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Thursday, August 19, 2010

SCSU lands five recruits for men's hoops

Southern Connecticut basketball coach Michael Donnelly has announced the addition of five newcomers for the upcoming season.

The class consists of Trevon Hamlet (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Greg Langston (Stratford), Chazz McCarter (New Haven), Nyheem Sanders (Pawtucket, R.I.) and John Scurry (Albany, N.Y.).

Hamlet, a 6-foot-6 forward and transfer from nearby Post University, made an immediate impact in his first season with the Eagles last winter. The incoming sophomore averaged 18.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game en route to All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference laurels. Hamlet played scholastically at Bishop Loughlin High School. Donnelly coached at Post last season.

Langston joins the Owls after a decorated scholastic career at St. Joseph’s, where he collected First-Team All-State honors as a senior. The 6-foot-2 guard/forward averaged 19 points, six rebounds and five assists per game in his final season, a squad in which his team posted a 23-4 mark. Langston scored 1,332 points in his scholastic career. Donnelly played for coach Vito Montelli in high school. Donnelly still ranks as one of the toughest, most competitive players I've seen on a high school basketball court.

New Haven native McCarter is coming off a stellar stint at Gateway Community College, where he was a First-Team Junior College All-American. The Hillhouse graduate, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 22 points, 9.5 rebounds and five assists per contest last year. He also connected on 80 three-point field goals.

Nice to see talented New Haven players stay close to home.

Sanders also averaged double figures last season as a freshman at Post University, but now brings his talents to SCSU. The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard averaged 11.2 points, four rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest in 2009-10. He played scholastically at St. Andrew’s School.

Scurry, a freshman in 2010-11, should provide a presence down on the blocks. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged a double-double as a senior – 16 points and 10 rebounds – at Bishop Maginn High School.

The Owls open the 2010-11 season on Nov. 13 against Chestnut Hill.

Interesting that Donnelly has recruited four kids who played at private Catholic schools, just as he did.



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