the Huskies have been missing this season. Coming in at 6 feet, 11 inches, he is seen as a promising addition to NU’s frontcourt. He comes to Northeastern from Brentwood College School in British Columbia, Canada.

“We recruited Chaisson and Allen in the spring and throughout the summer,” Coen said. “Ben we recruited throughout the fall. All three are good people, quality students and good players with a sense of how to play.”

Coen said there are many draws for these student-athletes at Northeastern.

“I think it is a combination of the terrific academics, a beautiful campus in an outstanding city and the quality of play both in the Colonial and in non-conference play,” he said.

Joining the three freshmen will be two transfers who sat out this season due to NCAA regulations.

Chris Alvarez is a 6-foot, 8-inch junior from Dayton who will add depth at the forward position.He averaged 3.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 60 games with Dayton.

Sophomore center Nkem Ojougboh transferred to NU from Texas-San Antonio, where he played one season. He averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 28 games.

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