July 17, 2013
As a highly touted high school player in the Baltimore area, Lavon Long had a number of options in choosing where he would play after graduation. Originally recruited by Siena, Long had also received interest and scholarship offers from well over 20 schools. Loyola, Dayton, Fairfield, Kennesaw St., Rider, Robert Morris, and VCU all were in play but for Long, a 6-6 234 lb. guard/forward, he felt most comfortable choosing Loyola where he would play for Jimmy Patsos who recognized the versatility in his game.
"Lavon has a sneaky game," Patsos said. "He can really handle the ball well. We expect him to rebound and lead the break. I love left handers, because they're a different matchup. If I had to compare him to someone, it would be (Metta World Peace). He's really a guard, but he can play forward because of his size. He has a really well-rounded game."
Long, who averaged 15 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 3 assists and 2.5 steals as a senior at Oakland Mills was again left to make a choice upon learning the news of Patsos' move to Siena.