UMass Men's Basketball Officially Adds Bailey, Wiggins, Wilcher To Roster
Sept. 4, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - With classes underway at UMass, Derek Kellogg has set his roster as he begins his first season as the head coach at his alma mater. Kellogg has announced the addition of transfers Hashim Bailey, a 6-10 forward/center, from the University of Memphis and Doug Wiggins, a 6-2 guard from the University of Connecticut. Both players came to UMass with two years of eligibility remaining. Also joining the roster officially is forward Travon Wilcher, a 6-7 Springfield native, who sat out last year to meet academic requirements. Wilcher will be eligible to play this season while Bailey and Wiggins will sit out as redshirt transfers per the NCAA. The Minutemen have started individual workout sessions and will hold an outside workout on Friday at 1 p.m. The sessions will take place at "The Horseshoe" under the Southwest Towers and are open to the public.
Here are profiles of the newcomers to the Maroon & White.
#35 Hashim Bailey
Kellogg on Bailey: "Big City comes to UMass after playing on the high level of basketball at Memphis. He knows what it takes to compete at that level. He can be a big and physical force for us and sitting out this season will give him a chance to get ready to play two years at UMass and be a monster. This season, he will be an important part of the team going up against our starters and showing them what it takes to play at that highest level."
As a sophomore in 2007-08 (at Memphis): Played as a back-up bigman for the 2008 NCAA Finalists ... Saw action in five games ... Made his only shot of the season scoring five total points ... Also grabbed one rebound playing 11 total minutes.
As a freshman in 2006-07 (at Memphis): Had played in nine games ... Averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds ... Had two blocked shots and one steal ... Shot 80 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free throw line. Saw game action in five Conference USA contests and four non-conference games ... Shot 100 percent from the field and free throw line in C-USA play ... Netted a career-high six points and went 2-2 from the foul line in a win over Tulane (2/10)... Pulled down one rebound in a home victory over SMU (1/13)... Had two rebounds and one blocked shot in five minutes of play vs. Marshall (12/4)... Played a career-high seven minutes and pulled down one board in a win over Arkansas State (11/22)... Came off bench and had two points, two rebounds and one steal in a win over Kentucky in the EA Sports Maui Invitational third-place game (11/16)... Scored two points and added one rebound and one blocked shot in the season-opening win over Jackson State (11/16).
Before College: Played for Coach Chris Chaney at The Patterson School in 2005-06 ... Averaged 14.7 points and 10.1 rebounds at Patterson ... Helped lead Patterson to a 34-3 overall record and a No. 3 national ranking (Scout.com) in 2005-06 ... Entering his prep season at Patterson, HoopScoopOnline.com ranked him among its top 20 fifth-year players (No. 16) ... Prior to Patterson, played Passaic County Tech in New Jersey ... In his final year at Passaic, averaged 18.4 points, 14.4 rebounds and 4.8 blocked shots ... Earned Herald News All-Area first team honors and Associated Press All-State third team accolades ... Helped lead Passaic Tech to an 18-7 overall record and the Northern Hills Skyline Conference title ... Named the 2005 WGHT Area Player of the Year ... Also selected to the WGHT All-Area first team ... Earned 2005 All-Passaic honors from The Star Ledger ... Had one of The Star Ledger area's top performances with 21 points, 15 boards and 10 blocks vs. West Milford ... A 2005 McDonald's All-America nominee ... Averaged 18.0 points as a junior and 13.2 points as a sophomore.
Personal: Hashim C. Bailey ... Born February 25, 1987 ... Son of Ferdiand Bailey and Pearl Bailey ... Major is undeclared.
#3 Doug Wiggins
Kellogg on Wiggins: "Doug has proven he can be successful at the highest level in college basketball. He will come in and provide great leadership even as he sits out this season. He will work to get our starters ready throughout the season and continue to keep himself in shape. We are very excited to welcome him to the program. This season will also help him get acclimated with our style of basketball so he is ready in 2009."
As a sophomore in 2007-08 (at Connecticut): Saw action in all 31 games as a sophomore and averaged 18.9 minutes per game ... Ended the season averaging 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game ... Season-high six assists against West Virginia (3/1) ... Scoring in double-figures in eight games with a season-best 20 points at South Florida (2/16) ... Also hauled in a career-best nine rebounds... That finished a stretch of three games in row with 10 more points ... Scored 10 points against Notre Dame (2/13) and Georgia Tech (2/9) ... Tallied 15 points in back-to-back games against Providence (1/17) and at Georgetown (1/12) ... Also had six rebounds against the Hoyas ... Had 10 points, five rebounds and five assists at Central Florida (12/28) ... Scored 10 points against Quinnipiac (12/16) ... Tallied 13 points against Gardner-Webb (11/15) in the Preseason NIT.
As a freshman in 2006-07 (at Connecticut): Played in all 31 games, making two starts at point guard against Indiana and at Louisville... Averaged 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game... Led team in steals eight times and assists on four occasions this season... Scored six points against Syracuse in the BIG EAST Tournament... Tallied seven points at Georgetown... Tallied 10 points and two steals in win over Seton Hall ... Had eight points and two steals vs. Georgia Tech... Tallied 10 points and two assists against Providence... Scored eight points and dished five assists in first career start vs. Indiana... Had a team-leading 19 points, four steals and three rebounds against Marquette... Scored a career-high 20 points, hitting four three-pointers, against West Virginia... Had eight points and four boards against Coppin State... Scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds in win over Pepperdine... Had 14 points, two rebounds and two assists in win over Northeastern... Hit all five field goals and four free throw attempts against Texas Southern to end the night with 17 points and four assists... Scored 12 points and tallied five assists in win over Sacred Heart.
Before College: Finished his four-year varsity career with 1,763 points... As a senior at East Hartford H.S. in 2005-06, he averaged 32.0 points, 7.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 steals per game ... He was the Connecticut Gatorade High School Player of the year as East Hartford finished the season 19-3 and won the CCC North title ... Was selected to the 2006 Hartford Courant and New Haven Register All-State First teams ... Was an All-Conference Selection and served as captain of his team ... Led the state of Connecticut in scoring... As a junior in 2004-05, he averaged 26 points per game ... He was selected to the 2005 Hartford Courant All-State first team ... Was an All-Conference selection as well ... Served as captain of the team and led the state of Connecticut in scoring.
Personal: Doug Edwards Wiggins... Born January 26, 1988 in Hartford, Conn .... Son of Doug Wiggins Sr. and Charmaine McQuillar ... Has four brothers, Devonte, Tijae, Doug, and Derrell, and two sisters Celeste and Shirrell ... Plans to major in African-American Studies at UMass.
#13 Travon Wilcher
Kellogg On Wilcher: "Travon is a very hard-working player and a young man who has paid his dues, sitting out last year. He is ready to make an impact in his first season. He brings unique athleticism and energy. His body-type is perfect for our style of play and he will be able to help us out immediately."
In 2007-08: Attended UMass as a student, sat out to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.
Before UMass: Finished his prep career at Lee Academy in Lee, Maine under coach Karl Parker ... Played at Springfield Central High School prior to Lee from 2003-05 ... Also played AAU ball for the New England Playaz and coach T.J. Gassnola ... All-Tournament at the Providence Jam Fest ... Also received interest from Oklahoma, Temple, Xavier, Rhode Island and Missouri.
Personal: Travon Maurice Wilcher ... Born October 24, 1987 in Springfield, Mass. ... Son of Sheila and Tracy Wilcher ... Brother of Marquita, Shanita and Diamond.
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