Yohanny Dalembert '13 will announce his college decision on Monday, May 20 at a press conference scheduled for 2:30 PM at Lower Merion High School.
Dalembert, a 6'8, 225-pound senior forward, helped lead the Aces to the 2013 Pennsylvania State Championship and two consecutive, undefeated Central League title campaigns. He averaged 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks this season. He was at his best against the Aces’ toughest opponents, averaging 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4.9 blocks during the playoffs. As a senior, he earned second team All-State and All-Southeastern PA honors and was a first-team All-Central League and first-team All-Main Line selection.
Dalembert’s journey to a Division 1 scholarship has been one of unique courage, commitment and character. Originally from Haiti, he arrived in Lower Merion weeks after that country’s devastating 2010 earthquake, still reeling from a tragedy that deeply impacted his family. Yohanny and his older sister, Severine (now at Temple University), moved to the area with assistance from older brother and NBA player Sam Dalembert, then a Philadelphia 76er. At the time, Yohanny spoke basic English and had never played basketball. Three years later, he is set to complete his career at Lower Merion as an honors student and one of the top basketball prospects in the Philadelphia area.
“This has to rank among the proudest moments for our basketball family. We are so happy for Yohanny and in awe of what he has accomplished on and off the court in three short years,” said Aces head coach Gregg Downer. “Yohanny has worked incredibly hard for this moment and it’s scary to think how good he will be when this is all said and done. His upside is off the charts.”
Dalembert’s Division 1 recruiting first picked up steam following an impressive playoff run junior year. He entered the LM starting line-up for the first time in the 2012 state playoffs and opened eyes with a then career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds against highly-ranked Roman Catholic in the PIAA Sweet 16.
This winter, he was a consistent, dominant force for the Aces. He earned game MVP honors at the Cancer Research Classic (WV) national showcase with a 15-point, 12-rebound, 7-block effort in a win against St. Raymond’s (NY) and tournament MVP honors at the Kobe Bryant Classic, with a combined 29 points, 29 rebounds and 12 blocks in two wins against USA #14 St. Frances (MD) and Philadelphia #3 St. Joe’s Prep. On February 4 -- a night of cosmic coincidence for the Dalembert family -- Yohanny set career highs of 28 points and 18 rebounds in a win against Radnor while older brother Sam had a career-high 35 points and 12 boards for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Dalembert emerged as a vocal leader for this year's Aces team and is a well-liked and highly-respected teammate. He was the anchor of a stifling Lower Merion defense and his ability to block shots while staying out of foul trouble was key in the Aces' run to the state title. On the offensive end, Dalembert has an array of moves near the basket and has extended his shooting range to the three-point line. An excellent, physical rebounder, he has a strong nose for the basketball.
On Monday, Dalembert will choose among scholarship offers from a wide range of Division 1 schools. Fans and friends are welcome to attend the press conference, which will be held the Bryant Gymnasium.