Meet the Le Moyne Freshman Basketball Players, taken by Greg Wall

Meet the Le Moyne Freshman Basketball Players

By Pat Coultry ‘18



Freshman guard Sam Saxton was born in York, Pennsylvania and attended Central York High School. As a junior, Sam was named York County player of the year, the same season he scored his 1,000th career varsity point. Sam chose Le Moyne because he desired a Jesuit education and enjoys the community feeling on such a small campus. He is a 6-2 guard, wearing number 21 and weighing 175 lbs, hoping to make an immediate impact. However, after playing against both Syracuse University and the University of Michigan, Sam was notified by doctors and trainers that he would be unable to play this season due to an enlarged heart. Doctors told Sam that he has either Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or Athlete’s Heart. Sam will be sitting this season out so doctors can monitor if his enlarged heart goes down. Sam plans on receiving a medical redshirt this season and looks forward to being able to play next season for Coach Beilein and the Dolphins. He said he looks up to senior forward Connor Mahoney and his goal for this season is to get healthy and make the NCAA Tournament. Sam’s career goal here at Le Moyne is to win an NE-10 Championship.

Freshman guard Eriq Johnson, nicknamed “E,” was born October 18th, 1996 in Windsor, Ontario. Eriq attended Central Catholic High School in Windsor and was basketball MVP both his junior and senior year. He made it to three Provincial Finals appearances, similar to state finals in America, and won one silver medal and two golds. Eriq said he admires senior point guard Qwadere Lovell and says that he sees himself as Lovell’s protege. Eriq expects to fill Lovell’s shoes next year and wants to learn as much from him as he can this season. He chose Le Moyne College because he felt it gave him the best opportunity to succeed, to get a great Jesuit education and to come out of college debt free, something he says you just can’t beat. Eriq’s goal for this season is to make the NCAA Tournament and his career goal is to reach the tournament in each of his four seasons here at Le Moyne, as well as win a national title for the Dolphins. He has personal ambitions to play the game, but also receives added motivation from his mother, who introduced him to the game of basketball. As a child, Eriq’s mother would take him to the outdoor court and beat down on him in one-on-one games. In 2006, Susan Jenkins was diagnosed with skin cancer but was able to beat it. Unfortunately, her cancer returned and on March 3rd, 2007, she passed away at the age of 35. Eriq was only ten years old and the loss of his mother was extremely hard for him. He says that as the years go by it gets easier, but it is still extremely hard for him. Eriq has a large and loving family and his mother’s friends always tell him how proud his mother would be to see the man he has become. Eriq says that he owes his her everything and believes that this is what his mom’s plan was for him since he was a child. He honors his mother with a tattoo on his chest with her name, date of birth and death, as well as praying hands and a quote that reads: “All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Eriq feels that being able to receive a scholarship from Le Moyne to play basketball and receive a great education is the best way to honor his mother and give her thanks for the man she raised him to be.

Freshman forward Brandon Fischer, nicknamed “Fish” or “B,” was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended Shenendehowa High School outside of Albany, New York after moving there. Brandon was named a Suburban Council All Star and his proudest achievement was winning the State Championship his senior year. Fischer chose Le Moyne because he liked the school in general and heard that a Jesuit education can take you in a good direction. A main factor for Brandon was his desire to play basketball here at Le Moyne. His goal for this season is to contribute to the team as much as possible. He knows that he is only a freshman and feels he has a lot to learn. Brandon is just looking forward to his freshman experience and simply likes to win. He says he looks up to seniors Qwadere Lovell and Connor Mahoney a tremendous amount. When speaking of Qwadere and Connor, Brandon said, “They play the game hard with high IQs and the right way. More importantly, they are good guys in general and are great leaders.” During his career, Brandon looks forward to the getting to the point where he can become a regular and big contributor to the team on the court. Fischer also says his career goal is to make the NCAA Tournament every year. Standing at 6-5 and weighing 215 lbs, Brandon’s strength and size will allow him to add an extra body in the lineup, and in the upcoming years. Brandon should be expected to play a big role for Le Moyne down in the post position.