Men's Basketball

UMass Secures Two Signees From Class of 2013

Derek Kellogg

Derek Kellogg

Nov. 20, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg announced that 6-foot-7 forwards Seth Berger and Zach Coleman have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Minutemen, beginning next season.

Berger is entering his senior season at Ballard H.S. and is listed as the fifth-best prospect in the state of Washington. He has helped the Beavers to three playoff appearances and one state tournament showing.

He was a KingCo 4A Second Team All-League selection by the Seattle Times last year when he posted averages of 15.3 points and nine rebounds per game. As a sophomore he averaged 12.9 ppg and was Ballard's second-leading rebounder while earning Honorable Mention All-League honors. The Beavers also made their first state tournament appearance since 2002 that season.

Berger has been attending the Emerald City Pioneers Basketball Academy for the past seven years.

"I think Seth brings a great feel for the game and is a competitor and winner," Kellogg said. "I am really looking forward to him being part of the UMass family."

Coleman attends Woodrow Wilson H.S. in Dallas and was recently named to the Dallas Morning News' Preseason All-Area team following a junior year that saw him average 16 points, 13.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Class 4A school. He was a Third Team All-Area selection last season. He plays AAU ball for the Dallas Mustangs.

"Zach reminds me a lot of guys that have been in the program lately - a versatile player who can shoot and score around the rim," Kellogg said. "And he comes from the same program in Dallas as Trey Davis which is a highly respected program nationally.

"I think they fit into what's been successful here at UMass. Players who can play multiple possessions and have high character while continuing to improve their games."



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