Youngstown, Ohio – The Youngstown State men's basketball program has signed Bobby Hain (Jupiter, Fla.) and Ryan Weber (Indianapolis, Ind.) to National Letters-of-Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at YSU, Head Coach Jerry Slocum announced on Wednesday (Nov. 9).
Slocum said one thing that really stood out about Hain and Weber was their offensive prowess.
"The thing I like about both of these guys is the really can score the ball," Slocum said. "We are really pleased to have two quality people and highly-talented basketball players join our program."
Hain, a 6-foot-9 forward from Jupiter High School, was named second-team all-conference as a junior after averaging 13.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Hain, who made 30 3-pointers last season, shot 48.1 percent (65-of-135) inside the arc and posted a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds against Suncoast High School.
Slocum liked Hain's ability to play inside and out.
"Bobby is a unique guy and would have been hard for us to get in the past," Slocum said. "He's 6-9/6-10 very agile and shoots the ball extremely well also.
"Jupiter's John Anderson has a great program and has coached Bobby very well. Bobby has such unlimited potential and, as he gets stronger, he can turn into an outstanding basketball player."
Hain was impressed with the coaching staff, his future teammates and being able to play in a great basketball conference.
"I loved the coaching staff and felt I fit very well with the team," Hain said. "Offensively, it seemed like a good fit because I am an in-and-out player and I can stretch the defense.
"Being able to play in the Horizon League was also big for me. It is a very strong league."
Weber, a 6-foot-7 forward from Roncalli High School, helped lead his prep squad to an 18-6 overall mark and the school's fourth sectional championship in the last seven years.
Weber averaged 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and was named Honorable Mention all-county. He was also named to the Marion Holiday Tournament First-Team.
"Ryan is an overall very good basketball player," Slocum said. "He guards well and shoots the ball extremely well. He has really good size and has as much of an upside.
"He's a great shooter of the basketball, is well coached by Michael Wantz at Roncalli High School and comes from a great high school program. Ryan is what is good about college athletics."
Weber listed that YSU being team on the rise and its proximity to home as key contributors to his decision.
"There were a lot of factors but mainly it was the coaches and players at YSU," Weber said. "YSU is a team on the up and I think has big things in store in the future.
"The Horizon League is a great conference and my home is centrally located so my family can see many of my games."
The Guins open the 2011-12 season against Samford, Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala.