Men's Basketball Adds Two More for 2012-13

Austin Eckert of ACCHS and Lincoln (Neb.) High's John Harris sign with Ravens

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Benedictine College head men’s basketball coach Ryan Moody has announced the signing of two more new players to his 2012-13 roster.  

John Harris (pictured at right), a 6'2 wing and Austin Eckert (in headline photo) a 6'3 wing have each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Benedictine College beginning next school year.

“We are excited about the addition of John and Austin to our program," said Coach Moody. "They are excellent young men both on and off the court who come from great families and winning high school programs. They will add character, leadership and talent to our program.”

Harris averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds per game for Lincoln High School located in Lincoln, Neb. He had 53 assists, 47 steals, 19 blocks and shot 50.2 percent from the field in 2011-12. He was named First Team All-City (Lincoln) and First Team All-Heartland Athletic Conference his junior and senior year. Harris was also a Second-Team Nebraska Class A All-State selection this season.

“John brings speed, athleticism and the ability to attack in transition and slash to the basket," said. Coach Moody. "John also brings toughness as a defender and will be able to guard multiple positions."

Eckert averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game for Atchison County Community High School (ACCHS) in Effingham. He helped ACCHS finish 21-1 in 2011-12 and 23-2 his junior year. He leaves ACCHS as the all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,398 points and owns the record for single season free throw percentage, shooting 88 percent.  Eckert is a three-time Delaware Valley All-League selection, three-time Atchison Globe Player of the Year, two-time St Joseph News Press First-Team selection and two-time Kansas 3A First Team All-State selection. Eckert also led the ACCHS football team as quarterback to a 9-2 record and was named Kansas 3A All-State Honorable Mention in football.

“Austin is one the most talented and prolific scorers our area has seen in years," said Coach Moody. "Austin can stretch the defense with great range beyond the three-point line and has the ability to score in multiple ways. He also has great court vision and can distribute the ball.”

Harris and Eckert join Connor Flemming and Jake Schannuth as the newest members of the Raven men's basketball program under Coach Moody.