There are 16 players enrolled at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Me., this September, and many are hoping to land at Division I schools in the fall of 2003.
Rivalshoops.com caught up with Karl Henrikson recently, and the departing MCI head coach was able to fill us in on his roster additions for the 2002-2003 campaign. (For more on Henrikson's decision to leave MCI, please click here.
Three of the newcomers have already committed to Division I programs and the trio is expected to play a big role in any success that MCI has this season.
Marquis Kately, a 6-5 small forward from Oakland, Calif., is probably the best known of the bunch. The strong and powerful athlete will be a fifth-year senior at MCI, meaning that he will be able to improve both his core GPA and test score this year. He signed last spring with the California Golden Bears.
Another player from the Bay Area, slinky 6-7 forward Rekalin Sims, will probably play at the power forward slot for MCI this winter. He had signed last year with the University of San Francisco, and is headed back there next year. He will also be a fifth-year senior.
Another Division I bound senior is Chris Moore of Texas, a 6-4 shooter deluxe who committed to Tulane within the past month.
Others of note include:
Kieron Achara, a 6-10, 215 pound Scotland native who is being looked at heavily by Duquesne out of the Atlantic 10. Early reports indicate that Achara will need to work on his strength and conditioning at MCI, but that he has a 7-4 wingspan and considerable upside.
Mike Tuck, a 6-5 forward from Toronto, Ont., who has a smooth three point stroke. Tuck played quite well with Rick Barrett's Gym Rat program at the adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas this past July.
Dominic Bishop, a slippery 6-0 point guard who will need to refine his speed and become a steadying influence at the lead guard position. He has the speed to do so and has improved his three point stroke over the past year. Bishop played with both the Albany City Rocks and G.C. Ballers travel teams in the past year.
Brian Andre, a husky 6-9, 260 pound power forward/center, is a bit of a local legend in Maine after a very successful high school career at Valley H.S. in Bingham. Blessed with size and good hands, he is also going to be a fifth-year senior working on both his core and test score.
Franklin Robinson, a 6-3 scorer from Sylmar, Calif. He played with the Pump's #2 squad in the summer of 2001 at both the adidas Big Time and Best of Summer Tournaments.
Darnell Evans, a 6-3 combo guard from Largo, Md., who attended both Five-Star and the Eastern Invitational within the past summer.
Jay Townsend, a 6-2 southpaw shooter from Sheehan H.S. in Wallingford, Conn., who has played with Wayne Simone's Connecticut Select program for the past few years. He needs to get the SAT score.
George Wright, an athletic 6-6, 210 pound forward from Everett, Mass. Wright is a postgrad who will use the extra year to work on his test score. His brother played football at Penn State.
Wendell Bennett, a 6-2 shooting guard from St. Anthony's H.S. in Jersey City, N.J., is a full academic qualifier hoping to boost his stock with a postgrad year at MCI. He played behind a trio of Division I players last year in the St. Anthony's backcourt.
Josh Daniels, a 6-3 guard, is one of the few returning players from last year's squad. He is a native of Everett, Wash.
The last two players of note are Justin Jones of Texas and A.J. Burton. Both have scored exceptionally high on the SAT. Jones, a 5-10 point guard from Westlake H.S. in Austin, Tex., has scored an 1100, while Burton has achieved a 1530. The 6-5 Burton attended Walt Whitman H.S. in Bethesda, Md. prior to enrolling at MCI. Both Burton and Jones will be postgraduate students at MCI this year.Rivalshoops.com plans on catching MCI in action several times this winter, so stay tuned to this site for player updates in the coming months.