LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell men's water polo head coach John McBride has announced a seven-player recruiting class on Wednesday that will join the Bison starting in the 2017 season.
“We are bringing in a talented class that includes players from some of the hotbeds of water polo,” commented McBride. “We have had plenty of recent success, but these players will help us continue to remain in contention for a MAWPC Championship title and additional berths in the NCAA Championship.”
The orange and blue is coming off a fantastic season, as Bucknell finished 23-5 overall, winning the MAWPC title and clinching an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1985. The Bison were ranked 12th nationally in the final poll.
Bucknell Men's Water Polo Recruiting Class
Matt Blackwell (Davis, Calif./Davis)
Caio Jordao (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Preparatory)
Scott Little (Atherton, Calif./Menlo School)
Oliver McClymonds (Carlsbad, Calif./Pacific Ridge)
T.J. Morton (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar)
Kyle Poland (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick)
Jared Stanley (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto)
Matt Blackwell (Davis, Calif./Davis) – Matthew David Blackwell … born March 31, 1998 in Sacramento, California … son of David and Jolanda Blackwell … father, David, played football at Cal State Hayward … mother, Jolanda, played volleyball at Cal State Hayward … lettered in water polo and swimming at Davis Senior High School… two-time Delta All-League selection … earned two CIF Sac-Joaquin Section honorable mention citations … three-year CIF Sac-Joaquin Section water polo runner-up finisher … two-time USA Water Polo Outstanding Academic All-American … USA Water Polo ODP Nick Johnston Inspiration Award recipient … played with the Davis Water Polo Club … competed at the USA Water Olympics, Junior Olympics and USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program … has three sisters, Lauren, Haley and Emily.
Kyle Poland (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick) – Kyle Nicholas Poland … born July 16, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois … son of Joseph and Anne Poland … mother, Anna, played basketball at DePaul … lettered in swimming and water polo at Fenwick High School … two-year swimming and water polo team captain … named Fenwick High School's Swimmer of the Year as a senior … state qualifier in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays … played club with Windy City, helping squad take second in the American Water Polo Illinois High School Summer Championships … also played for Lindberge, helping the squad win the ODP Midwest Tournament … has one sibling, Lauren, who rows at Virginia.
Jared Stanley (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) – Jared Hayes Stanley … son of Grant and Lisa Stanley … born in New Orleans, Louisiana … father, Grant, played water polo at Stanford … three-year water polo and two-year swimming letterwinner at Palo Alto High School … helped team to a league title as a sophomore … water polo team captain his senior season … earned field and offensive MVP honors, tallying 64 goals, 22 ejections drawn, 14 steals and eight field blocks as a senior … played with Stanford Club Water Polo … two uncles, Richard Stanley and Andrew Larson, played water polo at Stanford … has two siblings, Talia and Ryan Stanley.
Oliver McClymonds (Carlsbad, Calif./Pacific Ridge) – Oliver Casey McClymonds … born May 18, 1999 in Carlsbad, California … son of Bill and Nicole McClymonds … father, Bill, played water polo at Cal State Fullerton … three-year water polo letterwinner at Pacific Ridge High School … also lettered in soccer … three-year water polo team captain … named team MVP three straight years … helped squad reach CIF playoffs in only its second year of existence … finished career with school records in goals, assists, steals and ejections drawn … four-year All-Palomar League selection … four-time USA Water Polo Outstanding Academic All-American … three-time San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team selection … played with Carlsbad Water Polo Club, helping squad to consecutive top-20 finishes at the Junior Olympics … has one brother, Nathan.
Caio Jordao (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Preparatory) – Caio Arai Jordao … born Jan. 27, 1998 in Fortaleza, Brazil … son of Carlos and Leticia Jordan … lettered in water polo at Gulliver Preparatory School … two-year team captain … all-state honoree … helped team to four straight district championships … led team to a state title as a freshman and a regional title as a freshman and senior … recorded over 90 goals … played at the Junior Olympics with the Riptides Water Polo Club and the South Florida Water Polo Club … also competed with the ODP Southeast Zone Team.
Scott Little (Atherton, Calif./Menlo School) – Scott Moffat Little … born Oct. 18, 1998 in Atherton, California … son of Gary and Leslie Little … four-year varsity swimmer and two-year varsity water polo letterwinner at the Menlo School … water polo team captain as a senior … team was a three-time CCS finalist … two-time league champion … helped squad earn first place at the St. Francis Invitational, the Roche Tournament and the PAL Tournament … four-year all-league swimmer … league champion in the 50 free and 100 free … four-year CCS qualifier … has two sisters, Christine and Allison … cousin, Keith Moffat, is on the U.S. Ski Team … cousin, Corey Moffat, plays soccer at Middlebury.
T.J. Morton (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) – Timothy James Morton … born Nov. 5, 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia … son of Jim and Debra Morton … lettered in water polo and swimming at Corona Del Mar High School … all-league honoree … helped team to a league championship and a spot in the CIF Quarterfinals.