Bigman Putney Completes UMass Basketball Early Signing NLIs
Nov. 21, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg finished his first signing period in Amherst with an exclamation point, signing talented bigman Raphiael Putney (Woodbridge, Va.). The forward/center stands 6-9 and weighs 180 pounds as he is in his senior year at Woodbridge High School.
Putney joins the class of highly-touted forward Sampson Carter (Memphis, Tenn.), aggressive swingman Javorn Farrell (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and dynamic scoring guard Freddie Riley (Ocala, Fla.) who signed with the Minutemen earlier during the NLI period.
"Raphiael Putney is exactly the type of player we are looking to recruit at UMass," said Kellogg. "He is a long athletic 6-9 player. He is a little thin, but we anticipate he will able to add on weight. 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.
"I have spoken with his parents are length about his prospects of coming in as a freshman and we will see how he does physically. Once he puts on the weight and gets stronger and more physical, he has a chance to be a great player in college. 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."
Putney has been heavily recruited nationally since breakout performances with the DC Triple Threat and a standout showing at the Reebok All-American Camp, where Kellogg first saw him. At the Reebok camp, he was selected to play in the event's All-Star Game with the 24 best players there, in Philadelphia.
At Woodbridge High School, Putney has been on the varsity squad since his sophomore year. he averaged 9.0 points per game as a junior. Putney's senior season schedule with the Vikings starts on Dec. 2 for head coach Chad Anderson. He plays his AAU basketball for the DC Triple Threat/Team Takeover under coach Keith Stevens.
ESPN.com has a grade of 88 according to the website's system which makes him the site's No. 58 power forward in this year's recruiting class.
Raphiael R. Putney is the son of Richard Putney and was born on April 21, 1990.
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