DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s golf coach Jamie Green announced Duke’s 2014 recruiting class featuring Jacob Shuman (Needham, Mass. / Needham), Ben Silverman (Toledo, Ohio / Ottawa Hills) and Adam Wood (Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville) Thursday. The talented three-man class has combined to earn all-state accolades six times, three state individual championships and seven conference titles.
"Ben, Jake, and Adam are each a perfect fit for Duke University and especially for our program,” said Green. “They are diligent and intelligent workers in the classroom and on the course -- with strong-earned gifts in each arena. We've been determined to find guys who aren't afraid to get "dirt under their fingernails" and work tirelessly to excel in our sport. Each of them fit that bill and I'm confident that they all will flourish and grow further with the positive, self-motivated, and mature traits that they each possess. I'm extremely excited to welcome them to our Blue Devil family."
Jacob Shuman – 6-1 – 190 – Needham, Mass. (Needham)
PREP: Four-year letterwinner and four-time team MVP at Needham under coach Adam Cole … won two state individual championships … led Needham to three consecutive Bay State Conference titles … named Boston Globe Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013 … three-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team selection (2010, 2012, 2013) … named the Bay State Conference MVP as a freshman and senior … named the 2013 Massachusetts Golf Associate Junior Player of the Year … posted a 34.8 stroke average while leading the team to a 12-2 record and a Bay State Conference championship as a senior … also claimed individual medalist honors at the Massachusetts state championship in 2013 … recorded a 36. 1 stroke average as a junior … guided Needham to a 12-2 record and the Bay State Conference title … also won the MIAA State Championship … helped the team to a 9-5 record at the Bay State Conference title as a sophomore … competed as an individual in the MIAA State Championship after helping Needham to an 8-6 mark as a freshman.
JUNIOR GOLF: Ranked 94th in the 2014 recruiting class by Golfweek .. captain of Team Massachusetts in 2013, leading the team to a title at the New England Junior Amateur … Co-captain of Team New England in 2013, leading the team to victory against Team USA in the John D. Mineck DNC Cup.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 21, 1995 in Boston, Mass. … son of Ann and Jim Shuman … father, Jim, is a CPO … mother, Ann, is director of meetings and events at ClearEdge Partners … has an sister, Becca, and a twin sister, Molly … four-time honor roll recipient … co-founder of the Key for Hope Club … four-year volunteer as a counselor at the Needham Project Van … played AAU basketball for three years with the Massachusetts Blue Devils … enjoys basketball, ping pong and watching movies … favorite athlete is Tom Brady.
COACH GREEN ABOUT SHUMAN: "Jake has a real knack for scoring. He certainly possesses the competitive fire and physical skills which position him near or atop the leaderboard regularly. But it's his intelligent preparation and post-round analysis that separate him even more from the pack. He's a great match for our program."
Ben Silverman – 6-0 – 165 – Toledo, Ohio (Ottawa Hills)
PREP: Four-year letterwinner and three-time All-Ohio selection under coach Jim McGill … claimed four Toledo Area Athletic Conference championships … named district player of the year as a sophomore, junior and senior … set a Ottawa Hills school record with a 35.47 stroke average as a senior, earning first team all-state accolades … named second team all-state as a junior after posting a 36.72 stroke average … won the conference championship and earned first team all-state honors as a sophomore … had a 36.82 stroke average on the year … was an all-district pick as a freshman after posting a 38.38 stroke average … also a four-year letterwinner in basketball … helped the team to a regional finals appearance (Elite Eight) as a junior.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 25, 1996 in Toledo, Ohio … son of Lisa and Judd Silverman … father, Judd, is a LPGA Tournament Director … he also played collegiate golf at South Florida and caddied on the PGA Tour … mother, Lisa, is the owner of a pizza franchise … older brother, Reed, attends Harvard … academic All-Ohio selection as a senior … two-time honor roll selection … favorite athlete is Luke Donald.
COACH GREEN QUOTE ABOUT SILVERMAN: “Ben has excellent hand-eye coordination. His skills and leadership on the basketball court translate well to his success and ability on the golf course. He knows how to get under par and feels comfortable staying there. He'll be a terrific addition and makes us a deeper team.”
Adam Wood – 5-10 – 165 – Zionsville, Ind. (Zionsville Community)
PREP: Three-year letterwinner for coach Steve Simmons (senior season begins in the spring) … three-time all-state selection … won the 2013 IHSAA state championship with a 68-68=136 (-8) … also set school records as a junior for stroke average (70.8) and birdies (60) … posted a 65 (-5) to match a school record at the Highland Invitational … posted a five-under 67 at the Golf Club of Indiana in sectional play … posted a 72.0 stroke average with 55 birdies as a sophomore … individual runner-up at the 2011 state championship … closed his freshman campaign with a 72.8 stroke average and 52 birdies … helped the team to a fourth-place finish in the 2010 state tournament.
JUNIOR GOLF: Ranked sixth in the 2014 recruiting class by Golfweek … ranked in the top 10 among all 2014 golfers in all three national junior rankings (Golfweek/Sagarin Rating, AJGA Polo Junior Ranking and the National Junior Golf Scoreboard) … Posted seven top 20 finishes in 2013 … shot 69-69-70-65=273 to place second at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions … finished second at the 2013 North & South Amateur Championship with a 69-69-68=206 … finished eighth at the 2013 Junior Players Championship with a 219 (75-71-73) … also finished in the top 20 at the 2013 Polo Golf Junior Classic (t-ninth), 2013 PING Invitational (t-18th), 2013 AJGA Thunderbird International (t-16th) and 2013 HP Boys Championships at Carlton Wood (t-19th) … won the 2012 Western Junior with a 279 (70-67-71-71) … defeated Scottie Scheffler in the match play final to win the Polo Golf Junior Classic in 2012 … reached match-play at the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur … finished in the top 20 at the Junior Orange Bowl (eighth), AJGA PING Invitational (11th), Junior Players Championship (13th), Junior PGA Championship (third), U.S. Junior Amateur (18th), AJGA Memorial Junior (fourth) and Junior Invitational (19th) ... Indiana state junior champion in 2011 … won the 2011 AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open with a 67-68-68=203 … fired a 67-70 to place first at the 2011 Polo Golf Junior Classic … placed second at the 2011 AJGA Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands with a 73-73-69=215 … also finished in the top 20 at the 2011 AJGA Columbus Junior (15th) and the 2011 AJGA Junior at Savannah Quarters (11th) … individual medalist at the 2010 PJGT Tour Championship … runner-up at the 2010 AJGA Junior All-Star at The Rail with a 205 (66-70-69) … shot 77-69-74 at the 2010 AJGA Junior All-Star at Chateau Elan to finish fourth … placed fifth in the 2010 Evitt Foundation Junior All-Star Event with a 70-75-68 … also had top 20 showings at the 2010 AJGA Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational (14th) and 2010 AJGA National Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 23, 1995 in Indianapolis. Ind. … son of Kris and Dan Wood … father, Dan, is a patent attorney and has also been his swing coach … mother, Kris, is an elementary school teacher … has a younger brother, Andrew … received a 4.0 certificate at Zionsville Community as a freshman, sophomore and senior … participant in the star tutor program … hobbies include watching movies, golf and playing basketball … favorite athlete is Phil Mickelson.
COACH GREEN QUOTE ABOUT WOOD: "Adam is the complete package. His biggest strength is that he has no glaring weakness. Already comfortable competing at the highest level in amateur golf, it will be rewarding for Adam, his family, and our team, to see him progress further at the collegiate level. He's been verbally committed to attend Duke since his sophomore year and we're equally eager for him to represent our program. "