Forward Kurt Hall and Guard Kamau Stokes Sign Letters of Intent to Join Rockets
TOLEDO, OH — Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk announced today the signing of 6-6, 200-pound forward Kurt Hall (North Chicago, IL) and 5-11, 155-pound guard Kamau Stokes (Baltimore, MD) to National Letter of Intents to attend the University of Toledo beginning in the 2014-15 academic year.
“We’re really excited to add both Kurt and Kamau to our Rocket Basketball family,” Kowalczyk said. “They both come from winning backgrounds and are exactly what we need to continue the success our program has enjoyed.”
Hall was a part of four straight sectional titles for North Chicago High School and scored 27 points in a 79-70 triumph over Carmel High School this past March. A second-team Class 3A all-state honoree, Hall averaged 21.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals as a senior as well as 16.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals as a junior.
“Kurt is a hard worker who does all the little things that help you win games,” Kowalczyk said. “He kind of has a junkyard dog mentality and possesses the same type of intensity that Rian Pearson had. We really feel he’s someone who can play multiple positions for us.”
Stokes has been a part of a pair of state championship squads, helping Dunbar High School win in 2013 and City College High School in 2014. The Knights were the first Baltimore-area squad to go undefeated (27-0) in five years. Stokes, who earned first team all-metro honors as a senior and second-team accolades as a junior, averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds this past season.
“Kamau is a very talented, athletic point guard,” Kowalczyk said. “I thought it was really important to bring in a point guard who could play alongside and learn from Juice (Brown) and be the heir apparent as the quarterback of our offense. Kamau can really score, is extremely tough mentally, and we are confident that Kamau will have a very good career as a Rocket.”
Hall and Stokes will joined 6-5, 220-pound sophomore Dre Applewhite (Mississippi State) and 6-3, 175-pound freshman Stuckey Mosley (Orlando, FL) as newcomers on the 2014-15 Rocket roster.