UMass Announces Three Additions For Upcoming Season
June 6, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts men's basketball program has added three student-athletes to its roster as announced by head coach Derek Kellogg Wednesday.
Guards Derrick Gordon (Plainfield, N.J./Western Ky. Univ.) and Curtis 'Trey' Davis (Dallas, Texas/Vermont Academy), along with center Isaac Freeman (Manassas, Va./South Kent (Ct.) Prep) will join the Minutemen this fall. All three have enrolled in the second session of summer school, which began on Tuesday.
"We filled a lot of needs, added some size in the frontcourt with good length and athleticism," Kellogg said. "And we brought in good backcourt depth which will allow us to keep things at the current level and improve for the future. These are guys that have shown they are good people, strong students and very good additions to the UMass family."
Gordon is transferring from Western Kentucky where he was a third-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection as he led the Hilltoppers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He paced the squad in scoring (11.8), rebounds (6.7) and minutes played (33.3), while ranking second in assists (2.1), becoming the first true freshman in school history to lead the team in scoring.
The 6-2, 185-pound guard from Plainfield, N.J. will be required to sit out the 2012-13 season under NCAA Transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013-14. He was a four-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of high school.
"We're excited to welcome him to the UMass program," Kellogg said. "I really enjoyed watching him in high school and he is a player that has competed at a high level, brings a winning attitude and toughness, and is versatile enough to play multiple positions. He will definitely be a valuable asset to the program."
Davis is a 6-0 guard from Dallas, Texas, who spent last season at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vt. As a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas two seasons ago, he posted 25.6 points, 7.6 assists and 1.8 steals for coach Pat Washington.
"I am excited to work with him," Kellogg said. "He brings a natural scoring ability at the guard spot with some nice athleticism. He can push Chaz and the other guards on a daily basis. He has a good attitude and has a chance to be a very good player at UMass while providing us some depth on the perimeter."
Freeman is a 7-0, 215-pound center who comes to UMass from Manassas, Va. via South Kent (Conn.) Prep. He averaged 14.9 points, 14.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocks per game last season. He earned district player of the year honors as a senior at Osbourn Park HS in 2010-11 while posting similar numbers of 14.5 points, 14.5 boards and 7.5 blocks as he helped the Yellow Jackets reach the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
Previous 7-footers to play for UMass include Luke Bonner (2006-09), Jeff Meyer (1991, 93-95) and reserve big man Andrew McCarthy. Freeman joins current Minutemen Maxie Esho, Javorn Farrell, Raphiael Putney and Terrell Vinson as Baltimore-Washington D.C.-Northern Va. beltway natives on the roster.
"I think he can help solidify the inside with his presence. He is still a little raw and has some work to do but he has a great attitude and works hard every day," Kellogg said. "I am looking forward to him working with our strength and conditioning coach and improving while watching him grow as a player and person."
The trio joins Tyler Bergantino, a 6-9 center from Springhill, Fla., who signed with the Minutemen in November. Bergantino recently completed his senior year at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville, Fla. He tallied 17.2 points, 13.5 rebounds and 5.7 blocks per contest for Sharks, while leading the team to a 29-2 record and the Class 5A State Semifinals.
UMass returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last season's squad that went 25-12 and advanced to the NIT Final Four.