BALTIMORE – UMBC Head Men's Basketball Coach Aki Thomas is pleased to announce that three prospective student-athletes have signed national letters-of-intent to compete in men's basketball at UMBC in the fall of 2014. All three prospective student-athletes – Silver Spring's Malcolm Brent, Bowie's Jourdan Grant and Frederick's Lamell Washington are Maryland natives.
Brent is a 6-4, 185-lb. shooting guard who attended Northwood (Md.) High School before prepping at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H. Brent averaged 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game during his final season at Northwood in 2011-12. In his first year at KUA, he helped the Wildcats to a record of 19-8 and a postseason berth. Brent is a member of the Beyond Belief Program, a mentoring program that has helped mold him as a student-athlete.
A team captain as a junior in 2012-13, Grant is a 6-2, 175-lb. combo-guard who helped lead Archbishop Spalding to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals and the Baltimore Catholic League finals last year, He averaged 12.3 points, 5.8 assists and 3.7 steals per contest in 2012-13. Grant earned First Team MIAA honors, Second Team All-Baltimore Catholic League honors and was named to the Baltimore Catholic League All-Tournament team.
After a standout career at Frederick's Tuscarora High School, Washington is prepping at Fishburne (Va.) Academy in 2013-14. The 6-7, 215-lb. small/power forward earned First Team All-State, First Team All- Conference (Monocacy Valley) and First Team All-County honors in his senior campaign, leading the Titans to the 3A West regional title contest. It was Tuscarora's first-ever post-season appearance in school history.
Washington averaged 14.8 points and an area-high 13.1 rebounds per outing and posted six career games with 20 or more points and rebounds. He is currently averaging 10.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game at Fishburne.
"Malcolm, Jourdan and Lamell are great additions to our basketball program," head coach Aki Thomas said. "All three are very skilled in their respective positions, and more importantly, are high-character young men. Their families should be very proud."