NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Merrimack men's basketball coach, Bert Hammel, who enters his 33rd season in 2012, announced the addition of seven players to the Warriors on Tuesday.
""We're very excited about this 2012 recruiting class," stated Hammel. "I think everybody brings something a little different to the table in terms of their playing styles. We feel that all the personalities seem like they'll mesh well and we really like the character of all the players coming in. It will be fun and exciting to get them all here and coach them."
The Warriors reached the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament for the 10th-consecutive season to cap off the 2011-12 campaign. Merrimack posted a 15-12 overall record with a 12-10 mark in league action this winter and a 9-4 record at home. Merrimack earned the sixth seed in the tournament and suffered a first-round loss at third-seeded Stonehill, the eventual Northeast-10 Tournament champion, to close out the year.
Merrimack's Class of 2012 became just the second senior class in program history to boast three 1,000-point scorers. Roland Davis accomplished the feat in the Warriors' season-opening win over Bloomfield with a 33-point performance. Wayne Mack eclipsed the millennium mark in Merrimack's home-opener as he scored 22 points. Aaron Strothers became the third Warrior in 2011-12 and 39th member of the 1,000-point club at Merrimack January 31.
Student-Athlete Position High School / Hometown
Anthony Barry G Brooks School/ Uxbridge, MA
Troy Hammel G Valencia/ Valenica, CA
Chris Mendes G Tabor Academy/ Somerset, MA
Gelvis Solano G Health Professions/ New York, NY
JT Strickland G Georgetown Prep/ Laurel, MD
Marcus Swedberg F Moultonborough Academy/Moultonborough, NH
Ryan Woumn G East Tennessee State/ Lynn, MA
Anthony Barry, 6-4, Guard, (Uxbridge, MA/ Brooks School)
2011: First team all-star…led team to 14-7 record…named Hutkins Ross Tournament MVP.
Hammel on Barry:"Anthony will add some size and athletic ability from the wing position. He has a knack for getting to the basket and finishing above the rim as well as guarding multiple positions on the defensive end."
Troy Hammel, 5-11, Guard, (Valencia, CA/ Valencia)
2011: Was named First Team All-League…named team MVP…recorded a school record 45 points in a game as a senior…received the Valencia High School student-athlete award…named Simi Valley Tournament MVP…named to the Canyon All-Tournament team.
Hammel on Hammel: "Troy is a tireless worker who can really shoot the basketball. Along with his ability to knock down the 3 and mid-range pull up, he is not afraid to get into the lane and finish in the paint or create for an open teammate."
Chris Mendes, 6-0, Guard, (Somerset, MA/ Tabor Academy)
2011: Honorable mention All-League…coaches award recipient as a senior…averaged 11.0 points, 7.4 assists and 3.0 steals per game…shot 78.0 % from the free throw line and had an assist to turnover ratio of 2.8 to 1.
Gelvis Solano, 6-1, Guard, (New York, NY/ Health Professions)
2011: Averaged 30.0 points, 5.0 assists and 13 rebounds a game as a senior…was named team MVP…was named Max Prep Player of the Year…was named to the Second team All-Manhattan team.
Hammel on Solano: "Gelvis is a very talented basketball player. He is long and has the ability to score in different ways, as well as put the ball on the floor and create for teammates. His length and athleticism also allow him to be a pest on the defensive end of the floor."
JT Strickland, 6-0, Guard, (Laurel, MD/ Georgetown Prep)
2011: Named All-AIC Conference as a senior…named to the All-Jesuit Classic Tournament team…led the conference with 7.0 assists per game…ranked in the top 10 in the conference in points, free throw percentage and three point field goals.
Hammel on Strickland: "JT is a very unselfish and pure point guard. He has good size for his position and can really push the ball up the floor in transition and find open teammates on the wing or get into the paint and drive and dish."
Marcus Swedberg, 6-7, Forward, (Moultonborough, NH/ Moultonborough Academy)
2011: Led his team to the New Hampshire class "S" Championship with a 22-0 record…received the Jack Ford New Hampshire basketball Scholar-Athlete Award…division IV New Hampshire basketball Player of the Year…First Team All-State player…broke 1,000 career points, finishing with 1,090…holds the school record for blocks in a season with 65 and a career with 193.
Hammel on Swedberg: "Marcus will add some size to this guard-dominated class. He will be a good teammate, has a good shot and is crafty in the post."
Ryan Woumn, 6-3, Guard, (Lynn, MA/ East Tennessee State)
Appeared in five games at East Tennessee State last season before transferring to Merrimack...was named to the All Boston Fox Channel top 25 team as a senior at Lynn English…conference MVP as a junior…North Eastern Conference All-Star and Boston Globe Dream Team member.
Hammel on Woumn: "Ryan will provide some experience and size from the guard position. He is a savvy player that can shoot the ball from the outside and make smart basketball plays."