St. Louis, Mo., July 2, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis head men's basketball coach Pat Juckem has announced the signing of five freshmen for the 2019-20 academic year.
The Class of 2023 including student-athletes from five different states: Nate Bloedorn (Nolensville, Tenn./Nolensville), Spencer Boehm (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier), Kevin Davet (Cleveland, Ohio/Saint Ignatius), Liam Dillon (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Preparatory), Matthew Gonzalo (Dunwoody, Ga./St Pius X Catholic).
"We are excited to welcome these five outstanding young men to our WashU basketball family," said Juckem. "Each young man exhibits the traits we value in our program. They are serious students, talented athletes and outstanding teammates. WashU fans will enjoy watching this group develop and impact our program in the years to come."
WashU posted a 17-8 overall record a year ago and finished in a tie for second place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) standings with a 10-4 mark. The Bears won the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship, and have made 24 NCAA Tournament appearances. The Bears have also won a conference-record 15 UAA titles.
Complete biographies are listed below:
Nate Bloedorn – F – 6-7 – 220 – Nolensville, Tenn. (Nolensville)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at Nolensville High School … Team captain … Averaged 20.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game and shot 63% from the field as a senior … Career totals include 1,350 points, 846 rebounds and 251 blocks … Career-highs of 34 points and 18 rebounds … Three-time all-district and two-time all-region … Two-time regional tournament and regular season district champion … AP Scholar with Distinction ... National Merit Commended Scholar … PERSONAL: Son of Jeff and Tammy Bloedern … Majoring in mechanical engineering.
Spencer Boehm – C – 6-7 – 225 – Winnetka, Ill. (New Trier)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at New Trier High School … Two-year team captain … Career highs of 25 points 16 rebounds and 10 assists … Two-time all-conference … Team won conference title as a junior … Four-year honor roll … PERSONAL: Son of Rodger and Susan Boehm … Majoring in finance/operations … Has five older siblings which all played college sports: Peter (Basketball/Harvard), Jack (Baseball/Bucknell), Connor (Basketball/Dartmouth), Mike (Rowing/Bucknell), Jeannie (Basketball/Harvard).
Kevin Davet – C – 6-10 – 240 – Cleveland, Ohio (Saint Ignatius)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at Saint Ignatius … Team captain … Averaged 10 points and seven rebounds per game and shot 60% from the field … Most single-season dunks in Saint Ignatius history … GCBCA First-Team All-Star … President's Education Award … Nation Latin Summa Cum Laude … PERSONAL: Son of George and Kristen Davet … Majoring in cognitive neuroscience … Brother Matt plays basketball at Emory … Uncle is former NFL quarterback Tom Tupa.
Liam Dillon – F – 6-7 – 225 – Houston, Texas (Strake Jesuit College Preparatory)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory … Team captain … Averaged 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game … Three-time Academic All-District … Three-year district runner-up and bi-district champions … PERSONAL: Son of Kevin and Sulyn Dillon … Enrolled in the Olin Business School.
Matthew Gonzalo – G – 5-10 – 160 – Dunwoody, Ga. (St. Pius X Catholic)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at St. Pius X Catholic High School … Team captain … Averaged 13.6 points, 6.5 assist and 2.0 steals per game as a senior … Conference Player of the Year … North Georgia Player of the Year … 4A Senior of the Year … Atlanta Top-30 player … Three-time all-state and all-conference … Three-time region champions … Back-to-back state runner-up … Ranked No. 1 in state … 102-21 record as starting point guard … Two-time Honor Roll … PERSONAL: Son of Ricardo and Julie Gonzalo … Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences … Father played baseball at Notre Dame.