A-10, UMass Hoops Summer Prospectus Online
Aug. 24, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. -- It will be an exciting season for Massachusetts as Derek Kellogg enters his second season at the helm of his alma mater. The starting point guard will be a big question mark as UMass graduated its alltime career assist leader in Chris Lowe, along with A-10 Defensive Player of the Year Tony Gaffney and center Luke Bonner.
Kellogg welcomes back high-scoring All-Atlantic selection Ricky Harris and versatile guard Anthony Gurley to go along with a horde of newcomers.
Harris ranked fourth in the Conference in scoring (18.2 ppg.) and third in three-point field goals (87) a year ago, scored in double figures in 28 of the team's 30 games and led the Minutemen in scoring 18 times. Gurley (11.2 ppg.) displayed flashes of brilliance in the opening round of the A-10 Championship with a season-high 22 points in Massachusetts' 91-81 loss to Duquesne. Sophomore David Gibbs (3.5 ppg.) will battle junior Gary Correia (2.2 ppg.) for the starting nod at point guard. Both saw increased playing time late last season with Gibbs starting the final three games.
A pair of transfers who redshirted last season will give the UMass frontcourt some much needed size. Sophomore Sean Carter (3.3 ppg.), who played at Oregon State two years ago, brings a defensive prowess in the low post and is active around the rim. Junior Hashim Bailey (0.4 ppg.), who was part of two NCAA Tournament teams at Memphis, will provide power in the paint with his burly 6-10, 275-pound frame. Also returning up front is 6-9 sophomore Tyrell Lynch (3.7 ppg.) and sophomore Matt Hill, who missed most of last season with his second torn Achilles injury.
UMass will have seven new players in uniform
for the 2009-10 season, including a five-player
freshmen class considered one of the most
talented in the nation. Headlining the group is 6-7
swingman Terrell Vinson (23.0 ppg.) of Baltimore,
Md. Vinson was rated the 46th-best senior by
ESPN.com and 90th by Rivals.com. Joining Vinson
is dynamic scoring guard Freddie Riley (22.8 ppg.),
swingman Javorn Farrell (12.0 ppg.) and forwards
Sampson Carter (17.0 ppg.) amd Raphiael Putney
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