Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rider Men add Solid Present, Future Parts

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

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- Junior Fortunat, 6-8 forward, Roman Catholic H.S., Philadelphia.

Fortunat, a native of Quebec, averaged 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game for high powered Roman Catholic this past season.

- Mark Medley, 6-3 guard, Tatnall H.S., Wilmington, Del.

He averagted 20.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this past season.

- Eddie Mitchell, 6-0 guard, LaSalle H.S., Philadelphia

He averaged 16.2 points per game this past season.

- Charles Oliver, 6-2 guard, Scotch Plains (N.J.) H.S.

He averagted 21.8 points an 5.3 rebounds per game this past season.

- Jeff Jones, 6-4 guard, transfer from U of Virginia.

Jones was a part-time starter at UVA over three seasons there, scoring 555 total points. He was at Rider last season and, as per transfer rules, was able to practice. He is eligible this season with just one year of eligibility remaining.

ANALYSIS: A good incoming class. Jones should be an impact player, a big-time scorer, for Rider helping keep the team strong this coming season. Fortunat could eventually be a potent inside force while the three freshmen guards (Medley, Mitchell and Oliver) all could contend or playing time early and, together, make up the future of the Broncs' backcourt.

"This is a recruiting class that will not only make an immediate impact but also continue to lay the foundation for long term success here at Rider," said Rider coach TommyDempsey.

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