Men's Basketball Adds Jacob Boonyasith to 2018 Recruiting Class

Jacob Boonyasith signs with American

WASHINGTON — American University men's basketball head coach Mike Brennan adds the program's second incoming freshman of the recruiting season, Jacob Boonyasith from Jenison, Michigan, to the Eagles Class of 2022. 

A 6-foot-3 combo guard from Jenison High School, Boonyasith scored 1,563 career points and pulled down 338 rebounds for the Wildcats.

"Jacob is a terrific shooter and scorer with an excellent feel for the game," said Brennan. "A big guard with the ability to knock down open shots and to make the right play, Jacob will earn minutes quickly."

During his career at Jenison, Boonysaith scored 30 or more points 12 times, with a career-best performance of 40 points as a junior against Muskegon Mona Shores on Feb. 7, 2017.

During his senior season, he scored a season-best 32 points on three occasions and connected on 10 or more field goals nine times. On Feb. 6, 2018 — against Wayland Union — Boonyasith eclipsed a 42-year-old record set by Dave VanSurksum in 1976 and became Jenison's all-time leading scorer.

A high percentage shooter from all parts of the floor, Boonysaith shot 86 percent from the free throw line and made more than 150 3-pointers.

Boonyasith was an all-state honorable-mention player a year ago.

Earlier this season, the Eagles added Iona Prep forward Josh Alexander, who was named Third Team All-CHSAA and All-Westchester/Putnam Honorable Mention team at the end of the season. Alexander also participated in the highly-acclaimed NYC Mayor's Cup featuring CHSAA all-stars vs. PSAL all-stars.

American is set to return all five starters from last season's squad, including All-PL Second Team member rising junior Sa'eed Nelson and All-PL Rookie Team forward Sam Iorio