Joynes Joins Rutgers
Byron Joynes came to Rutgers University to see if he was a fit with Gary Waters' and his Scarlet Knight and fit he did as Joynes signed a letter of intent to attend Rutgers. He will be on campus this summer to start his education off and on the court.
The 6'9" 295 pound Joynes started his high school basketball career at Towson Catholic, Maryland, where he played for head coach Mike Daniels. As a sophomore, he averaged 7 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks playing alongside Carmello Anthony. During his junior season playing on a less talented team, Byron saw his numbers rise to 13 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Rutgers followed his progress during his junior year and he was watched into the summer. He switched to fabled Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of the Wilson, Virginia, for his senior season and played for the legendary coach, Steve Smith.
Byron shared the center position this year and played just under 15 minutes per game. He averaged 8 points shooting 57 per cent from the field and 63 percent from the charity stripe. He grabbed 5 rebounds per game and averaged 2 blocks per game.
He is a huge presence in the paint and the reduction of the size of this presence will fall into the hands of Rutgers weight coach, Shawn Windle. Joynes has lost about 25 pounds this year and is down to about 290. According to the folks at Oak Hill, Byron has been given an idea of what to eat and what foods to avoid.
Smith has indicated in the past that Byron looks like a taller version of Mario Boggans. He has good hands and agility for someone his size and moves fairly well. He doesn't elevate very well because of his size but that doesn't seem to impair his ability to control the lane. His court presence and stamina have gotten better with the loss of weight. The general feeling was that with loss of weight this gentle giant should once again soar above the rim.
The folks at Oak Hill indicated that Byron had the needed test scores for freshman eligibility. He was also on track to graduate with his class and be fully eligible for entry into Rutgers early this summer.
Joynes took an unofficial visit to Michigan in the fall but the Wolverines backed off after a verbal from Courtney Sims. Clemson, Maryland, Texas and Tennessee all visited him this fall. The weekend of April 12 Joynes took an official to Iowa State. State has just signed an in state prospect for their center scholarship.
I was told by the folks at the Mouth of the Wilson that, "he's a nice kid, a really big kid, a real gentle giant. We all like him."