DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's basketball coach Phil Rowe officially announced today the signing of four recruits for the upcoming 2001-02 season. Ronnie Dennis, a 6-3 point guard from Abbeville, Al., Brandon Krug, a 6-7 forward from Dwight, Ill., David Sands, a 6-7 forward from Princeton, N.J. and Roland Williams, a 5-11 point guard from Eglin AFB, Fla., comprise Rowe's second consecutive strong recruiting class.
"I am extremely pleased these four young men will join redshirt freshmen (6-8) Ben Sturgill and (6-4) Brady Catlett to give us a very solid group to add to our returnees," Rowe said. "Our biggest need of adding a quality point guard after the graduation of Colin (Donahue) has been addressed with the addition of Roland and Ronnie.
"We also are very happy to add Brandon and Dave to our front court," added Rowe. "These young men will have opportunities to play major roles in our growing process. I think the fans of New Hampshire basketball will be excited to see these guys play. The quickness and athleticism they bring to the court everyday will be a boost to our up-tempo game that we are becoming known for."
Dennis, whose prep team qualified for the Alabama state playoffs all three years he was there, averaged 18.0 ppg. and 8.0 apg. over three seasons for Abbeville High School. Dennis was league MVP his senior season as well as taking all-conference and all-district honors.
Krug, who holds the career record for rebounds and blocked shots at Dwight Township High School, averaged a double-double his senior season with 22.4 ppg. and 10.5 rebounds, including 5.4 blocked shots per game. Krug was all-conference and all-area his junior and senior seasons and was selected to the all-state second team in 1999-00 and 2000-01.
Sands, whose Tabor Academy basketball team won the 1999-2000 New England Prep B Championship and was the runner-up in 2000-01, averaged 13.3 ppg. and 11.7 rpg. at Tabor (Marion, Mass.).
Williams, the all-time leading scorer at Rocky Bayou Christian School, averaged 28 ppg. and 5.0 apg. his senior season. Williams took part in numerous major camps in the southern region, including the Nike Invitational and Reebok Invitational, of which he was the MVP in 1999.
The recruits will likely see there first action in a Wildcat uniform in preseason exhibitions on Nov. 3 and 9 at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH opens the season a Notre Dame on Nov. 16 and host intrastate rival Dartmouth in the home-opener on Nov. 24.