ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Jaren English, a 6-4 guard from Detroit, Mich., has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Bonaventure University, Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt announced. English will be a sophomore with three seasons of eligibility.
English recently completed his freshman year at Ranger (Texas) College, where he helped lead the Rangers to a berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I championship game. English started all 33 games he played and averaged 12 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game as the Rangers finished 31-4. He made 49 percent of his shots from the field including 43 percent (29-for-67) from three-point range.
English scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Vincennes in the national championship game. He tallied 13 points and eight rebounds in a semifinal win over Coffeyville and had 24 points and seven rebounds against Northwest Florida in the quarterfinals.
For the season, English scored in double figures 23 times with four 20-point games. He was named to the All-Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference second team. At Ranger, English was coached by Billy Gillispie.
English graduated from Romulus High School in Detroit. As a senior, he averaged 17 points, six rebounds and four assists per game as he led his team to the Michigan Class A state semifinals. He had two triple-doubles. English was a third team All-State selection as well as a first team All-West choice by the Detroit News.
English played AAU basketball for the Michigan Warriors.
"Jaren is a complete player who does just about everything well and can play multiple positions," Schmidt said. "He is a scoring wing who can put the ball in the basket and plays well in an up-tempo style. He also is a committed player on the defensive end who brings lots of the intangibles that successful teams need. He's a winning player, bottom line. Jaren comes from winning programs both at Romulus High School and Ranger. We are excited he's chosen to join our program."
"Jaren's probably the most improved player I've ever had from the start of a season to the end," Gillispie said. "He was an average shooter when he first came to (Ranger) and now he's a good shooter. He was our best rebounder by the end of the year and that was a big part of our success. There's no magic formula for that, you just have to put in old-fashioned work, which he did. He has an infectious spirit about him. Every day, he brings joy to the team and to his work."
St. Bonaventure finished 18-16 this past season and advanced to the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
In addition to English, St. Bonaventure will also add sophomore forward Bobby Planutis, who sat out last season as a transfer, freshman forward Justin Winston, who signed an NLI last fall, freshman forward Robert Carpenter and junior guard Matt Johnson, who both signed NLIs in April. Like English, Carpenter hails from Detroit.
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