ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Jalen Shaw, a 6-10 forward/center from Elgin, Ill., has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Bonaventure University, Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt announced. A junior college transfer from Triton (Ill.) College, Shaw will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2020-21 season.
Shaw's NLI was signed on Wednesday, the first day of the official NCAA spring signing period.
"We can't wait to get Jalen on campus with us," Schmidt said. "He is not only is a strong scorer on the low post, but has good agility that will serve him well at the Atlantic 10 level. He's an outstanding shot blocker and passer and will also bring an ability to run the floor that will present challenges for opponents on both ends of the court."
At Triton this past season, Shaw averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and was a force on the defensive end with 65 blocked shots, ranking 11th among all junior college players in the nation. Offensively, he shot over 66 percent from the field and was touted by Triton as one of the "best available bigs in junior college."
He was part of a team that finished the season 26-7 after reaching the NJCAA Region IV championship game, just one step shy of national championships. A season ago as a freshman, he averaged 10.7 points and 7.0 rebounds and shot 60 percent, blocking 61 shots.
Shaw played high school ball at Larkin High, about 45 minutes outside Chicago where he averaged 16.3 points and 12.2 rebounds as a senior, helping his squad reach the state finals for the first time in program history.
He joins fellow Illinois junior college transfer Eddie Creal, prep forward Quintin Metcalf as well as junior guard Jalen Adaway, who sat last year as a transfer, as newcomers on the roster for the upcoming season.
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