GW Men's Water Polo Announces 2014 Freshman Class
Six Freshmen Will Join 12 Returning Letterwinners in the Fall
July 30, 2014
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's water polo head coach Scott Reed has announced that six student-athletes will join the Colonials for the 2014 season.
The six newcomers are Duke Becker (La Jolla, Calif.), Joe Behun (Carlsbad, Calif.), Noah McKinnie Braun (San Diego, Calif.), Pierce Deamer (South Pasadena, Calif.), Ryan Michalko (Danville, Calif.) and Quentin Montgomery (New York, N.Y.).
"This is perhaps one of the most talented freshman classes we have ever had," said Coach Reed. "This class has size, determination and a high water polo IQ. Our depth will be one of our strong points this year with the addition of this class."
An attacker from La Jolla, California, Duke Becker earned All-America honorable mention, as well as All-CIF second team and San Diego Union Tribune All-Western League second team honors as a senior. A member of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section Senior All-Star Team and his team's Offensive Player of the Year, Becker led La Jolla High School to three straight appearances in the CIF San Diego Section Division III semifinals. Becker, who trained in Budapest and Eger, Hungary, in 2013, is a four-time San Diego Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete and three-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American.
"A good, solid player who has a good water polo IQ, Duke will be a valuable player for us right from the get-go," said Coach Reed.
Joe Behun, a center defender from Carlsbad, California, helped lead his Carlsbad High School team to the CIF title in 2010 and 2013.
"Joe is a good center defender who moves without the ball well," said Coach Reed. "He will be a good complement to All-American Bogdan Petkovic."
Noah McKinnie Braun is an attacker from San Diego, California, who was named Player of the Year in his league by the San Diego Union Tribune in 2013, when he also earned All-San Diego second team accolades and was named a Senior All-Star as well as team MVP at Scripps Ranch High School. Braun led the Falcons to the CIF Division II title and four straight Eastern League championships.
"Noah is an explosive attacker who will also be able to help the team in post-up situations," said Coach Reed.
A utility player from South Pasadena, California, Pierce Deamer was a 2013 All-American and All-Southern California selection. A two-time All-CIF Division III first team honoree, Deamer also earned Pasadena Star first team accolades as a senior, when he led South Pasadena High School team to a second-place finish in the Rio Hondo League and to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs. Deamer was also MVP of the 2012 U.S. Club Championships with his Rose Bowl Water Polo Club, as well as a 2012 Junior Olympics All-Tournament Team selection.
"Pierce is perhaps one of the most complete players I have ever seen," said Coach Reed. "He makes the passes, can shoot and can play defense."
Ryan Michalko, a utility player from Danville, California, is a three-time San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team selection and a USA Water Polo Academic All-American. Michalko led The Bishop's School to three straight CIF San Diego Section finals appearances from 2010-12 and was also a member of the Pacific Southwest Olympic Development Team.
"Ryan is a big, strong player who can play both center defense and center, which makes him a really strong utility player," said Coach Reed.
Quentin Montgomery is a 6-foot-4 center from New York City who led his Horace Mann High School team in scoring and ejections drawn three years in a row. Montgomery competed in the 2013 Junior Olympics with his Greenwich Water Polo Club team and also played two years for the New York Athletic Club, the top-ranked men's club team in the nation.
"Quentin possesses great size and speed at the center position," said Coach Reed. "He is an extremely intelligent player who should be able to complement our current centers."