A wide body that can bang with anyone in the league ? saw limited playing time last season in his first year at UMass ? a good rebounder who will provide depth up front ... strongest player on the squad with a bench press of 340 pounds ... Anthony Marcell Oates? born March 17, 1978 in Phoenix, Ariz. ? son of Margaret Marie McKinney ? Sociology major.
AS A JUNIOR IN 1998-99: Played in 12 games on the season, averaging 0.2 points and 0.6 rebounds in 4.0 minutes of action ... played a career-high 16 minutes at the College of Charleston ... scored two points against Boston College, while playing eight minutes ... pulled down two rebounds at St. Joseph?s in six minutes of action ... posted his first career start as a Minuteman at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two years at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz. ? earned second team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference honors as a sophomore, averaging 15.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per contest ? averaged 13.1 points and 9.2 rebounds as a freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years for Pat Derksen at Amphitheater High School in Tucson, Ariz. ? averaged 15.1 points and 11.7 rebounds as a senior ? named All-City and honorable mention All-State ? team captain during his junior and senior seasons ? played in the Arizona Class 5A All-Star game.
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