Eleven SPIRE Men's Basketball Academy Athletes sign Division I letters of intent.

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GENEVA, Ohio- April 13, 2016- SPIRE Institute’s Men’s Basketball Academy announced the signing of 19 of their Basketball Academy Athletes to college letters of intent, 11 of which were with Division I Colleges. SPIRE Institute is one of the world’s largest Olympic-grade multi-sport training, event, and academic complexes. Located at SPIRE Institute, a United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, SPIRE Academy is an international high school and postgraduate academy focused on developing and preparing student-athletes to be successful in college. Placing emphasis on academic, athletic, leadership, and character development, SPIRE Academy is the ultimate environment for cultivating strong minds, strong bodies, and strong character to help student-athletes reach their maximum potential.

"I am extremely proud of these young men, the goals they have achieved, and the positive position they have put themselves in, through their hard work and attention to their game.  From the first day they arrive at SPIRE Academy, we tell our athletes that if they buy into the SPIRE program, and utilize all the resources that we have at SPIRE, they will be afforded opportunities that they could only dream of.  These young men bought into the program and their results speak for themselves," stated Academy Director and Head Coach Bobby Bossman.

SPIRE Institute congratulates the following student-athletes who have trained and attended SPIRE Institute’s Basketball Academy this past year. Having now placed over 100 student-athletes into NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA programs over the past four seasons, and with over 150 College Coaches coming on campus to recruit student-athletes during the 2015-16 season, SPIRE Institute is clearly a leader in providing college exposure for student-athletes.

Our class of 2016 includes 11 NCAA Division I signees, as well as many other Division II and Division III commits.  Their hard work and dedication coupled with the resources of SPIRE Institute allowed these young men to reach their dream of playing college basketball at the highest level.

     Class of 2016




College Commitment or Final Choices

Stefan Duric

Burlington, Ontario

University of Buffalo

Jordan Blount

Cork, Ireland

University of Illinois- Chicago

Marco Cuze

Zagreb, Croatia

Seattle University

Marcus Ottey

Toronto, Ontario

University of Illinois- Chicago

Tyrell Gumbs-Frater

Toronto, Ontario

Canisius, Niagara, Eastern Kentucky, 

Western Kentucky, St. Bonaventure

Aidas Kavaliauskaus

Vilnius, Lithuania

Fairfield University

Nick Kornieck

Las Vegas, NV

University of South Carolina-Upstate

John Kirincic

Cleveland Heights, OH

Eastern Carolina University

Marcell Haskett

Newport News, VA

Bethune Cookman and Grambling

Ted Kapita

Kinshasa, Congo

Southern Methodist University

Yalim Olcay

Izmir, Turkey

Western Carolina

Ziga Zatevic

Ljubljana, Slovenia


Gabriel Llanso

Barcelona, Spain

University of New England

Mathias Kelly

Copenhagen, Denmark

Lemoyne, Northwood

Chad Abbadessa

San Jose, CA

Aurora, Concordia

John Helmerich

Ft. Myers, FL

West Virginia State University,

 Alderson Broaddus, University of Tampa

Josh Gonzalez

Joe Griffin


Albany, NY

Ft. Myers, FL


Cazenovia College

Heidelberg University



SPIRE Institute, in Geneva, Ohio, integrates sports and education, training and wellness, with a focus on the development of the whole self.  It features 750,000 sq. ft. of Olympic grade facilities under roof, acres of outdoor fields and a multi-sport stadium complex. SPIRE and its nationally renowned coaches offer residential high school and post grad academy programs, summer camps, and weekend training sessions in soccer, track & fieldswimming and basketball.  All athletes train alongside collegians, professionals, wounded warriors, Olympians, Paralympians and Masters level athletes. SPIRE features athletic development programs with SPIRE Performance, mental skills training, nutrition and wellness programs, and a variety of customized high school and collegiate academic options. SPIRE can simultaneously host clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events, in multiple sports, no matter the weather or the season. 

SPIRE Institute is the world’s premier destination for high school and postgraduates seeking to optimize athletic, academic and leadership abilities. SPIRE’s unique program delivers customized training, competition, and athletic development with SPIRE Performance. In addition, the integration of mental conditioning, nutritional guidance, character building and a variety of other educational options enhances the opportunity for athletes to reach their full potential.

SPIRE Academy’s Basketball Staff brings over 80 years of combined playing and coaching experience at the professional, collegiate, and high school level. While many of SPIRE Academy staff’s former players have gone on to play professionally in the NBA and overseas, the most prestigious aspect of the SPIRE Basketball Program is the staff’s successful placement of hundreds of athletes into collegiate programs.

The Academy offers residential semesters, weekend training sessions, as well as a full schedule of summer camps; and features the most diverse and inclusive collection of athletes assembled on one campus.

Contact: Bobby Bossman at bbossman@spireinstitute.org or admissions@spireinstitute.org

440-466-1002 ‪@BobbyBossman ‪@SPIREmbbAcademy