KELLOGG ON PUTNEY: "Raphiael Putney is exactly the type of player we are looking to recruit at UMass. He is a long athletic 6-9 player. He is a very versatile player who can play multiple positions. Not only is he a great basketball player, he is an outstanding individual on and off the court. Overall, I'm just very excited about him coming to UMass. From the minute I saw him at the Reebok camp and then watching him all summer, I just think he is a player with a world of talent. He has a great demeanor on the court and I am anticipating he will be great in our dribble-drive offense. More importantly, he has the length and size and athleticism to be a great perimeter and post-up defender."
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2011-12: Did not dress due to injury vs. Northeastern (11/14). Made his first career start, scored two points in the first half before leaving game with injury vs. Elon (11/11).
2010-11 (R-Fr.): Game-By-Game Statistics Played in 19 games during the season, 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.7 minutes. Over final seven games, averaged 8.3 points and 4.9 rebounds. Made a 3-pointer in seven of the final nine games of the season. Finished season with six points and team-best six rebounds vs. Dayton (3/8) in A-10 Tournament. Led team in scoring for the first time at La Salle (2/27) with nine points, along with five rebounds. Tallied nine points and grabbed five rebounds in win over Saint Joseph's (2/23). Second game in a row in double-figures, third overall, with 11 points at Rhode Island (2/19), along with five reb. Second game in double-figures with 10 points, along with career-high tying nine rebounds vs. Duquesne (2/16). Made second straight 3-pointer against George Washington (2/13) after making just 2-of-25 to start year. Grabbed career-best nine rebounds to go along with six points in 16 minutes at Saint Louis (2/2). Corralled five rebounds at Charlotte (1/19). Continued to make strides with eight points in 13 minutes as part of win over La Salle (1/15). Career-game with 14 points and six rebounds at Central Connecticut (1/3) in 23 minutes. Best game of young career vs. #24 UCF (12/22) in 17 minutes, posted eight points and five rebounds. Had five points including first-career 3-pointer vs. Seton Hall (12/11). Set the key screen which led to the game-winning basket by Anthony Gurley (on a goal-tend) as time expired at Quinnipiac (12/1). College debut vs. Rider (11/12) and three points and two rebounds.
2009-10 (Fr.): Redshirted.
Before UMass: Played for the Vikings at Woodbridge Senior High School, in Virginia for coach Chad Anderson. He was on the varsity squad since sophomore year. He averaged 9.0 points per game as junior... He has participated with the DC Triple Threat under coach Keith Stevens...Played at the Reebok All-American camp Selected to play in the event's All-Star Game with the best players there, in Philadelphia.
Personal: Raphiael Rashad Putney... Born April 21, 1990 in Fairmont, WV., and is the son of Richard and Latisha Putney... He has a brother Ravel... Planning to major in business marketing.
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS: Points: 22, Saint Louis -- 01/28/12 Rebounds: 16, at Mississippi State -- 03/13/12 Assists: 3, 4 times Steals: 6, at Rhode Island -- 02/01/12 Blocks: 4, St. Bonaventure -- 02/08/12 ; Xavier -- 02/21/12 FG made: 9, Saint Louis -- 01/28/12 FG attempts: 19, at Miami (Ohio) -- 01/02/13 ; at Miami -- 01/02/13 3FG made: 4, 4 times 3FG attempts: 10, at Miami (Ohio) -- 01/02/13 ; at Miami -- 01/02/13 FT made: 6, at Central Connecticut -- 1/3/2011 FT attempts: 7, at Central Connecticut -- 1/3/2011
A FEW MINUTES WITH RAPHIAEL: My ideal day: Working out and chilling with my teammates If I could be any animal I would be: A lion Why UMass?: Great coaching staff and teammates I am most proud of the grade I got in: AfroAm I hope to do this before graduation: Make it to the NCAA tournament Best pregame meal: Longhorn Steakhouse Player you model your game after: Tyshawn Prince and Kevin Durant Why do you wear your jersey number?: My father's high school number Three words I would use to describe myself as a basketball player: Long, slim, athletic What advice would you give to the freshmen?: Work hard in the off-season Can't go on a road trip without: iPod and cellphone What is your first basketball memory: Dunking on someone When I was five, I thought I would be: A lawyer What has been the most challenging thing about college so far?: Keeping weight on during the season My teammates would describe me as: Skinny/goofy My first thought when I went to college: I'm leaving my family TV show I want to be on: The Game Who first taught you how to shoot a basketball?: My coach What is your favorite food from the DC?: Sushi Favorite sport other than basketball: Track and Field Favorite movie from the past year: Hangover Where I would spend $1,000 first: Clothing store What does basketball mean to you?: It's my dream and I want it to be my job Favorite part of practice and game day: Meals and warm up line Weird fact not many know about me: I'm 6'10" with a shoe size of 11.5