Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Manhatten Men Add Strong Guard Group

Here's another in the series looking at players joining conference teams for the coming season.

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- Donovan Kates, 6-5 guard, Christian County H.S., Hopkinsville, Ky.

Kates averaged 20 points and 7 rebounds per game this past season, while making 77 3-pointers.

Donovan is a versatile player with a great skill set and he can play a multitude of positions for us," said Manhattan coach Steve Masiello. "With his work ethic and pedigree the sky is the limit for Donovan."

- Decarlos Anderson, 6-2 point guard, I.C. Norcum H.S., Suffolk, Va.

He averaged 15.8 points per game this past season.

"Decarlos is a winner who has experienced success throughout his high school career," said Masiello. "He can play multiple positions in the backcourt and we will look for him to be an integral part of our basketball team."

- Emmanuel Andujar, 6-5 wing, Rice H.S., NYC.

He averaged 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists this past season.

"He continues a great tradition of Rice High School players who come to Manhattan," said Masiello. "Anytime you get a player from Rice, you are getting a high quality person and student-athlete who will be successful on and off the court. Emmy fits the mold of a player who can be used in multiple positions and one who has a high skill set."

- Ryan McCoy, 6-6 wing, Montgomery (N.J.) H.S.

No senior season statistics available. He averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game as a junior.

McCoy was signed by former Manhattan coach Barry Rohrssen during the early period.

ANALYSIS: New head coach Steve Masiello was hired relatively late, yet still brought in what appears to be three solid recruits in Anderson, a point guard, and two wing players in Andujar and Kates. McCoy, another versatile win, signed in the early period. Rohrssen actually had four early period signees, but three of those opted not to honor those commitments after Rohrssen was fired. It meant the Jaspers lost out on 6-10 center Edson Avila (headed to Seward JC in Kansas), point guard Davontay Gray (headed to prep school) and wing player Zach Lamb.

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