Men's Basketball Inks Six More Players
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo has announced the signing of six basketball recruits for next season. The Bulls signed three junior college transfers and three incoming freshman for next year.
Robert Brown (Oak Park, MI/Oak Park) is a 6-4, 200-pound, junior college transfer who has Division I and Mid-American Conference experience. Brown played the 1998-99 season at Central Michigan and then transferred to play last season at Schoolcraft Junior College in Michigan. At CMU, Brown played in 10 games where he played behind Freshman of the Year Mike Manciel. Last season, he finished ninth in the country in rebounds with 11.2 per game and was third in the country in field goal percentage hitting 65.5% (222-for-339) from the field while averaging 18 points per game. He received NJCAA All-American honorable mention honors last season as well.
"Robert gives us experience and leadership and plays with a lot of intensity," said UB head coach Reggie Witherspoon. "Having played for a year at Central Michigan, he's MAC tested and MAC ready. I feel that gives us an edge with a player who can compete right away at this level."
Carlos Gill (Flint, MI/Flint Northern) is another big body at 6-7, 220 pounds. Gill is a junior college transfer from Brown Mackie Junior College. He led the team to a regional runner-up finish last season while finishing tenth in the country in rebounding with 10.1 boards pre game and averaged 18.5 points. Gill attended Flint Northern High School where he played with Mateen Cleeves of Michigan State. He was an all-state selection in Michigan and a Mr. Basketball finalist his senior season. Gill was a two-time Nike All-American Camp participant and was named a camp all-star his second year there.
"Carlos is guy who has really matured greatly and is a big kid who is very versatile on the floor," said Witherspoon. "That versatility gives us a lot of depth. He's a strong kid who can handle the ball and is able to make the players around him better."
Kevin Swoffer (Independence, Mo/William Christian) is another junior college transfer from McCook Junior College in Nebraska. Swoffer is a 6-10, 250-pound inside player with the ability to bang on the boards for rebounds. He played his freshman season at Marshaltown Junior College before playing last season at McCook. Last year he averaged 10 points and eight rebounds and led his team to a 25-7 record last season.
"Kevin is a big kid who gives us immediate size around the basket. He can battle down low and gives us a pure post player," said Witherspoon. "He has good hands and hits the boards strong and is ready to step in and play right now."
The Bulls also signed three incoming freshman for next year. Carlton Dotson (Hurlock, MD/North Dorchester) is a 6-7 forward who averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds during his senior season in high school. Dotson was named Most Valuable Player in the conference his senior year and was named to the Conference All-Stars. As a junior, he was an all-state selection, and was expected to be named again his senior year when those announcements are made.
"Carlton can put the ball on the floor and can shoot well," said Witherspoon. "He can play on the perimeter or the post. We look for him to get a little stronger to fight harder down low to compliment his strong outside game."
Brian Kennedy (Madison, WI/Madison West) was recruited by several other MAC schools -Northern Illinois, Kent and Western Michigan- despite missing most of last season. Kennedy is a 6-2, 180 pound guard who transferred high schools going into his senior season and because of transfer rules had to sit out the first 22 games of the season. He played in the state tournament and in his first game scored 17 points off the bench while leading the team to a win. As a junior, he averaged 17 points and nine rebounds and was a member of the state champion AAU team the last two years.
"Brian was heavily recruited by other schools in our conference and we're excited to have him come to UB. I think it shows people that what we have to offer here at UB as far as our campus and our academics is attractive to student-athletes," said Witherspoon. "Brian is a kid who is ready to play right away at this level. He's a wing player with a lot of athleticism who can defend well."
Amadou Koundoul (Dakar, Senegal/Faith Christian Academy) is another incoming freshman. Koundoul has been a member of the Senegal Junior National Team and the Senior National Team. At 6-7, 225 pounds, Koundoul has the ability to post up down low and can handle the ball in the open court. He was recruited by Temple, Louisville and Iowa State.
"Amadou is another kid that will allow people to feel good about what UB has to offer. He was heavily recruited by some nationally known schools and he chose UB because he really loved the campus and the academic background," said Witherspoon. "He's a 6-7 player who can play every position on the floor effectively and is ready to play at this level right away."
In addition to these six players, the Bulls signed junior college transfer Gabe Cagwin (Belfair, WA) earlier this spring. Cagwin is a 5-10, 165-pound point guard from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO.
"These players will give us the opportunity to compete right away, we just have to bring them all together. We have some people who have versatility which will help in depth, and we have players whose games complement each other and will help make everyone else around them play better," said Witherspoon. "We just have to get the team to come together as a group."
The Bulls' coaching staff finished this year's recruiting period and came away excited about the players coming into the program.
"We did the best we could being late in the game," said Witherspoon. "We didn't get a chance for the home visits in September like everyone else did and didn't have last summer, but we did the best we could to tear it down and build it back up in a short amount of time."
In addition, Witherspoon noted that Kerry Hendrickson, Rick Fox and Brian
Keenan have asked for and received their release from the program and will not
return next year.
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