St. Francis College Brooklyn men’s basketball Head Coach Glenn Braica announced the additions of David Muenkat, Elijah Hardison, Vuk Stevanic, and Rheaquone Taylor. All four student-athletes are set to join the Terriers’ men’s basketball program for the 2020-21 season.
“We would like to welcome these four exceptional student-athletes to our program. David, Vuk, and Rheaquone are all older players with experience, which will help replace the majority of our frontcourt that we lost to graduation this past season. Elijah comes from a great program at Xaverian High School, and I believe he has tremendous upside. We look forward to them all being integral parts of our team,” said Coach Braica as he discussed the four new additions to the 2020-21 roster.
David Muenkat | Forward | Brampton, Ontario
Muenkat is a 6-foot-6, forward from Brampton, Ontario. He comes to St. Francis after spending the first two years of his collegiate career at Trinidad State Junior College, where he was a member of the Trojans’ men’s basketball team. Over two seasons at Trinidad State, he appeared in 58 games and made 46 starts. The forward averaged 10.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting an efficient 55.3 percent from the field through his two seasons as a Trojan.
“David’s a very athletic player, he’s a slasher, who has increased his range. He has the ability to score the ball facing up or with his back to the basket and has developed his three-point shot as well. He’s a tremendous rebounder and a good finisher,” said Coach Braica.
As a sophomore in 2019-20, he recorded 10.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. He shot 55.9 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from three-point range, and 74.2 percent from the free-throw line in 28 games (27 starts). Muenkat scored in double figures 16 times this past season and registered a season-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field in a win over Northwest Kansas Technical College on January 11. Additionally, he recorded three double-doubles and pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds on December 1, in a victory at Laramie County Community College.
Before attending Trinidad State, Muenkat went to The Rise Center and played on the varsity boys’ basketball team. He recorded 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a member of The Rise Center boys’ basketball team. He is the son of Tathy and Mireille, and has two siblings, Glenn and Sonya. The Brampton, Ontario native, intends to major in Communications at St. Francis. Muenkat played AAU ball for CIA Bounce.
Elijah Hardison | Forward | Brooklyn, NY
Hardison is a 6-foot-7, forward from Brooklyn, NY, and attended Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge. He was a member of the Clippers’ varsity boys’ basketball team and averaged 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game. Hardison earned the Clipper Award and Second Team honors during his time at Xaverian.
“Elijah is an athletic big with excellent upside for a freshman. He is another strong rebounder who gives us some rim protection and is more skilled than he has shown to this point,” noted Coach Braica.
He is the son of Renay and James and has four siblings, Jesse, Matthew, James, and Latoya. His brother, Matthew, played football at Delaware and spent time with the New York Jets in the NFL. His cousin, Josh Howard was a member of the men’s basketball team at Wake Forest, where he had his number retired. Howard was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks and played 10 seasons in the league.
Hardison chose to attend St. Francis because of the College’s high-level athletics, the opportunity to major in Psychology, and to stay close to home as he is already a native of Brooklyn.
Vuk Stevanic | Forward | Jagodina, Serbia
Stevanic is a 6-foot-8, forward from Jagodina, Serbia, and joins St. Francis after spending the past two seasons at Nationally ranked Highland Community College. Through two seasons at Highland, he appeared in 61 games and made 49 starts. For his career on the Junior College level, he recorded 7.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.
“Vuk is a skilled big guy. We’re looking forward to him helping in the frontcourt as he’s physical, plays very hard, and has a great motor. He can pick and pop and shoot the three, or he could score with his back to the basket. Additionally, he has a high basketball IQ and is a tremendous passer,” said Coach Braica.
He wrapped up a strong sophomore season in 2019-20, where he tallied 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. The forward shot 58.7 percent from the field, 32.3 percent from behind the arc, and 71.9 percent from the free-throw line. Stevanic helped Highland to a stellar 27-7 overall record and an appearance in the District 4 Championship. He led his team in field goal percentage and was third on his team in both rebounds and assists per game. Stevanic scored in double-digits 11 times and poured in a season-high 18 points in a victory over Richard J. Daley on December 5.
He is the son of Nevena and Ivica. His father, Ivica, played professional basketball in Serbia and Yugoslavia from 1989-1995. Stevanic chose St. Francis because he intends to major in Business and noted the College’s great location in a big city that is full of opportunities upon graduation.
Rheaquone Taylor | Forward | Jamaica, NY
Taylor is a 6-foot-7, forward from Jamaica, NY, and joins the Terriers’ men’s basketball program after spending two seasons at National power Hutchinson Community College. In two seasons at Hutchinson, Taylor played in 69 games and made 48 starts. He registered 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game over his two-year Junior College career.
“Rheaquone is an experienced all-around player who can score the ball in the key area. He has a solid mid-range game and is a strong rebounder. He is a tough matchup from the perimeter as he is too strong for smaller guys to guard and too quick and athletic for bigger players to size-up with. He has a chance to score in different ways and is an excellent finisher,” noted Coach Braica.
As a sophomore in 2018-19, he played in 33 games and made 28 starts. The forward averaged 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game for the Blue Dragons. Taylor helped lead Hutchinson to a 26-8 record and advanced to the finals of the Region VI Tournament. He shot a highly efficient 51.0 percent from the field and 70.6 percent from the free-throw line. He scored in double figures 20 times and poured in a season-high 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field in a win over Labette Community College on November 17, 2018.
Before his collegiate career began, the Jamaica, NY native, attended Our Saviour Lutheran in the Bronx where he had stellar High School career.
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