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November 14, 2002
New Jersey high school basketball standouts Grant Billmeier and Jamar Nutter have signed letters of intent to attend Seton Hall University in the fall of 2003, it was announced today by Pirates' head coach Louis Orr. Both players made their commitments during the early signing period which began on November 13. "Grant and Jamar both come from excellent high school programs and we're happy to keep them in New Jersey. Having learned from coaches Kevin Boyle and Bob Farrell, they are both well-schooled and well-coached players who know what it takes to win, said Orr, now in his second season with the Pirates.
Billmeier, a 6-11 center from St. Patrick's High School, averaged 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots per game last season. From Pennington, NJ, he attended the Pennington School as a freshman before transferring to St. Patrick's, which has compiled a 40-16 record in the past two years. Billmeier has been invited to the Nike Invitational Camp for the past three years, while he participated in the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival in 2001. "We're extremely pleased to have a person and player such as the quality of Grant Billmeier join our program. Not only does he have good size and talent, but he's got a great work ethic. He brings strong character and leadership qualities to our program. Grant fills our need for more size, and he is physical and tough. The guy's a winner and has a work ethic second to none. Grant is an excellent post defender, passer and rebounder. He can face up and shoot the 3, as well as score from the post. Hes a very skilled big man," said Orr.
Nutter, a 6-2 guard from Seton Hall Prep, averaged 14.2 points and 3.0 assists per game last season for the squad which went 23-4 and captured its third consecutive Iron Division championship of the Iron Hills Conference. He was named to the All-Area First Team and the All-Essex County First Teams last season and was chosen to the All-State Second Team for Juniors. During his career, Nutter has averaged 11.4 points per game and 2.8 assists, while shooting 71 percent from the foul line. Seton Hall Prep won the Parochial A North State title in 2000-01 and won the Parochial A State title in his freshman season. "Jamar is an extremely talented and versatile player. He gives us a versatile guard who can play both positions. Jamar can make plays off the dribble and will give us good size and strength in our backcourt. He's an explosive offensive player," said Orr. Jamar has a huge upside and he is a very good athlete. Hes unselfish and is a team guy. He has a bright future here at Seton Hall. At Seton Hall, Nutter will be reunited with former high school teammate Marcus Toney-El, a Pirate junior forward.
NJHoops.com covered Grant's decision in July. click on the links for the stories. Billmeir bio and photo file
NJHoops.com coverage of Jamar Nutter's decision from early August. Nutter bio and photo file
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